YALSA's 2020 Young Adult Services Symposium

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Please note: The 2020 symposium will be held virtually. More information regarding logistics, registration, and programs will be released in the coming weeks. Sign up to receive updates here.

The Young Adult Services Symposium is open to everyone, not just YALSA members.  

Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults.  Session content is focused around key issues in YALSA's recent report.

Connect with other attendees on the Symposium event page on Facebook.

The symposium will take place virtually November 6 - 8, 2020 with a theme of: Biggest Little Spaces: How Libraries Serve the Expanding Worlds of Teens.

Through inclusive programming, diverse collections, outreach, advocacy, and partnerships, libraries offer safe spaces for teens. Do your programs and services meet the complex and diverse needs of contemporary young adults? Does your teen section or YA collection need a refresh? Have you found partnerships to encourage and advocate for young adults? Join YALSA for our 10th Symposium virtually as we discuss the literature, activities, and the biggest little places needed to serve and inspire today’s teens.​

Want updates about the symposium? Sign up to receive updates here.

Questions? Contact Nichole O'Connor at 312.280.4387 or noconnor@ala.org

Future dates:

  • November 6-8, 2020 - now virtual
  • 2021 TBD

Past dates:

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The 2020 symposium will be held virtually. More information regarding logistics, registration, and programs will be released in the coming weeks. Sign up to receive updates here.

Interested in sponsoring an event at the symposium? View the sponsorship guide.

YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium Stipend enables two qualified recipients to attend YALSA's annual YA Services Symposium, which will be held in Reno, NV, November 6-8, 2020.

Each stipend offers up to $1,000: one to a library worker who works directly with young adults, with at least one year of experience; the second is to a student enrolled in an ALA or NCATE accredited library program (you must be a graduate student as of November 2, 2018) with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting.

Due to the format change to the symposium from in-person to virtual, the stipend will instead award a total of ten free registrations. Five to library workers and five to library students. Apply by the new deadline of August 1.