Johnson named YALSA’s 2017 Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/02/2016


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Laurel D. Johnson, a Young Adult Librarian at the Skokie (Illinois) Public Library, as its 2017 Emerging Leader.

Johnson will receive funding from YALSA to attend the American Library Association’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta and 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.

“I feel honored to have been selected as an Emerging Leader,” said Johnson. “And I am excited to gain experience in ALA and expand my skill set for tackling social justice issues through librarianship.”

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

YALSA’s participation in the Emerging Leaders program is funded through the Friends of YALSA (FOY). Each year, FOY donations fund over $14,000 in member awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends.

Friends of YALSA was created in 2005 to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. Learn more or donate at

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: