Service to Young Adults Outstanding 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 demonstratedsignificant, unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through substantial work 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 that has had a significant 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.


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


  1. All entries must be submitted online.
  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.
  4. Questions should be directed to Nichole O'Connor at or at: 800/545-2433 x 4387
  5. Applications are only accepted during odd years and must be received no later than December 1.