YALSA's publications offer librarians and library workers a wealth of tips and resources to help make your day-to-day job easier! All titles published by YALSA are available in the ALA online store, or by contacting ALA Order Fulfillment by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 7.
YALSA, August 2013
Young adult enthusiasts around the world coalesce at YALSA’s discussion list, YA-YAAC to chat about cool craft ideas, share teen programming successes, and solicit suggestions for challenges like uptight managers, teen-phobic environments, and programming brain freeze!
Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC will provide librarians and library workers with a wealth of tried and true programming ideas for teens. Monique Delatte Starkey culled the best ideas and compiled them into this easy to read resource.
2013. 160 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8670-7. $35 ALA Members, $40 all others.
"Including programs from parkour to “zombies versus humans,” this practical, refreshing guide offers librarians a variety of fun, free (or almost free) activities to what many have labeled one of the most difficult programming groups: teens. Some of the material may not be new to teen librarians who have followed the YA-YAAC listserv, but for newcomers, this guide offers a multitude of easy go-to activities. Each program is accompanied by a description, program type, estimated costs, supply list, duration, marketing tips, and feedback. The addition of sample templates for permissions, photographic releases, and teen volunteer forms is a welcome starting point. Overall this volume is a successful compilation of the best practices, programs, and tips for reaching the teen audience." -
"Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC covers different kinds of programs librarians can consider to attract young adults, and come from the YA-YAAC online tools sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Librarians and staff will find this a basic introduction to the best new programming ideas of recent years, providing keys to staging events and conducting games, creating youth services, and coordinating youth opportunities. From activities to recipes for refreshments, this holds many different approaches and programs librarians can use to attract teen interest." Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, November 2013
The Complete Summer Reading Manual: From Planning to Evaluation
YALSA, July 2012
Summer reading programs are a mainstay of public library services; whether you’re embarking on your first SRP or you think you could plan one in your sleep, you’re sure to find helpful! Teen summer reading program planners will find:
- Authoritative advice on planning, budgeting, and evaluation from experienced frontline librarians
- Tools for incorporating technology for any budget
- Readers’ advisory sources and places to find reading trends each year
- New Ideas for marketing, outreach, and collaboration
- Detailed descriptions of programs that work from librarians just like you
Contributors include Mark Flowers, Megan Honig, Erin Downey Howerton, Kat Kan, Maria Kramer, Chris Shoemaker, and Connie Urquhart. This project was funded in part by a 2011 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association
The YALSA Guides Series
Part of the Teens @ the Library Series from Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, this series of three titles offers a YA services boot camp in book form, helping YA librarians hone their skills and improve their programs to serve teens more effectively.
Linda W. Braun
Former YALSA President Linda Braun covers what advocacy is and isn’t, what it takes to be an effective advocate for teens, how to practice advocacy skills and techniques, how to be a day-to-day advocate for teens, and setup a successful long-term library teen services advocacy initiative. 129 pages, 6x9. ISBN: 9781555707958. $49.95
More teenagers than ever turn to librarians and teachers to ask private questions they are too afraid to share with family and friends. This book offers any librarian a quick primer on talking with young adults about the tough and often controversial topics of sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence. You’ll have quick overviews on the issues themselves as well as tips for navigating these waters with teens. 136 pages, 6x9. ISBN: 9781555707941. $49.95.
2011-2012 YALSA President Sarah Flowers, who led development of the YALSA competencies and public library evaluation tool, provides basic information to help teen/youth services librarians, library directors, library school students studying teen services, and middle/high school librarians examine all aspects of their teen programs and services to determine where improvement is needed. Find out what you need to develop goals and objectives for evaluation, and learn how to collect the data that will give you a realistic picture of your library’s strengths and weaknesses. 125 pages, 6x9. ISBN: 9781555707934. $49.95.
Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation
Edited by Angela Carstensen
ALA Editions, 2011
This completely revamped guide lists more than 400 books deemed outstanding for the college bound by YALSA. This indispensable resource includes annotated lists and a variety of indexes for easy searching. The title is available in print or as an e-book. 2011. 176 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8570-0. $45.00 ALA/YALSA members, $50 all others. Visit www.alastore.ala.org to purchase.
Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA's Initiatives
Edited by Megan Fink for YALSA
YALSA, January 2011
Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives brings together the best articles on reading and technology from YALSA's award-winning journal, Young Adult Library Services. Editor Megan Fink, middle school librarian and advisor at the Charlotte Country Day School and a former Teen Read Week chair, selected articles to form a manual that will offer guidance to librarians planning their annual events, with advice on best practices, collection development, outreach and marketing, program ideas and more.In addition, YA authors Walter Dean Myers and Cynthia Leitich Smith and Best Teen Read Week contest winners Elizabeth Kahn and Jennifer Velásquez contributed original content about the importance of these initiatives and how they support teens’ information needs, along with an introduction by YALSA past president Judy Nelson.
2011. 144 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8559-5. $31.50 ALA Members, $35 all others.
Annotated Booklists for Every Teen Reader: The Best from the Experts at YALSA-BK
Annotated Booklists for Every Teen Reader organizes and annotates 75 lists of titles as requested on YALSA-BK, YALSA's popular online book discussion list. Each book is fully annotated and generously cross-referenced, creating a rich resource that offers a wealth of ideas for any school or public librarian who works with collection development, readers’ advisory, reference or programming for young adults. " Order today!
2010. 250 pages. ISBN: 9781555706586. $59.50 YALSA members, $65, all others.
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Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action
Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action expands on YALSA's competencies for serving teens in libraries. Along with anecdotes and success stories from the field, Young Adults Deserve the Best offers guidelines to create evaluation instruments, determine staffing needs, and develop job descriptions, as well as tools to help librarians turn theory into practice. A great resource for library administrators, library school instructors, YA services managers, as well as day-to-day librarians. Order today!
2010. 125 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8389-3587-3. $40.50 ALA members, $45 nonmembers.
Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services for Teens
Risky Business helps YA librarians contemplate the every day risks they take: Do we add that edgy urban novel to our teen collection? Should we initiate social networking? What about abandoning Dewey for a bookstore arrangement? Change is risky business, but librarians must be prepared to initiate change to best serve teens. YA service innovators Linda W. Braun, Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart explain how to be smart about taking risks without shying away from them. Order your copy today!
2010. 160 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8389-3596-5. $49.50 ALA members, $55 nonmembers.
Multicultural Programming for Tweens and Teens
Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens is a one-stop resource that encourages children and young adults to explore different cultures using programs developed by students at the University of South Florida School of Information. Following the practical programs laid out here, young adult librarians in public libraries, school librarians, and adult and young adult services staff can easily explore many diverse cultures. Order your copy today!
2010. 240 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8389-3582-8. $45 ALA members, $50 nonmembers.
Cool Teen Programs for under $100
Cool Teen Programs for under $100 is an inspired new guide providing a wealth of fun, creative programming ideas sure to entice teens into the library, all easily replicable and easy on the bottom line. With more than twenty-five inexpensive, engaging programs to choose from, you are sure to find a program that fits into your schedule and your budget. In addition, this helpful book offers chapters with advice on smart budgeting strategies and marketing at any budget. Order your copy today!
2009. 154 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8523-6. $32.50 ALA members, $35 nonmembers.
Quick and Popular Reads for Teens
Quick and Popular Reads for Teens collects two of YALSA's most popular booklists. For more than ten years, YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists have been important collection development tools, with the former choosing paperback books around themes and the latter recommending books for young adults who do not like to read. This new volume collects and annotates each book that's appeared on both lists, along with chapters on programming and display ideas, discussion of each lists' history and selection criteria, and themed booklists. Order your copy today!
2009. 228 pages. ISBN 978-0-8389-3577-4. $40.50 ALA members, $45 nonmembers.
Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th edition
Edited by Amy Alessio for YALSA
Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults , 5th edition, highlights twenty-five of the best programs across the country, providing ideas for replicating and adapting them in school and public libraries. Organized for easy browsing, each chapter encourages you to think about the range of possible programs and illustrates the growing trend of including teens in very aspect of the program—from planning to outcomes! Order your copy today! Limited time offer: Buy a copy of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th edition, and receive a free copy of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 4th edition, edited by Renee Vaillancourt McGrath!
2008. 160p. ISBN 978-0-8389-8457-4. $27 ALA members; $30
Best Books for Young Adults, 3rd Edition
Edited by Holly Koelling
ALA Editions, 2007
Best Books for Young Adults is back and better than ever! The new third edition continues to be the most comprehensive and effective reference for great reading for young adults, including 40 years of best YA books. The new edition, including a foreword by Betty Carter, offers annotated lists of the best YA books going back to 1966, indexed by author and title, as well as a look at current trends, background on the committee's history, and themed reproducible lists for use by librarians, school library media specialists, parents, teachers, and teens. Order your copy today!
