About the Summit

About the Summit l About the Report l About the Stipend

About the Summit

As part of its year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project, YALSA hosted a Teens & Libraries Summit Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle. The Summit featured two days of speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents.

Attendees included individuals from the fields of education, technology, librarianship, youth development, research out of school time and more.  They will address the following questions at the summit:

  • Why do young adults need libraries?

  • What do we know about teen needs?

  • How do we determine what library services to/for young adults should like for the foreseeable future?

The Summit was facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant and ALA President.  Speakers included Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, and George Needham, Vice President, OCLC Global and Regional Councils.  View the agenda (.pdf). 


Renee Hobbs, Teens & Libraries: a Media Literacy Perspective

George Needham, Why do Teens Need Libraries?

Lee Rainie, Teens & Libraries

Post-Summit Blog Posts

A complete roster of attendees is available online (.pdf)  YALSA received 68 applications for the Summit, and the fifteen successful applicants are:

Alex Tyle Annen, Illinois; Cheryl Eberly, California; Pamela Hoppock, South Carolina; Priyanka Khera, California; Barbara Klipper, Connecticut; Amanda Kordeleski, Oklahoma; Matt McLain, Utah;  Rebecca Renard, Washington, D.C.;  Andrea Sowers, Illinois; Marika Staloch, Minnesota; Lynn Stanley, New Hampshire; Reagen Thalacker, Minnesota; Elizabeth Tanner, California; Aleck Williams, South Carolina and Julie Ann Winkelstein, Tennessee. 

About the Report

At the conclusion of the year-long Forum, YALSA will published a report which provides direction on how library services for and with teens needs to adapt and potentially change to better meet the needs of 21st century teens.  A draft of the report will be available in August 2013 for public comment and feedback.  The final report was published in January 2014.

About the Stipend

Funds provided by IMLS were used to cover the cost of travel and related expenses for 15 applicants to participate in the Summit. Key stakeholders from the areas of libraries, education, technology, adolescent development and the for-profit and nonprofit sectors were encouraged to apply. The 15 accepted applicants joined with approximately 35 other stakeholders at the face-to-face Summit.


Application Guidelines

  1. Each applicant must submit an official application form and a resume electronically to yalsa@ala.org.

  2. All documents must be named the last name of the applicant, underscore, name of document. For example, YourLastName_application.doc. YourLastName_resume.doc

  3. Word documents or PDFs will be accepted.

  4. Applications must be submitted as an attachment to YALSA at yalsa@ala.org.

  5. Applications are due no later than Nov. 1, 2012. Selections will be made by November 15, 2012.

Considerations for Selection

  • Candidate's demonstrated commitment to teens and libraries

  • Candidate’s experience in teen library services, libraries, education, or other areas of import to determining the future of teens and libraries.

  • Candidate’s potential contribution to the discussions at the Summit


Application Form (Word doc)

Submission of Application: Please email applications and a resume to yalsa@ala.org with the subject line: Summit Stipend Application. All documents should be named the last name of the applicant, underscore, name of document. For example, YourLastName_application.doc. YourLastName_resume.doc

Announcement of Recipients: the week of Nov. 19, 2012.

Questions: Questions can be directed to Beth Yoke at byoke@ala.org or 1.800.545.2433 x4391