Crystle Martin appointed member manager of YALSAblog

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/15/2014


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Crystle Martin as the member manager of its acclaimed YALSAblog. The blog publishes timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for and with teens, explores practices in related fields relevant to teen services, raises awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen services and provides resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their overall teen services program.

“Teen services librarians and library workers are the lynch pin to youth connecting learning from their interest spaces to academic settings. Strengthening connected learning and information practices of youth is essential for their success in the digital age, both in school and beyond school, and librarians are well positioned to be a major factor in their success,” Martin said. “I am eager to bring my work in youth information practices and youth librarianship to the YALSAblog Member Manager position.”       

Martin currently serves on the Advisory Board for YALSA’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. She is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Irvine, working with Dr. Mizuko (Mimi) Ito at the Digital Media and Learning Hub.

Martin will begin her appointment immediately and lead an advisory board that oversees the preparation of content for the blog and solicits content from the YALSA community.   To access the blog, visit        

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,