YALSA Interest Groups

One way that YALSA members can connect with one another is to form an Interest Group around a common topic.  Interest Groups are grassroots, member-driven groups that focus on facilitating networking and information exchange between members.  These are often formed around time sensitive issues, and go away when members feel the topic has been adequately addressed.  Topics that members formed groups around in the past include anime, gaming, music, TAGs, technology, teaching YA Lit, summer reading, GLSIS students, serving teens in urban areas, readers' advisory, professional development, outreach to teens with special needs, and managing YA services. Interest Groups can also be formed to bring together members of a specific city, state or region.

Interest Groups may sponsor conference or symposium programs, contribute to YALSA's blogs and publications, and more. The groups are completely self-initiated and not appointed by YALSA officers.   Members of Interest Groups are not required to attend the Annual Conference or the Midwinter Meeting, and there is no limit on the number of virtual participants an interest group may have.

Start a YALSA Interest Group

To learn more about YALSA Interest Groups, including how to start one, please read the FAQ.

Current Interest Groups

Intellectual Freedom Interest Group

To serve as broad forum for discussing intellectual freedom matters in library services to teens.  To prepare and disseminate materials which will advise young adult librarians and school librarians of available services and support for resisting local pressure and community action designed to impair the rights of young adult users. To provide continuing education opportunities for young adult librarians regarding intellectual freedom.  To act as a liaison between YALSA and ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and all other groups within the Association concerned with intellectual freedom. When requested by the YALSA Board of Directors, to advise YALSA on matters pertaining to the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution and the ALA Library Bill of Rights and their implications to library service to young adults, and as requested to make recommendations to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee for changes in policy on issues involving library service to young adults. Co-Conveners: Carrie GardnerKrista King.