Seungyeon Yang-Peace named YALSA’s 2020 Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Thu, 12/26/2019


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced Seungyeon Yang-Peace, Youth Services Librarian at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Clark County Library District, as its 2020 Emerging Leader.

“Like all of us, I am new to the field of library science, but this is a second career for me, and being chosen for the Emerging Leaders program has helped me to realize that I do not need to feel like I am an imposter,” said Seungyeon. “Instead, maybe I belong in the library world. As an Emerging Leader, I hope to strengthen my skills as a librarian so that I can offer my community more of the resources that it needs or will need in the future.”

Yang-Peace will receive $1,000 in total funding from Friends of YALSA to attend the American Library Association’s 2020 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA and 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

YALSA’s participation in the Emerging Leaders program is funded through Friends of YALSA (FOY). Friends of YALSA was created in 2005 to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. Each year, FOY donations fund over $15,000 in member awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends. Learn more or donate at

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. 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: