Snow named member manager of YALSA’s upcoming Teen Programming HQ website

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/25/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has named Jessica Snow, teen services team leader at Central of the Boston (Massachusetts) Public Library as the member manager of its upcoming Teen Programming HQ website.

“I’m looking forward to the amazing opportunity to serve as member manager of the YALSA Teen Programming HQ,” said Snow. “The YALSA Teen Programming HQ will be a wonderful teen programming resource for all teen services staff and will connect, excite, and inspire them with quality examples of teen programs.  I’m looking forward to meeting the expectations of the YALSA Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report and the YALSA Teen Programming Guidelines and connecting with vibrant and passionate teen services staff across the country.”

Snow has served on YALSA’s President’s Program Task Force in 2015 and served on the Alex Award Committee in 2010.  She writes a monthly blog post on the YALSAblog profiling teen services library staff who provide outreach outside the walls of their libraries to underserved and underrepresented populations. Snow’s term with the Teen Programming HQ begins August 24, 2015 and lasts through August 26, 2016.

The Teen Programming HQ website will launch Oct. 1, 2015. The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop-shop for finding and sharing information about library programs of all kinds for and with teens.

The site will promote best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and Futures Report. The site will also enable dissemination of timely information about emerging and new practices for teen programming; raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen programming; and provide a means for members and the library community to connect with one another to support and display their efforts to continuously improve their teen programs.

YALSA is currently seeking Content Experts to review the program ideas that get submitted to the site.  Interested individuals can learn more and access the online application via the YALSAblog.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff 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: