ALA & YALSA Resources for Member Groups

Find out how to get involved with YALSA and ALA via member groups! You'll find information for those serving or interested in serving on advisory boards, committees, discussion groups, juries, interest groups and task forces.

Tools to Facilitate the Work of your Group

  • Create an email discussion list. An email list is a good way to communicate with your members in order to get information out about projects and plans. Contact Letitia Smith, YALSA’s Marketing Membership Manager, at or 1.800.545.2433 x4390.
  • Use the workspace and networking opportunities on ALA Connect, an online resource from ALA. ALA Connect is useful if you would like to keep a calendar of tasks (accessible to all members) that your group needs to accomplish, if you want to have real-time text chats to talk about your work, if you want to share documents, or if you would like to have threaded discussion on a topic. To access ALA Connect, log in using your ALA login and password.  Need a space for your committee on ALA Connect? Contact Letitia Smith, YALSA’s Marketing Membership Manager, at or 1.800.545.2433 x4390.
  • If your group needs to meet via conference call or an e-meeting (via a webinar platform), please contact the YALSA Office at or 1.800.545.2433 x4390 to request that one be set up for you.
  • Schedule a face-to-face meeting of your group at an ALA Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting. Contact Nichole O'Connor, YALSA’s Program Officer for Conferences and Events, at 1.800. 545 2433 x4387 or

Selected Resources for Reaching YALSA and Beyond

  • Send a brief report to YALSA E-News about your group or have an event listed in the calendar. Contact Anna Lam
  • Host podcasts on the blog that feature a discussion about something relating to your group’s area of focus. Contact Crystle Martin, the blog manager, at
  • Create a space on YALSA’s public wiki for participants to share information and ideas. Fill out the form (Word Doc) to request space and email it to:
  • Participate on YALSA's Facebook fan page by posting relevant messages on the wall (see a list of other YALSA e-resources)
  • Chairs and conveners who want to be active YALSA bloggers can contact Crystle Martin, the blog manager, at
  • Tweet @yalsa and YALSA staff will retweet your message
  • For more resources or ideas for disseminating information about your group, contact


(Does not apply to Discussion Groups)

  • Post information and handouts from your ALA conference program on
  • Write & publish articles in Young Adult Library Services. Contact Linda Braun, Member Editor, at
  • Write and publish research articles in the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.  Contact Denise Agosto, editor, at
  • Write a brief announcement for YALSA E-News. Contact
  • For book-length publishing ideas, please contact

Program Planning

  • Host a program at ALA’s Annual Conference. Calls for proposals are due each year in May via an online form that is accessible from the YALSA homepage beginning each March.   
  • Host programs or present papers at YALSA’s annual Young Adult Literature Symposium. Calls for papers and proposals are online at the symposium site. The next symposium will be held in Austin, TX from Nov. 14 -16, 2014.