YALSA opens program proposals for 2017 Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Wed, 06/01/2016


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22 - 27, 2017. Proposals may be submitted through August 1, 2016 via this form by logging into or creating an ALA account.

Program proposals being submitted should be creative, innovative programs that address topics of focus in the Future of Library Services for & with Teens: A Call to Action report. Proposals must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Teens/demographics
  • Collections/Content Curation
  • Spaces (physical and virtual)
  • Programming
  • Advocacy
  • Staffing
  • Youth Participation
  • Outreach
  • Administration/Policy

Individuals may submit multiple proposals; however, no individual will be chosen to present or co-present more than one program. Proposals that are largely sales pitches or that focus on only one particular product will not be accepted.  All presenters, moderators, speakers, etc. will be expected to cover their own travel and conference registration costs.  Most program time slots are 60 minutes in length.  However, there are a limited number of 90 minute time slots available. Submit a program proposal here.

After all submissions are collected, the YALSA membership will vote on all of the programs that were submitted to determine which programs will move forward.  Those who submitted proposals will be notified of their status the week of September 1, 2016.

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 www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.