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, interest groups, juries, interest groups and task forces.

Tools to Facilitate the Work of your Group

For detailed information about managing a virtual group, please check out the Chair Manual (.pdf).

  • 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  lsmith@ala.org 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  lsmith@ala.org 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 Letitia Smith at lsmith@ala.org 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 noconnor@ala.org

Selected Resources for Reaching YALSA and Beyond

  • Send a brief report to YALSA E-News about your group or have an event listed in YALSA's Google calendar. Contact Anna Lam alam@ala.org
  • Host podcasts on the YALSAblog that feature a discussion about something relating to your group’s area of focus. Contact Crystle Martin, the YALSAblog manager, at yalsablogmanager@gmail.com
  • 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: yalsa.wikis@gmail.com
  • 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 YALSAblog manager, at yalsablogmanager@gmail.com
  • Tweet @yalsa and YALSA staff will retweet your message
  • Send announcements out via YALSA's two biggest listservs, YALSA-BK and YA-YAAC.
  • For more resources or ideas for disseminating information about your group, contact Anna Lam alam@ala.org

Publishing

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

Continuing Education

  • 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 Services Symposium. Calls for papers and proposals are online on YALSA's events page.
  • Facilitate one of YALSA's live Third Thursday webinars.  Contact Nicole Munguia at nmunguia@ala.org for information.
  • Create a YALSA Academy video.  Contact Nicole Munguia at nmunguia@ala.org for information.