2007. 376p. ISBN 978-0-8389-3569-9 ISBN-10: 0-8389-3569-9. $37.50 ALA Members; $42 Nonmembers.
Hit List for Young Adults 2
Teri Lesesne and Rosemary Chance
ALA Editions, 2002
Hit List for Young Adults 2 , Teri S. Lesesne and Rosemary Chance .
The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and the 2000 Printz Honor Book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson—these are some of the most beloved, and most challenged, books. Leaving controversial titles such as these out of your collection or limiting their access is not the answer to challenges. While ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom reports more than 6,000 challenges to young adult literature from 1990 through 2000, the best-selling Hit List series gives you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response and ensure free access to young book lovers. Order your copy today!
2002. 62p. ISBN 0-8389-0835-7. $22.50 ALA members, $25.00 non-members
New Directions in Library Services to Young Adults
By Patrick Jones for YALSA
ALA Editions, 2002
New Directions in Library Services to Young Adults , Patrick Jones and YALSA.
Picking up where the best-selling Bare Bones Young Adult Services left off, this exciting new book has an ambitious intent—to help libraries, with their communities, develop their teens into healthy, competent, and caring adults. Applying the tools in New Planning for Results to the goals outlined in Information Power, YALSA has teamed up with writer Patrick Jones to provide direction on how to deliver YA service that is proactive and holistic. Order your copy today!
2002. 146p. ISBN 0-8389-0827-6. $28.80 ALA members, $32.00 non-members
The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts
By Margaret A. Edwards
ALA Editions, 2002
The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts is Margaret A. Edwards' opus, detailing her career at Enoch Pratt Free Library and her philosophy regarding librarianship and working with you. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Edwards' birth, this reissue commemorates the longevity and influence of her commitment to connecting teenagers as individuals with reading and the library. It will inspire yet another generation and provide a foundation for leadership by today's new young adult librarians. Includes foreword by Betty Carter. Order your copy today.
2002. 248p. ISBN 0-8389-3533-8. ISBN13: 978-0-8389-3533-0. $22.50 ALA Members, $25.00 non-members.
Bare Bones Young Adult Services
By Renee J. Vaillancourt for YALSA
ALA Editions, 2000
Bare Bones Young Adult Services: Tips for Public Library Generalists is a hands-on guide to the philosophy and practice of young adult services. Since many libraries are without a young adult specialist, this quick-start second edition is most useful, providing practical ideas for all staff members on how to best serve teens in their community. Order your copy today!
2000. 142p. ISBN 0-8389-3497-8. $27.00 ALA Members, $30.00 non-members.
Interested in publishing with YALSA? Great! Please direct questions to, or send an outline and table of contents to, Jaclyn Finneke at email@example.com. Please note that YALSA only publishes books that provide professional development and guidance in library services for and with teens; it does not publish fiction or narrative nonfiction.
- To supplement your income
- To share new ideas, research, and best practices
- To foster and embrace publishing and/or research as part of your professional and association culture
- To develop foundations for your professional work
- To have your expertise recognized by the library community
Why publish through YALSA?
- Access: YALSA authors have all of YALSA’s resources at their disposal for information gathering, research, and promotion purposes.
- Advertising/Marketing: YALSA has unparalleled access to the young adult library services community via its vast communication network. Additionally, publishing with YALSA means your work will be promoted and made available via all of ALA’s resources: online, in the bookstore at the ALA conferences and more.
- Networking Opportunities: YALSA authors will have unique opportunities, such as participating in a book signing or presenting a program relating to your book at ALA’s Annual Conference, the Young Adult Literature Symposium and other Division conferences as well as virtually via YALSA e-learning.
- Reputation: YALSA publications have been well reviewed in the library community, and YALSA is the widely recognized authority on all matters relating to young adult library services.
- Support: When authors publish with YALSA, they have the support of YALSA staff, who are friendly, knowledgeable and reliable. They can answer your questions, provide research assistance and more.
Giving Back to YALSA: To stay in good financial standing, YALSA has to generate enough revenue to continue to provide services and support its members. By publishing through YALSA you are not only enriching the field of young adult library services but are helping ensure that YALSA members continue to have access to excellent resources and support. YALSA is a Division of ALA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.