For immediate release | July 24, 2012

Save $5 on professional development and collection development books from YALSA this summer

CHICAGO — Stock up on professional development this summer with a sale on three of the best-reviewed titles from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and ALA Editions! These three titles, written by teen services experts, offer practical guidance on all things teen at the library, from planning to collection building to evaluation and risk-taking.

Through Sept. 1, 2012, use coupon YAL12 in the ALA Store and you can save an additional $5 on the following titles:

"This thought-provoking title will pique awareness and present some 'ah ha!' moments ... Of particular interest are chapters devoted to developing a mature, appealing, high-interest YA collection. This section alone makes the book a worthwhile addition."

--School Library Journal

"Although this may sound like a professional title that only appeals to youth services librarians, it's perfect for any librarian interested in learning how to take successful risks … a treasure trove of practical tips, checklists, and real-life examples for librarians who are ready to approach customer services in new and adventuresome ways."

--Public Libraries

“Essential for youth services librarians.”

--Reference Books Bulletin

"A great collection-development tool that would help librarians beef up their YA holdings."

--School Library Journal

I am fighting the overuse of the word ‘practical’ when talking about this book, but that’s what it is, really and truly ... Some of the tips are so simply brilliant you’ll wonder why it hadn’t occurred to you already … if you’re determined to be the best YA librarian you can be (who isn’t?), move it to the top of your ‘to be read’ pile."

--Spine Label

"Philosophies, strategic plans, goals, and mission statements from programs around the country demonstrate effective service practices. The information is presented in a clear, concise, and conversational manner, making this resource both easy to navigate and a pleasure to read."

--School Library Journal

All three titles are available at the ALA Online Store with code YAL12. Hurry, though: this exclusive offer ends Sept. 1, 2012.

YALSA’s mission is to advocate, promote, and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population. 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,

Related Links

"Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Services to Teens" by Linda Braun, Jack Martin, and Connie Urquhart

"Quick and Popular Reads for Teens" by Pam Spencer Holley

"Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action" by Sarah Flowers



Stephanie Kuenn

Web Services Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128