ABC-CLIO/Greenwood/YALSA Service to Young Adults Achievement Award

This grant of $2,000 is funded by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood and is given out every other year (applications are accepted during odd years only).  The grant recognizes a member who has demonstrated unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through substantial work in any two or more of these initiatives:

  • The promotion of library services for young adults
  • Conducting and publishing research for young adults
  • Publication or presentation of knowledge or best practices relating to young adult literature or library services for young adults
  • Advocating for young adult literature or library services for young adults
  • Mentoring of other professionals in the field of young adult literature or library services
  • Notable efforts in furthering the mission of YALSA

One recipient will be designated every two years. If a suitable candidate is not found, the jury will remain active and present an award the following year.

Applications are due by December 1 in odd-numbered years.  Please submit nominations online. Entries must be emailed by December 1.


2008 - Michael Cart
2010 - Patty Campbell
2012 - no award given
2013 - Gretchen Kolderup
2014 - Pam Spencer Holley


  1. All entries must use be submitted online provided below by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  2. All persons being nominated must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted to be eligible.  The nominator does not need to be a member of ALA or YALSA.  
  3. Entries should be models of clarity and completeness and no more than one typed page. 
  4. Completed applications should be e mailed to Nichole O'Connor at with the name of the award in the subject line. Questions should be directed to Nichole at: 800/545-2433 x 4387
  5. Applications are only accepted during odd years and must be received no later than December 1.