Volunteers of the Year Award

Any official YALSA group or individual appointed to an official YALSA group is eligible for this recognition. This award was first given in 2013.  Nominations accepted through Dec. 1 of each year.  The recognition includes a one year membership to YALSA and a commemorative certificate for each category's winner(s). 

The YALSA Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of YALSA during a given service year.  Awards are given out for:

  • Chair: leadership of an advisory board, jury, committee or task force
  • Appointed Member: contributions within an advisory board, jury, committee or task force
  • Group: work conducted as a whole by an advisory board, jury, committee or task force

Nominations accepted through Dec. 1 of each year.  The recognition includes a one year membership to YALSA and a commemorative certificate for each category's winner(s).

To nominate yourself, a group or an individual, please use this online form.

2013

Individual Member: Gretchen Kolderup (Member Manager for The Hub)

Committee: 2012 YA Lit Symposium Planning Taskforce (Kate Pickett, chair, Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, KS; Hannah Berry, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL; Patricia Ann Carleton, Saint Louis Public Library, Saint Louis, MO; Carolyn A. Dietz, Saint Louis Public Library, Saint Louis, MO; Carla Riemer; and Tom E. Spicer, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL) 

2014

Kellie Tilton, administrative assistant of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee

2015

Sarah Hashimoto, member of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults and Robin Fogle Kurz, Chair of the 2015 William C. Morris Award Committee.

2016

Tara Smith, Chair of the Publications Advisory Board and Melanie Wachsmann, administrative assistant of the Amazing Audiobooks Committee 

2017

Traci Glass, Chair of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens and Dawn McMillan, member of the 2016 YALSA Symposium Marketing and Planning Taskforce, and the 2016 Margaret Edwards Award Committee (Chair Valerie D. Davis, Campbell (Ky.) County Public Library; Dr. Joni Richards Bodart, San Jose (Calif.) State University School of Information; Elizabeth A. Burns, New Jersey State Library, Talking Book & Braille Center, Trenton, N.J.; Jose M. Ocasio, LaPlace (La.) St. John the Baptist Parish Library; Diane P. Tuccillo, Fort Collins (Colo.) Poudre River Public Library District).