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CLA Young Adult Services Award
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The CLA Young Adult Services Award of Achievement recognizes the accomplishments of an exceptional librarian or paraprofessional working in young adult services in a school or public library.  The award is sponsored by the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA).

All members of the library community are invited to take this opportunity to recognize a deserving young adult services colleague who has made significant contribution in the area of young adult services.

A maximum of one award is given each year. The CLA Young Adult Services Award recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference. The winner will also receive $500 and a one-year membership to BAYA.


2018 Award Recipient

Kayla Marie Figard, San Mateo County Libraries

Kayla Marie Figard is a Teen Services Librarian at the Belmont Branch of the San Mateo County Libraries. She has been working in libraries for over 10 years - since she was 17 years old. She started out as a Teen Advisory Group volunteer and was hired as a shelver shortly after. Even then, she was a strong advocate for teens, offering her first large scale teen program that same year. During her time with SMCL, she has developed a series of robust programs to serve teens including a county-wide teen film festival, monthly life skills workshops, a system-wide young adult book festival, an LGBT+ youth support group, a do-it-yourself magazine made by teens and published quarterly, and most recently a Neutral Zone discussion group in which students discuss tough topics. She was named an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader in 2016, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) for her innovative and dynamic programming and services to teens. That same year, she received the Ken Haycock Award for Exceptional Professional Promise from San Jose State University’s iSchool, where she was the student speaker for her graduating class. Kayla Marie loves her job as a Teen Librarian (or Library Mom as her teens call her) and is incredibly honored to receive such a distinguished award.

Award Information

Application period
The 2018 award nomination period has closed.


  • Nominees nominated for the award are required to be CLA members.
  • Nominees must have worked for an entire year in a California library.
  • Nominees must submit three professional recommendations by nomination deadline. 
    • Recommendations should be emailed to Shana Sojoyner. When submitting recommendations by email, please label your files as follows: YAServices_nominee last name_ProfessionalReferences

How to Nominate

  • Nominators are not required to be CLA members however, if a nomination is made by a non-member, the nomination must be endorsed by a CLA member. If you need assistance in finding a CLA member to endorse your nomination, please contact the CLA office no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Nominators should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, identifying the nominee's achievements and briefly describing the impact of the achievements on those areas of the library profession that encompass young adult services.
  • Nominators may also write a Letter of Recommendation provided they are not nominating themselves.
  • If the nominator is also writing a Letter of Recommendation, the nomination statement may be a paraphrased version of the letter.

Criteria for selection are outstanding achievement in all of the following areas:

  • Nominees must have planned and implemented an outstanding, creative and innovative service for young adults in grades 6th-12th between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
  • Nominees must have created a program that has resulted in a positive impact in their library, resulting in positive community building for teens.
  • The nominee’s program or service must model best practices for teen programming, as outlined in YALSA's programming guidelines found at

Further information

  • The CLA Young Adult Services Award is coordinated by the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA) and CLA's Youth Services Interest Group (YSIG).
  • BAYA/YSIG may consider only those individuals who have been formally nominated for the award.
  • BAYA/YSIG 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.
  • Nominations and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00PM PDT on the last day of the nomination period.
  • If you have questions, please contact Brandi Bette Smead, BAYA President at

Nominate now!

2018 BAYA/YSIG Selection Committee Members:

Christina Appleberry, San Jose Public Library
Michelle Clark, Redwood City Public Library
Don Phillips, Santa Clara County Library District
Brandi Bette Smead, Benicia Public Library


Erik Berman, Alameda County Library
Rachel Kitzmann, Los Angeles Public Library