Young Adult Library Services Association

Connect teens with online tools in YALSA’s Source Code: Digital Youth Participation preconference

CHICAGO — As virtual and physical worlds continue to converge, teens need tools and support to harness information in a way that is meaningful to their particular needs and interests and as participants in diverse social and learning environments. Join YALSA for Source Code, a preconference panel session featuring experts who use technology to provide cutting edge and high impact programming to help young adults build 21st century skills as content creators and leaders in their library communities.

Join authors Woodson, Condie at YALSA's preconference in Anaheim

CHICAGO — "The Outsiders" is older than your average teen librarian, but its popularity endures among teen readers. What will be "The Outsiders" of 2057? Share your nominees in Books We’ll Still Talk about 45 Years from Now, a half-day preconference hosted by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 22 in Anaheim, Calif., before the ALA Annual Conference. Authors Jacqueline Woodson and Ally Condie will share insights during this session, moderated by Rollie Welch.

YALSA seeks teen book groups for Teens’ Top Ten project

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting applications from young adult book discussion groups that wish to be part of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten project. The application forms, which must be submitted by a book group advisor who is a current YALSA member, are posted on YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten site, Applications are due to YALSA by Aug. 1 and must be submitted electronically.

Forty-five must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s May webinar

CHICAGO — Summer reading is right around the corner, and this webinar will offer a crash course in the books you need to know to lure teens into the library this summer. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., for Book Blitz! 45 Must-Know YA Titles in 60 Minutes on May 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Make two clicks for advocacy with YALSA’s Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map on NLLD

CHICAGO — Can’t make it to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, can offer you a way to advocate for teen library services with just two clicks of a mouse: the Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map, developed by YALSA’s Legislative Committee.

To use the map:

YALSA opens program proposals for 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will accept proposals for programs for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Proposals may be submitted through May 31 at

YALSA seeks creative, innovative proposals that highlight innovation and best practices in the following topic areas:

YALSA opens registration, grant applications for Teen Read Week™

2012 theme is It Came from the Library

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched its Teen Read Week 2012 website at Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 14-20, with a theme of It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it.