YALSA's Professional Tools

Leadership  I  Knowledge of Client Group  I  Communication, Marketing & Outreach  I  Administration  I  Knowledge of Materials  I  Access to Information  I  Services  I  Additional Resources

The resources on this page are organized by YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth document.  You can also find helpful downloads on YALSA's Handouts page as well as share your own tips, resources and ideas on YALSA's wiki.

I. Leadership & Professionalism

II. Knowledge of Client Group

III. Communication, Marketing & Outreach

IV. Administration

V. Knowledge of Materials

VI. Access to Information

VII. Services

Additional Resources


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)


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

Toolkits and Bibliographies

Advocacy Toolkit

Fundraising Toolkit

Legislative Advocacy Guide (PDF)

Making in the Library Toolkit

Partnering Toolkit

Research Tools

Social Networking Toolkit (PDF; updated 2011)

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

STEAM Programming Toolkit

Teen Intern Toolkit (PDF)

Teen Literacies Toolkit

Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF)

Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (Word doc)

YALSA Road Trip (PDF)

Web Sites

Center for the Future of Libraries