YALSA releases Teen Programming Guidelines

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/24/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new resource to help library staff called the Teen Programming Guidelines.

The Teen Programming Guidelines are intended to guide library staff who design, host and evaluate library programs with and for teens. They were developed in alignment with YALSA’s report, The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: a Call to Action.

The guidelines were created to assist library staff with providing relevant, outcomes-based programs to better the lives of all teens in their community. Accompanying the guidelines is a glossary and a list of selected resources to provide library staff with a path to further exploration of teen programming best practices. YALSA President Chris Shoemaker remarked “we hope this new resource will provide library staff with a base-line of what constitutes quality programming for and with teens.”

Read and download the guidelines here, and access an on-demand webinar about putting the guidelines into action here.  All on-demand webinars are free to YALSA members and $19 for others.

In the summer of 2015 YALSA will also launch an online teen programming database where library staff can go to find and share examples of exemplary programs.   The database project is being funded through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and support from Best Buy.

To learn more about YALSA’s other national guidelines, as well as its other resources such as competencies, position papers, and benchmarks that aim to aid librarians, library workers and libraries in better understanding the components of an excellent teen services program, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  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.