Subramaniam awarded 2020 YALSA Outstanding Achievement Award

iSchool News - February 14, 2020

Subramaniam awarded 2020 YALSA Outstanding Achievement Award

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/13/2020

Anna Lam
Communications Specialist
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has awarded the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award to Mega Subramaniam.

Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as the 2020 recipient of YALSA’s Service to Young Adults Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Subramaniam. “I have dedicated my career to challenge the preconceived mindset and approach to library services and programs to young adults, with the goal of demonstrating the powerful roles that libraries can play in informal and formal learning. I am incredibly grateful to the library staff, young adults, and academic colleagues that have collaborated with me – translating emerging research findings to innovative youth librarianship practices.”

Subramaniam will receive $2,000 as recognition for her significant, unique and sustained devotion to young adult services through her work.

Applications for the Outstanding Achievement Award are accepted every odd year and is awarded every even year. The award is generously sponsored by longtime YALSA member Marney Welmers. Learn more.

The Outstanding Achievement Award Jury members are: Chair Sara Gibson, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo, OH; Heather Colby, Homer Township Public Library District, Homer Glen, IL; Kim Farnsworth, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA; Katherine Mowery, Fox Lake District Library, Fox Lake, IL; and Melissa Noelle, Merrifield, VA.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: