YALSA Fact Sheet

Our Mission

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

Read about us and our mission in Associations Now.

Facts about YALSA

  • Current membership is more than 5,200 members
  • Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago, YALSA is a division of the American Library Association, a financially stable 501(c)3 charitable association.

What We Do

  • Nurture teen literacy
    • Teen Read Week: Work to increase the number of teens who are skilled and avid readers through this and other initiatives.
    • Encourage adults to help teens select books that are a good fit for them and their families.
  • Promote young adult literature
    • Awards & Lists: YALSA is the world leader in evaluating, selecting and recommending books, audiobooks, and films for teens via its annual selected lists, six literary awards, Web site, and publications. Recommended reading, listening, and viewing for teens can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.
  • Foster digital literacy in teens:
    • Teen Tech Week: The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially those that are offered through libraries.
  • Support young adult librarianship: