For immediate release | December 4, 2012

Key stakeholders selected to attend YALSA’s Teens & Libraries Summit

CHICAGO — Fifteen applicants have been selected to attend the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teens & Libraries Summit, Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle.

The Summit, part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project, will feature two days of speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents.

The successful applicants, out of the 68 who applied, are: Alex Tyle Annen, Illinois; Cheryl Eberly, California; Pamela Hoppock, South Carolina; Priyanka Khera, California; Barbara Klipper, Connecticut; Amanda Kordeleski, Oklahoma; Matt McLain, Utah; Rebecca Renard, Washington, D.C.; Andrea Sowers, Illinois; Marike Staloch, Minnesota; Lynn Stanley, New Hampshire; Reagen Thalacker, Minnesota; Elizabeth Tanner, California; Aleck Williams, South Carolina and Julie Ann Winkelstein, Tennessee.

“The Summit will be the first of its kind to draw movers and shakers from across the country to discuss the future of serving teens in libraries,” said YALSA President H. Jack Martin. “YALSA is bringing in- and out-of-school time programming experts, educators from schools and museums, technology and media experts, librarians and more leaders from the field to the table. It's going to be a vital 360 degree conversation about how libraries can best serve teens.”

The Summit will be facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, an organization development consultant and ALA president. Speakers include Mizuko Ito, professor in residence and MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine, George Needham, vice president, OCLC Global and Regional Councils, and Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

The Forum is a grant-funded effort that will bring together key stakeholders from the areas of libraries, education, technology, adolescent development and the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to explore the world of young adults and library services to this population and ultimately produce a white paper that will provide direction on how libraries need to adapt and potentially change to better meet the needs of 21st century teens. Grant funding is generously provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, please visit the National Forum on Libraries and Teens website.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128