Six library students win free registration for YALSA’s 2020 Virtual YA Services Symposium

For Immediate Release
Fri, 09/11/2020


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO – Six students have been selected to receive registration grants from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for its 2020 Young Adult Services Symposium. The grants will provide free registration to attend the symposium, which will be held virtually November 6-8, 2020.

Winners of the student registration grant are:

  • Bel Outwater, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Sarah Wall, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Jana Wiersma, University of North Texas
  • Megan Schwindler, University of Missouri
  • Mary Haltom, Texas Woman's University
  • Katrina Kmak, Emporia State University

The 2020 YALSA YA Services Symposium will be held virtually November 6-8, 2020 with the theme: “Biggest Little Spaces: How Libraries Serve the Expanding Worlds of Teens.” Early bird registration ends September 15. To learn more about the symposium, including information on programs, participating authors, and how to register, please visit Join the conversation online with the hashtag #yalsa20.

Members of the 2020 YA Services Symposium Marketing Task Force who vetted the applications are: Scot Smith, Chair, Robertsville Middle School Library, Oak Ridge, TN.; Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library; Keiko Sanders, La Jolla, CA; and De Anza Williams, University of Illinois-Urbana.

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: