Get Involved and Participate in YALSA

YALSA offers a variety of ways to participate at a variety of commitment levels. Find out how to get involved:

  • Committees and Advisory Boards
    Volunteer for a year-long YALSA committee or advisory board! YALSA appoints volunteers to its virtual strategic committees (e.g., Research, Summer Learning) in the spring and its award committees and selected list blogging teams (e.g., Best Fiction for Young Adults, Morris Award) in the fall. Interested? See a list of committees and be sure to fill out the Committee Volunteer Form. Interested in chairing a committee or advisory board? Watch the Virtual Chair Training Webinar.  Have questions?  Check out the Committee FAQ.
  • Juries and Taskforces
    Volunteer for a short term (3 - 6 months) jury or taskforce! Juries are appointed each fall, and taskforces are assembled as needed. Members can find out about these opportunities as they become available via the weekly YALSA eNews.
  • Interest Groups
    Start a YALSA Interest Group. These can be based on a topic, like makerspaces or science fiction, or they can be based on geography, like a Nashville Area Interest Group, or an International Members's Interest Group.
  • Represent YALSA at a State Conference
    Help YALSA have a presence at your state library association conference by presenting a program, helping to staff an exhibit booth or hosting a happy hour.  Learn more on YALSA's wiki or contact Letitia Smith at
  • Represent YALSA to other National Organizations

Opportunities include serving as YALSA's Liaison to ALA groups, to IFLA, and/or USBBY. Contact the Executive Director for more information.

  • Selected List Groups
    Help develop one of YALSA's annual lists of recommended listening or reading!  For 2017, Amazing Audio and Quick Picks are being created by members through The Hub.  In 2018 the other selected list work will also move to The Hub, too.
  • Support Our Initiatives
    Register for YALSA’s major yearly initiatives: Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week. Use each website to find program and event ideas, resources for planning, publicity tools, and more.
  • Teens' Top Ten Voting
    Encourage your teens to vote for their favorite books in the Teens’ Top Ten.
  • YALSA Election
    Help determine YALSA’s direction! Vote in the annual ALA/YALSA Election, held each spring.  Read this Election FAQ for more information.
  • YALSA Wiki
    Share your great ideas on a variety of topics on the YALSA Wiki.

Other Ways to Get Involved