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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 library professional 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 a $500 award 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 2019 award nomination period closed on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:00PM PST.


  • Nominees are required to be CLA members. If unsure, please contact the CLA Office for assistance no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Nominees must have worked for the entire year (2018) in a California library.
  • Nominees must have three professional recommendations submitted on their behalf, by the nomination deadline.
    • Recommendations should be emailed to Holly Macriss.
    • When submitting recommendations by email, please label your files as follows: YAServices_nominee last name_ProfessionalReferences (Example: YA Services_Printz_ProfessionalReferences)
  • Nominations and all supplemental materials must be received by 5:00PM PDT on the last day of the nomination period.

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 either the CLA office or BAYA no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Nominators must submit a statement of 500 words or less, identifying the nominee's achievements during 2018 and briefly describing the impact of the achievements on those areas of the library profession that encompass young adult services.
  • Candidates may nominate themselves.
  • 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 program or service for young adults between January 1 and December 31, 2018. (Young adult is defined as a youth between 6th and 12th grades.)
  • Nominees must have created a program or service that has brought a positive impact on 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.
  • If you have questions, please contact Brandi Bette Smead, BAYA President, at

Application period is now closed

2019 BAYA/YSIG Selection Committee Members:

Kayla Marie Figard, Belmont Public Library
Matt Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library District - Cupertino Public Library
Don Phillips, Santa Clara County Library District - Milpitas Library
Brandi Bette Smead, Benicia Public Library
Patricia Zeider, Mountain View Public Library


Erik Berman, Alameda County Library
Nicole Fernandez, San Mateo County Libraries
Dena Gould, Oxnard Public Library
Rachel Kitzmann, Los Angeles Public Library