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Corporate Sponsors


ABC CLIO has complementary imprints that publish a comprehensive range of print and online materials for learners, researchers, educators, librarians, and information specialists worldwide.  ABC CLIO sponsors YALSA's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor distributes books, video and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers.  Each year they sponsor a conference travel grant for two YALSA members to go to the ALA Annual Conference.

Best Buy Mobile

Best Buy and YALSA are partnering to administer donations that will expand programs and improve digital services for teens in libraries across the country.  In 2013 when Best Buy Mobile –specialty stores offering smartphones, tablets and services –  opened new locations in the United States, YALSA identified a nearby public or school library to receive a $2,000 donation from Best Buy to fund digital library resources for teens. For more information about the project, read the press release.  In 2014 the Best Buy Foundation provided support to YALSA for Teen Tech Week.  For more information on Best Buy Mobile, visit www.bestbuy.com/mobilestores. For information on Best Buy in the community, visit http://pr.bby.com/community-relations/overview/. 

Penguin Young Readers Group

Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to Laurie Halse Anderson, Frank Beddor, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Penguin was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor, and sponsored the 2011 YA Authors Coffee Klatch and 2017 Midwinter Best Fiction for  Young Adults Teen Participant Luncheon.

School Library Journal

SLJ reviews books, multimedia and technology for children and teens, and annually sponsors YALSA's Margaret Edwards Award

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

VOYA magazine is dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading. Each year they sponsor YALSA's Henne Research Grant.

Foundations and Nonprofits

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 9,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — lessons that can be learned nowhere else.

Audio Publishers Association

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade association that advocates the common, collective business interests of audio publishers. The APA consists of audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks.

Association of Rural and Small Libraries

YALSA will work with ARSL on the Future Ready with the Library project from 2016 - 2018, which will provide funds for YALSA and ARSL to train small, rural and tribal library staff in providing college and career readiness services for and with the middle schoolers in their communities.

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

From June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 YALSA will partner with COSLA to host a National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through Continuing Education.  The result of this project will be a national agenda for CE for teen services that state library agencies, graduate schools and others can use to plan and deliver effective learning programs for library staff.  This project is funded by IMLS.

Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums

The Coalition's goal is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Learn more by reading the Coalition's Joint Strategy Folio (.pdf) or by visiting http://coalitiontoadvancelearning.org/

Connected Learning Research Network

The network’s research is geared towards understanding the opportunities and risks for learning afforded by today's changing media ecology, as well as building new learning environments that support effective learning and educational equity. Its work focuses on a model of learning -- connected learning -- that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational opportunity for all. More information on the Connected Learning Research Network is available at: clrn.dmlhub.net. More information on the MacArthur Foundation’s digital media and learning initiative can be found at: macfound.org/education.

Digital Learning Day/Alliance for Excellent Education

Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. On the first Digital Learning Day, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students encouraged the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, or focusing on how digital tools can help improve student outcomes.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Funds generously provided by DGLF support YALSA's efforts to expand libraries' capacity to increase teen literacy levels in their communities.  Read the 2014 report for more details.  Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,900 neighborhood stores in 39 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $64.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 3.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.  YALSA was most recently awarded funding from Dollar General in 2014.  For details, see the press release.  Check out these videos, which talk about the different projects funded by Dollar General and administered by YALSA:

  • This video features librarians talking about the impact of the Teen Read Week Activity Grant
  • In this video, a teen who was hired as part of YALSA's Teen Summer Intern grants, talks about what the experience meant to her
  • YALSA's Summer Reading Resources grants are featured in this video
  • This video from ALA provides an overview of four different projects that Dollar General supports, including YALSA's

Innovation Collaborative

The Innovation Collaborative promotes creativity and innovation in audiences of all ages and backgrounds by advancing knowledge and influencing education practice by creating platforms for advancing collaborations among the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS has previously funded YALSA's YA Forum project and is also funding YALSA's Future Ready with the Library project from 2016 - 2018, which will provide funds for YALSA and ARSL to train small, rural and tribal library staff in providing college and career readiness services for and with the middle schoolers in their communities.

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

IBBY is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together, and includes a U.S. section called the United States Board on Books for Young People. YALSA provides a member representative to serve on the USBBY Board.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. YALSA provides member representatives to serve on the Children & Young Adults and Literacy & Reading Sections.

MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

Mozilla Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation was established in July 2003 as a California not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the public benefit.


TeenInk is a national teen magazine, book, and Web site featuring teen writing, information, art, photos, poetry, teen issues, and more. All articles are written by teen authors who are students at K–12 schools. The monthly print magazine is appropriate for teenagers ages thirteen to nineteen attending secondary school: junior high school, middle school, and high school. TeenInk was established in 1989 as The 21st Century magazine by The Young Authors Foundation, a nonprofit organization. More than 25,000 teens have published in the magazine and its companion, Poetry Journals.

ALA Partners


The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is a national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community.  YALSA and AASL participate in the Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Library Cooperation, along with ALSC. 


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.  YALSA and ALSC co-administer the Odyssey Award and participate in the Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Library Cooperation, along with AASL. 

ALA Editions

ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats.

ALA Graphics

ALA Graphics supports the ALA mission through the creation and distribution of quality products promoting libraries, literacy, lifelong learning, and reading. ALA Graphics develops products based on customer need, including products that support the key action areas of the Association: diversity, education and continued learning, equity of access, intellectual freedom, and 21st -century literacy. ALA Graphics is the unique source of the celebrity and character READ posters and related items. Additionally, ALA Graphics supports many ALA Divisions and Offices, including YALSA, ALSC, PIO, and OIF, through campaign partnerships that feature promotional materials for events such as Banned Books Week, National Library Week, Teen Read Week, Teen Tech Week, and Dia. ALA Graphics has established itself as the preferred source for promotional materials for librarians in all types of libraries, teachers, and other library and literacy advocates.


Booklist is the American Library Association's book review source, and sponsors YALSA's Printz and Alex Awards each year. 

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

ODLOS is partnering with YALSA to offer a pre-conference at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference on cultural competence.

Office for Information Technology Policy

OITP implements projects such as Libraries Ready to Code, that YALSA supports through participation in advisory groups.  OITP has also been a Teen Tech Week sponsor.

ALA Committee and Group Representatives

Each year YALSA selects member representatives to liaise with over 15 different ALA Committees and Groups.

Youth Council Caucus

YALSA participates in and supports the Youth Council Caucus is an informal group of ALA Councilors who work together to advance youth issues in ALA Council