Sarah Flowers elected YALSA vice-president

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist,



For Immediate Release,

April 30, 2010

CHICAGO —Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), chose Sarah Flowers as the association’s next vice president/president-elect. Flowers will begin her term as president-elect in June 2010, becoming president for one term in June 2011.

“I am honored to have won and appreciate the support of everyone who voted for me. I am looking forward to engaging the YALSA membership. YALSA has been an important part of my career and I’m excited to help YALSA fulfill that role for other members,” said Flowers. “I am eager to work with the YALSA Board of Directors to serve our members and give them the tools they need to support teen services in every community. I’d like to thank Sarajo Wentling, who ran for president-elect with me. She’s a great, talented person and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Flowers is a longtime YALSA member who has served on ALA Council, the YALSA Board of Directors, and the Michael L. Printz Award committee. A regular contributor to School Library Journal and VOYA, she is the author of the forthcoming “Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action” (ALA Editions). Flowers also chaired the YALSA taskforce that updated YALSA’s competencies for serving youth in librarians and a YALSA taskforce (with the Reference and User Services Association) that developed reference guidelines for serving teens.

Flowers is a writer and editor in Morgan Hill, California. She retired as deputy county librarian from the Santa Clara County Library.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books 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: