Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Children and Young Adult Services Award for Visionary Library Service to Youth, or perhaps better known as the CAYAS Visionary Award.  As most of you know, CAYAS is an Interest Group (IG) of the Washington Library Association and every year CAYAS recognizes an individual who, through their practice and example, provide inspiration and leadership for others who serve children and young adults in libraries. 

Those eligible to be nominated for this award include staff or volunteers from public, school or special libraries.  The work that qualifies an individual for nomination may include cumulated efforts over several years in the field of library service to youth, or may be a singular and exceptional effort that sets new standards for practice.  The purpose of the award is not only to commend the individual who will receive it, but also to appreciate and bring attention to the remarkable and tireless efforts of all individuals who work with young people in libraries.

Please solicit your institution’s library staff, board members and volunteers for suggestions as to who they think should be nominated for this prestigious award.  The winner will receive recognition at the annual conference, this year the joint WLA/PNLA conference to be held in Victoria B.C. in August 11-13, 2010.

The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2010 and may be submitted to me via email or U.S. mail as long as it is received on or before Feb. 20, 2010.  The nomination form can be found on the WLA website (scroll to the bottom of the page) at:

http://wla.org/scholarships-awards/

Thank you for considering nominating an individual to receive the Visionary Award.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Mary Comstock

CAYAS Board Position 3–Chair, Visionary Award Committee

Librarian I

Kingsgate Library – King County Library System

12315 NE 143rd Street

Kirkland, WA  98034

mtcomstock@kcls.org

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