For immediate release | April 2, 2012

New session added! Manage teen behavior at your library with YALSA’s April 24 webinar

CHICAGO — By popular demand, YALSA has added a second presentation of its April webinar! The webinar on April 19 is sold out, but you can attend this new 60-minute session at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 24.

When teens flood into the library, anything can happen. But chaos needn’t reign in your teen space. By setting the right tone with regulars, establishing appropriate boundaries and equitably addressing problem behaviors, you can create a teen space that is consistently welcoming, using strategies from Managing the Swarm, led by Erin Downey Howerton.

Webinar attendees will learn how to create a dialogue with patrons who engage in distracting or dangerous behavior in the library, address concerns of adult patrons and create rewards for teens who improve or maintain a positive presence in your space.

This webinar will address three areas of the YALSA Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Client Group,
  • Knowledge of Materials, and
  • Administration.

Register today at! Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for group registrations. YALSA’s group rate gives an institution ten logins for the webinar.

All webinars provide one contact hour. Certificates of participation are available upon request. YALSA webinars are certified for one Library Education Unit in the state of Indiana.

Questions can be directed to Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn