San Jose State University



Kayla Marie Figard

2016 Ken Haycock Award Recipient

Kayla Marie Figard is a Community Program Specialist at the Belmont Branch of the San Mateo County Libraries. She has been working in libraries for over 8 years - since she was 17 years old. She started out as a shelver and a strong advocate for teens, offering her first large scale teen program that same year. In her time with SMCL, she has adapted to fill many different roles in technology, marketing and publicity, teen services, children's services, and outreach. Currently, her focus is in teen services. She has developed a series of robust programs to serve teens including a countywide teen film festival, monthly life skills workshops, a system-wide young adult book festival, and a do-it-yourself magazine made by teens and published quarterly. She was recently named a 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) for her innovative and dynamic programming and services to teens. Kayla loves working in public libraries because of their dedication to promote lifelong learning as well as their role in building and supporting communities. While she loves working with teens, she also has interest in finding ways to better serve adults with developmental disabilities - a group that is considerably underserved. In addition, Kayla hopes to be a leader in libraries and to mentor the next generation of iSchool graduates and newcomers to the field of librarianship.