YALSA's Professional Development Center

Career Development | Learning Opportunities | Recruitment | Research Tools | Teen Services Resources

YALSA's Professional Development Center offers tools to help librarians in their work with teens. Please use the resources listed on this site to find practical tools for your day-to-day work, as well as tools for developing your career. You can also find helpful downloads on YALSA's Handouts page.

Do you want to propose a webinar or online course? Fill out our CE Proposal form.


Career Development

Job Postings and Resources

Member Awards and Grants

YALSA Presentations (links to PowerPoint presentations)


Learning Opportunities

Conferences and Events

Upcoming ALA and YALSA Conferences

YALSA at State and Regional Conferences

Previous YALSA Events

Questions about conferences and events should be directed to Nichole Gilbert at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

Continuing Education

YALSA Face-to-Face Institutes

YALSA's Mentoring Program

YALSA Online Courses

YALSA Webinars

YALSA Webinars-on-Demand

YALSA Continuing Education Participant Testimonials

Questions about continuing education contact Linda W. Braun 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.


Research Tools

National Research Agenda, 2012-2016

YALSA's Research Bibliographies

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

International Research Abstracts: Youth Library Services

YALSA/VOYA/Henne Research Grant

Midwinter Paper Presentation

YALSA White Papers

The Importance of a Whole Library Approach to Public Library  Young Adult Services: A YALSA Issue Paper

The Importance of Young Adult Services in LIS Curricula: A YALSA White Paper

The Value of Young Adult Literature: A YALSA White Paper

The Need for Teen Spaces in Public Libraries: A YALSA White Paper

The Benefits of Including Dedicated Young Adult Librarians on Staff in the Public Library: A YALSA White Paper



Why YA? Recruiting New Librarians to the Profession

Library Schools and YA Services

YALSA Road Trip

Sample YA Librarian's Job Posting


Teen Services Resources


YALSA's Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth,  updated in 2010! Also available in PDF.

YALSA's Public Library Evaluation Tool

Reference Guidelines for Library Services to Teens, Ages 12-18 (PDF) , developed by RUSA and YALSA

IFLA's Guidelines for Library Services to Young Adults (PDF)

Lectures and Publications

Roots and Branches: YA Services Past, Present, and Future (speech by Mary K. Chelton, available as mp3 or PDF)

YALSA's Books

Young Adult Library Services

Toolkits and Bibliographies

Advocacy Toolkit

Legislative Advocacy Guide (PDF)

Research Bibliographies

Social Networking Toolkit (PDF; updated 2011)

Social Networking: A Guide for Teens (PDF; updated 2011)

Speaking Up for Library Services to Teens: A Guide to Advocacy (PDF)

Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF)

Teen Tech Guides

Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (Word doc)

YALSA Road Trip (PDF)

Collection Development

YALSA Booklists & Awards

YALSA's Best of the Best