[San Francisco] Bay Area Young Adult Librarians is an organization for teen services professionals working in public and school libraries.
We provide continuing education, networking, and professional support for librarians.
We review fiction and nonfiction books, and publish bi-monthly reviews.
President: Brandi Bette Smead
Brandi Bette is the Teen Services Librarian for the Benicia Public Library, and has worked for the City of Benicia since 2006. She is a graduate of Ohio University, with a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University (OH) specializing in Young Adult Services. Brandi Bette has spent her entire professional career in Benicia, focusing her time and energy on her biggest passion – teenagers! She is currently serving her third year as President of BAYA (Bay Area Young Adult Librarians).
President Elect: Kirstin Mandalay
Kirstin Mandalay is a librarian at San Leandro Public Library where she specializes in teen and adult programming, technical processing, and supervising and running a large teen volunteer program. She has 5 years’ experience as a librarian working in children’s services, teen’s services, adult services, and has been working in libraries since 2009.
Vice President: Matt Lorenzo
Matt served as the president of the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians Association (BAYA) and currently serves as the vice-president. He is the creator of CU Hacks, the first overnight hackathon for teenagers in a public library venue. Matt’s teen programs have been featured in both Library Journal and School Library Journal, and
he is the keynote speaker in LJ’s professional development course, “Coding Program Workshop.” He is also a published writer for the Voice Of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine. In 2015, Matt was the recipient of the SCCLD’s “Employee Excellence Award” and the “Outstanding Employee of the Year Award” for Santa Clara County. In 2017, Matt received the California Library Association’s “Young Adult Service Award of Achievement.”
Vice President Elect: Carla Avitabile
Carla Avitabile works for the San Mateo Public Library as a Librarian II. She has served on YALSA’s Teen Tech Week committee, Eureka! Fellow, and former BAYA president.
Secretary: Nicole Fernandez
With a passion for education and connecting with local communities through history, Nicole graduated with BA in History and a Minor in Modern Greek Studies from San Francisco State University in 2014. Nicole started a career in archiving as an Oral History Coordinator and Archivist for San Francisco State University’s Modern Greek Studies Department in 2014. Then transitioned her career to public libraries as a Library Assistant for San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) in 2015. She worked briefly as Community Program Specialist to coordinate the recruitment and training of Summer Outreach Interns in 2018. She became a Librarian for SMCL that same year after her receiving her MLIS from San Jose State University. Nicole focuses on expanding learning experiences for children and teens through innovative programs and services.
Treasurer: Beth Wrenn-Estes
Beth has held positions in school and a public libraries since graduating from the University of Denver School of Information and Library Science in 2000. Her first job out of library school was the Manager of Technical Services, Collection Development and Acquisitions for Denver Public Schools in Colorado. Before started teaching for SJSU full-time she worked at Lone Tree Library in Douglas County, CO. Beth was a youth services librarian and was responsible for both collection, programming and services for the children’s department. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth. Beth has taught in the iSchool at San Jose State University for the past 12 years as well as currently being the Business Manager of California Library Association and the Treasurer for BAYA.
Beth moved to El Cajon, CA. from the bay area in October of 2017 to be close to her daughter and grand daughters.
Book Review Editor: Andrea Mullarkey
Andrea works at the Berkeley Public Library at the Tarea Hall South Branch where she mostly tries to keep up with all the exciting ideas the leadership teens have. She loves diverse books, believes in digital privacy and generally tries to build a safer space for teens at the library.
Web Team: Megan Keane
Megan Keane is a problem solver and network builder with an extensive background in nonprofit community management, libraries, and volunteer management. After recently finishing her MLIS degree from San Jose State University, Megan currently works as a public librarian in the SF Bay Area. When not in the library, Megan can be found teaching or practicing yoga, hiking, or curled up with a good book, and is a self-professed penguin nutcase enthusiast. Connect with her on Twitter: @penguinasana.
Web Team: Jessica Lundin
Jessica works in Teen and Adult Services for the San Jose Public Library system. She is a regular member of the system’s Teens Reach Coordinator group, Summer Learning Committee as a system-wide program trainer, and Graphic Novel Making Contest Committee member. If there was a minor in Craft Management, Jessica would have one.