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CLA Technology New Leader Award
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 About the award | Current award recipient | Past award recipients

The CLA Technology New Leader Award cultivates new leadership in the field of library and information science technology. The award honors emerging leaders, enables them to attend and actively participate in the CLA conference, and encourages and inspires them to accept leadership roles within CLA’s Technology Interest Group (TIG) and the association as a whole. The award is sponsored by The Galecia Group.

A maximum of one award of $400 is given each year. CLA’s Technology New Leader is honored at the CLA annual conference and is enrolled into CLA’s Mentoring Program.

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2017 Award Recipient 

Gabriella Terzian, San Diego Public Library

Gabriella Terzian, aka Gigi, currently works as a Teen Services Librarian for the San Diego Central Library. She began her career with San Diego Public Library in 1999 and has since landed herself in a setting where she can savor her passion for design and technology in the library. She also coordinates the IDEA Lab (Innovation & Digital Expression Activity Lab) in the library, designing and leading instructional workshops geared for youth, using multiple graphic design software. Gigi is a proud, ambitious and enthusiastic individual who is continually exploring, developing and assessing innovative online tools and software for the purpose of engaging young library users, providing them with 21st century technology skills.

In her free time, she works as an AutoCAD drafter and graphic designer for professionals in the field of architecture and design. Gigi is a recent graduate from San Jose State University, where she has obtained her MLIS. Additionally, she holds a B.S. in Nutrition from San Diego State University and a Certificate in Interior Design from San Diego Mesa College. Gigi lives in San Diego, CA with her husband. They love to travel, cook and spend time with their two parrots, Gilligan and Frankenstein.


Award Information

Application period
The 2020 award application is open until June 1, 2020.


  • Applicants are required to be members of CLA.  If unsure, please contact the CLA Office for assistance no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a library degree program, be a recent library school graduate, or have no more than five years of post-master's degree experience.
  • Applicants agree to attend and report on technology meetings and programs at the CLA conference and must be willing to serve on a TIG committee or task force, or run for TIG office, following the annual conference.

How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to CLA:

  • A brief professional interest statement (no more than 500 words) explaining your interest and background in library technology and your career goals.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae is preferred but not required.
  • Evidence of technology projects at the student, paraprofessional, or professional level are all plusses that the committee considers.

Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: TIG New Leader_your last name_document (e.g.: TIG New Leader_smith_résumé; TIG New Leader_smith_CV).

Applications should be submitted using the online application form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Holly Macriss.

Further information

  • The CLA Technology New Leader Award is coordinated by CLA's Technology Interest Group (TIG)
  • TIG reserves the right not to give an award if a qualified candidate is not found.
  • Award recipients will be asked to submit a photograph to be used in award publicity.
  • Applications and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00pm on the submission deadline.
  • If you have any questions about the award, please contact Julie Oborny.

2020 CLA Technology New Leader Award Committee

  • Phillip Ballo
  • Julie Oborny, San Jose Public Library 
  • Tim Ream, Fullerton College
  • Gabriella Terzian, San Diego Public Library
  • Stacy Tomaszewski, San Jose Public Library (Chair)

Application period will close on June 1, 2020