YALSA's Online Learning

YALSA is the authority for offering high-quality online professional development in young adult librarianship. YALSA offers multiple opportunities for online learning, including monthly webinars, a monthly members-only discussion forum, and online courses. Questions about YALSA's Online Learning? Contact us at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293 or nmunguia@ala.org.  Our learning opportunities are made for people, not for profit.

Want to propose a course or webinar? Use our online form!

YALSA Academy Online Educational Videos

The Academy provides short training videos created by and for teen service specialists from around the country. The videos, ranging from 3-7 minutes, address a variety of topics, including: social media, technology tools, programming, advocacy, collection development, customer service, professional development and others.

Badges for Learning

In the spring of 2012 YALSA was awarded funding to develop a virtual badge program that helps library staff gain skills related to the Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries. Project funding is provided by HASTAC, the Mozilla Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Online Courses

YALSA provides online continuing education classes to enhance the skills and knowledge of young adult librarians and library workers who serve teens. These classes are taught by specialists in young adult librarianship and are offered on a rotating basis during the summer, autumn and winter sessions.


Join YALSA for its webinars! Keep up-to-date on developments in the field with these interactive learning sessions, presented by an expert YALSA trainer. Webinars are 60 minutes in length and include time for a question and answer period.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all live webinars are free to YALSA members.

YELL (YALSA E-Learning Library)

Looking for professional guidance on teen services trends? Look no further than YALSA's Webinars-on-Demand! In these previously recorded webinars, experts from the field will guide you through hour-long sessions that you can put into practice at your library immediately.

Virtual Mentoring Program

YALSA’s virtual mentoring program pairs an experienced librarian with a new librarian or graduate student in a Library Science program. Applications are due on June 1.

Twitter Chats

Occasionally YALSA hosts a Twitter chat on a particular topic such as program ideas for summer reading or recommended reading for Teen Read Week.  Check YALSA's Google calendar or follow YALSA on Twitter @yalsa for details.