YALSA opens proposals for 2016 symposium, Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/04/2016


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking program proposals and paper presentations for its 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact, to be held Nov. 4-6, 2016, in Pittsburgh.

The Symposium will gather together school and public library staff, educators, researchers, young adult authors and other teen advocates to discuss the role of libraries in empowering teens within the library and beyond. The event will pursue answers to such questions as:  How can libraries leverage teen talent and expertise within the library and out in the community?  What are best practices in designing youth participation opportunities for and with teens, including teens who are not regular library users?  How can libraries best connect with community agencies to provide youth-driven services and programs that meet teen needs and solve community problems?  In what ways can empowering teens through libraries address such issues as equity and inclusion?  What knowledge and skills do library staff need in order to actively engage teens of all backgrounds in youth-driven services and programs?  What existing resources can libraries leverage in order to engage and empower teens of all backgrounds?

Now held annually, the Symposium has also expanded its focus.  Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults. YALSA is seeking proposals that highlight best or emerging practices for libraries of all sizes and capacities in the following categories:

  • Programs and services (including planning, implementing and evaluation)
  • Collections and content curation
  • Digital and Print Literacies
  • Youth Participation
  • Partnering/Collaborations
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Outreach

YALSA invites interested parties to propose 90-minute programs centering on the theme, as well as paper presentations offering new, unpublished research relating to the theme via the program proposal or paper presentation online forms found on the symposium site. Proposals for programs and paper presentations must be completed online by Feb. 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their proposals’ status the week of March 14, 2016. To learn more about the symposium, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium.

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.