YALSA is dedicated to supporting teens and the library staff who serve them. Our future depends on today’s teens; however, research shows that as an age group teens (ages 12 – 18) receive the least financial support. Government, philanthropic and non-profit spending directed at teens lags far behind what is invested in children (birth through 11 years) and young adults (19 and up). In addition, teens have unique needs. They are not simply “older children” – they have reached a developmental stage that requires a different strategic approach in order to effectively understand, connect with and serve them. YALSA helps libraries increase their outreach to teens and serve them better.
Libraries are in a position to help teens prepare for a successful and productive adulthood, yet they are hindered by this lack of financial support. YALSA is seeking to better equip libraries to meet teens’ unique needs by partnering with organizations who are committed to ensuring that teens get the help and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for 21st century careers.
- Watch this brief video to hear from teens themselves about what libraries mean to them.
- Check out this infographic (.pdf) and read about us and our mission in Associations Now.
- Read YALSA's 2014 Helping Libraries Meet the Needs of Diverse Teens report (pdf)
Join YALSA as a Corporate Member
Corporate membership is a first step for companies interested in becoming an active part of YALSA and young adult librarianship. As libraries continue to grow and change, YALSA can be your trusted resource for staying abreast of the latest trends and issues in young adult librarianship. Corporate members receive YALSA’s award-winning quarterly print journal and weekly e-newsletter as well as additional benefits from the American Library Association, of which YALSA is a part.
As a benefit of corporate membership in YALSA, each corporate member is entitled to one spotlight per year in YALSA’s weekly eNews, which is emailed to all YALSA members. Corporate members are welcome to provide some or all of the following for the spotlight:
- a blurb about their company of up to 100 words
- a URL to your site or Facebook page
- your Twitter handle
- a .jpg file of your logo
Please note that the intention of the spotlight is to raise general awareness among YALSA members about your organization and it is not intended to be an advertisement for a particular product or service. Companies interested in advertising can view the range of options available via YALSA’s media kit.
Sponsor an Event, Initiative or Webinar
Sponsoring a YALSA event or initiative is an effective way to reach young adult services librarians, secondary school librarians and the teens they serve. YALSA offers a wide variety of sponsor opportunities throughout the year. YALSA’s sponsors receive benefits designed to complement their organization's strategic marketing objectives and philanthropic goals. Check out our 2019 Sponsor Guide (PDF) to learn about specific opportunities!
YALSA is happy to partner with like-minded nonprofits to work together to meet our shared goal of supporting young adult librarianship. To learn more about how YALSA connects with organizations, please read our Guidelines for Strategic Partnerships. Nonprofits interested in forming a partnership with YALSA are encouraged to complete this brief online form so we can learn more about your organization and its goals.
Advertise with YALSA
YALSA offers a range of advertising opportunities to fit a variety of marketing goals and budgets.Download our media kit to see all available opportunities.
Rent a Mailing List
Companies interested in mailing list rental are encouraged to contact Maribeth Chapman, ALA’s Technical Services Specialist, at email@example.com or (312) 280-2460.
Make a Charitable Contribution
YALSA offers a range of giving opportunities, including supporting our young adult literature endowment, established by William C. Morris, and our leadership endowment, established by a group of YALSA past presidents. Friends of YALSA is another giving option. YALSA is a division of the American Library Association, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Learn More about YALSA
- About YALSA
- YALSA Organizational Plan
- YALSA Strategic Partnership Guidelines
- YALSA Staff & Member Leader contact information.Please feel free to contact YALSA’s Executive Director for additional information.
- YALSA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library organization in the world. To learn about opportunities with ALA, visit the ALA Development Office.