Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award

This award 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 significant, unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through substantial work across the tradjectory of their career in any two or more of these initiatives:

  • Conducting and publishing research for young adult services, related to YALSA's Research Agenda
  • Publication or presentation of knowledge or best practices relating to library services for and with young adults, as outlined by YALSA's guidelines
  • Advocating for library services for young adults
  • Mentoring of other professionals in the field of young adult library services
  • Notable efforts in furthering the mission of YALSA

One recipient will be designated every two years. Suitable candidates are those who have a significant body of work over the course of their career that has had a compelling and lasting impact on teen services or YALSA.  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. Nominations must be submitted by December 1.

Winners

2008 - Michael Cart
2010 - Patty Campbell
2012 - no award given
2013 - Gretchen Kolderup
2014 - Pam Spencer Holley
2016 - Betsy Fraser

Eligibility

  • Self-nominations are allowed.
  • The nominee is a current personal member of ALA/YALSA.  The nominator does not need to be a member of ALA or YALSA (so long it is not a self-nomination).
  • The nominee meets two or more of the criteria listed above (research, publishing, advocacy, mentoring, YALSA mission support)
  • The nominee has a significant body of work over the course of their career that has had a compelling and lasting impact on teen services or YALSA.  This award is not for an individual achievement; rather, it's for a body of work or a sustained effort over a number of years.

Submission Guidelines

  1. All entries must be submitted online.
  2. Entries should be models of clarity and completeness.
  3. Questions should be directed to Nichole O'Connor at noconnor@ala.org or at: 800/545-2433 x 4387
  4. Applications are only accepted during odd years and must be received no later than December 1.