For immediate release | September 15, 2010

YALSA's Competencies in action

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA's Competencies in Action,” by Sarah Flowers. It is the first book to thoroughly expand on "Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth,” a document developed by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that outlines areas of focus for providing quality library service in collaboration with teenagers. Flowers identifies and expands on these competency areas, including:

  • Anecdotes and success stories from the field;
  • Guidelines that can be used to create evaluation instruments, determine staffing needs and develop job descriptions;
  • Additional professional resources following each chapter that will help librarians turn theory into practice.
Flowers recently retired as deputy county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library in California. She has written articles and reviews for Voice of Youth Advocates and School Library Journal and is currently editor-in-chief of Young Adult Library Services, YALSA’s quarterly journal. She has been elected 2011-12 president of YALSA, was in the first class of Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers” and is named one of the top 40 distinguished alumni of the San Jose State School of Library and Information Science.
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