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The CLA Young Adult Services Award of Achievement recognizes the accomplishments of an exceptional library professional working in young adult services in a public or school library during 2019. The award is sponsored by the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA) and endorsed by the Youth Services Interest Group (YSIG) of CLA.
A maximum of one award is given each year. The CLA Young Adult Services Award recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference: CLA 2020, October 22-24, Pasadena. The winner also receives a $500 award, a one-year BAYA membership, and reimbursement for a one-year CLA membership.


2019 Award Recipient

Rosalie Abbott, Sebastopol Regional Library

Rosalie C. Abbott, she/her/hers/ella, together with her ‘dream team’ colleagues at the Sebastopol Regional Library branch of the Sonoma County Library, has been striving to serve the people of Sonoma County since she joined the lineup as a Young Adult Services Librarian in the summer of 2017.

Rosalie,while collaborating with local teachers, makers, and community leaders, is bravely working to make the world a better place for teens. She enjoys tenaciously applying for grants like the blender bike, outdoor seating areas for teens, the weather station, and ‘care kits’ for the unhoused. Abbott is passionate about focusing on social and racial justice, inspiring girls & women to learn to code, offering opportunities for men & boys to sew, encouraging everyone to learn American Sign Language, and of course, listening to audiobooks.

Previously, she worked at the Biomedical Library at UCSD, CSU Monterey Bay Library, and SDSU Library. She also worked as a Librarian for the West Sonoma County Union High School District.

(Photo credit: Daisy Abbott)


Award Information

Application period
The 2020-2021 awards application period is open until December 7, 2020.


  • Nominees must have worked for the entire year (2019) in a California library.
  • Nominees must have one nomination statement and one professional letter of recommendation submitted on their behalf by the nomination deadline.
  • Nomination statement and letter of recommendation must be received by 5:00PM PDT on the last day of the nomination period.
  • Nominations must be endorsed by a CLA Member. If nominator is not a CLA member, please reach out to Sheri Greene, Co-Chair of CLA’s Youth Services Interest Group, at, for endorsement.
  • Nominees do not need to be CLA members, however, to receive the award, recipient must join CLA, if not already a member. CLA annual membership fees will be reimbursed by BAYA upon proof of payment.

How to Nominate

Nominators should submit:

  • A nomination statement providing evidence of the nominee’s significant contribution to young adults in their school or public library.
  • A letter of recommendation for the nomination, identifying the nominee's achievements while planning and implementing outstanding, creative, and innovative programs or services for young adults between January 1 and December 31, 2019. (Young adult is defined as a youth between 6th and 12th grades.)
  • Letter of recommendation may also serve as the nomination statement if the same professional writes both documents.

Candidates may nominate themselves but must have a professional letter of recommendation written by a colleague or mentor.

Please note: Nomination Statements and Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to Holly Macriss at When submitting by email, please label your files as follows: 

  • YASA_last name_letter of rec OR YASA_last name_ nomination
  • Example: YASA_Macriss_letter of rec OR YASA_Macriss_nomination

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 recipient will be asked to submit a photograph to be used in award publicity.
  • Award recipient will be asked to submit a statement about their young adult programs or services to be used on BAYA’s website.
  • Award recipient will be asked to present their young adult programs or services at a BAYA meeting. (This may be in person, live-streamed or pre-recorded.) 
  • Award recipient does not need to attend CLA’s Annual Conference to accept the award. (If they cannot attend CLA, recipient may accept the award via pre-recorded video.)
  • If you have questions, please contact Amy Truter, Chair of CLA’s YA Services Award, at

2020 BAYA/YSIG Selection Committee Members:

Amy Truter, Sunnyvale Public Library (Chair)
Nicole Fernandez, San Mateo County Libraries - Brisbane
Natalie McCall, Mill Valley Public Library


Sheri Greene, Youth Services Interest Group
Ashleigh Torres, El Dorado County Library

Application period will close on December 7, 2020



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