About BAYA

Bay Area Teen Librarians

[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.

BAYA Officers

Officer Bios

BAYA President – 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.

BAYA Vice President – 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.

BAYA 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 13 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.

BAYA Secretary: Erika Palafox

Erica Gonzalez Palafox works for San Mateo County Libraries as a library assistant. She loves reading, watching movies, BBC dramas and coming up with fun program ideas for Teens.

BAYA Book Review Editor: Hallie Fields

Hallie is a Teen Services Librarian at the Alameda Free Library where she specializes in programming, collection development, and teen volunteer programs. When Hallie’s not behind the reference desk, you’ll find her reading books, listening to audiobooks, and talking about her favorite reads on social media. Hallie is also a member of YALSA’s Social Media Taskforce. Hallie has previously worked as an adult services librarian, virtual reference librarian, and an embedded librarian in online classes.

BAYA President Elect – Amy Truter

BAYA Vice President Elect – 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.

BAYA 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.

BAYA Web Team: Jessica Lundin

Jessica works in Teen and Adult Services for the San Jose Public Library system. She has a passion for teen programming, YA reads, teen and adult graphic novels, comics, and manga, and loves planning craft programs.