Join YALSA at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/05/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO – YALSA has big plans for Annual 2015 – join us June 26-30 in San Francisco for five action-packed days with an abundance of opportunities for learning, networking and face-to-face interactions with your favorite authors and experts in the teen services field. For a complete listing of YALSA events, please visit:

To register, visit Already registered? You can add special events such as the brunch honoring Edwards Award winner, Sharon M. Draper, to your existing registration in two ways: (1) by phone: Call CompuSystems at 866-513-0760 and ask to add the Edwards Brunch to your existing registration; or (2) online: Click on the dashboard link found in your registration confirmation email. If you need additional assistance with adding events, email

YALSA will also be hosting the following ticketed events:

  • Free Preconference! Diversity Goggles: Examining the Literacy Development of Black & Latino Youth from Critical Multicultural Perspectives
    Friday, June 26th, 1 - 4 p.m.
    Although libraries can play an important role in helping to ensure that youth have the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and be ready for college or careers, research suggests that Black and Latino youth often feel disconnected from their school and public libraries. This half-day workshop will examine how library staff can better support the literacy development of youth of color through library programs and services. Participants will use “diversity goggles,” provided by the presenters, as a tool to examine library perspectives and practices towards Black and Latino youth, with the goal of improving their understanding of how to better meet the needs of these youth. The workshop will also include a panel of YA authors whose work speaks to Black and Latino youth experiences. Authors who will be participating include: Kekla Magoon, Isabel Quintero, and Adam Silvera. This workshop is sponsored by YALSA, with funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The break session is sponsored by Blink. Tickets: Free. Those interested in attending can register by indicating you will attend using the Scheduler.
  • YALSA and Booklist Present: The Michael L. Printz Program and Reception
    Friday, June 26, 8 - 10 p.m.
    Kick off your Annual Conference by attending the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception on Friday night! Come listen to Jandy Nelson, the 2015 Michael L. Printz winner for her book "I’ll Give You the Sun," speak about her writing. The honor book authors Jenny Hubbard ("And We Stay"); Jessie Ann Foley ("The Carnival at Bray"); Andrew Smith ("Grasshopper Jungle"); and author Mariko Tamaki, and illustrator Jillian Tamaki ("This One Summer") will respond to questions submitted by library staff and local teens, followed by a reception. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist Publications. Tickets – $34.

  • Margaret A. Edwards Brunch
    Saturday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. - noon
    Come join us for brunch and listen to Sharon M. Draper, the winner of the 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award, speak about her writing. The award honors an author's significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. Tickets – $39.

  • YA Author Coffee Klatch
    Sunday, June 28th, 9 - 10 a.m.
    Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA's award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA's six literary awards. Attendees will sit at a table and every three or four minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk about their upcoming books! The coffee klatch is sponsored by Blink. See a list of participating authors here. Tickets – $25.

Advanced registration ends June 19, 2015. Register in advance and save on onsite registration costs.

Find more details about registration and housing at the ALA Annual website,  For more information on YALSA’s Annual Conference schedule, visit the YALSA Annual Conference wiki page,

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email,