High School & Young Adult Library Services Section

The HS/YA Library Services Section is thrilled to announce that the 2013 St. Katharine Drexel Award winner is Kimberley Willis Holt, of Amarillo, TX.  Ms. Holt has written seventeen books, and won many awards and honors, including the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She’s never gone back to a traditional job.

The St. Katharine Drexel Award was established in 1966 under the title Certificate of Merit and renamed in 2002. Presented by the High School and Young Adult Library Services Section through the St. Katharine Drexel Award Committee, the St. Katharine Drexel Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the growth of high school librarianship.

This section actively sponsors and participates in all activities of the Catholic Library Association, especially those contributing to the growth of high school librarianship and young adult librarianship in the public library.  It also fosters interest in the field of high school and young adult literature.  It encourages communication and support among members.  It achieves its goals through:

-     Presentation of the Katharine Drexel Award to recognize a person or group for excellence in high school or young adult literature

-     Sponsoring of timely programs of interest to high school and young adult literature at the annual CLA Convention

-     Dissemination of a newsletter to members to keep them informed of happenings in the association and in high school and young adult literature

-     Hosting a listserv open to members and nonmembers to share issues and concerns in high school and young adult literature

To join this section, consult the membership form on CLA’s website www.cathla.org

Kathy Steves, Chair, Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, NY  email this member

Annette Thibodeaux, Vice Chair and Treasurer, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Metairie, LA  email this member

Maxine Lucas, Secretary, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA   email this member

Jennifer Bello, Newsletter Editor, Providence High School, Studio City, CA email this member