YALSA's Professional Tools

Career Development Recruitment  I  ALA Council Resolutions  I  Collection Development  I  Reports  I  Toolkits & Bibliographies

YALSA developed the tools on this page to help school librarians, teen services librarians, and others who work with or on behalf of 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.

Career Development

Job Postings and Resources

Member Awards and Grants

YALSA National Guidelines

YALSA Presentations on Demand

YA Speakers' Bureau

YALSA Tweet-ups

YALSA Academy  (free videos on practical teen services issues)

YALSA's Online Learning

YALSA's Virtual Mentoring Program


Why YA? Recruiting New Librarians to the Profession

Library Schools and YA Services

Sample YA Librarian's Job Posting

Job Shadowing Toolkit (.doc)

ALA Council Resolutions

ALA Resolution: School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success (PDF)

ALA Resolution on Ensuring Summer Reading Programs for all Children and Teens (PDF)

Collection Development Tools

YALSA Booklists & Awards

YALSA's Best of the Best

YALSA's Ultimate Teen Bookshelf


The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

Toolkits and Bibliographies

Advocacy Toolkit

Legislative Advocacy Guide (PDF)

Research Tools

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)

STEM Programming Toolkit (Word doc)

Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF)

Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (Word doc)

YALSA Road Trip (PDF)