YALSA seeks editor for upcoming publication

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/31/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is seeking an experienced editor for its upcoming publication based off its Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff resource. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2018.

In 2017, YALSA published an update to its competencies resource, Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff, which is meant to help libraries of all sizes and capacities to provide quality library service in collaboration with teens. Merely having a list of competencies, however, is not enough. Library staff and their supervisors and administrators need help in knowing how to embed the competencies in the work of library staff and how to measure their success in achieving them.

The publication, tentatively titled Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: A Practical Guide, will examine each of the ten competencies and provide practical examples, suggestions, and resources aimed at front line library staff. The rationale behind the competencies will also be addressed so as to demonstrate how each one contributes to providing excellent service for and with teens.

The editor will receive a one-time stipend to compile, edit, and write content, as well as work with a group of contributors to produce a cohesive publication. The tentative deadline for the publication is September 2019.

Read the full description of editor responsibilities and qualifications here. Candidates must send a cover letter and resume via email to Anna Lam at alam@ala.org by December 1, 2018.

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.