For immediate release | April 6, 2016

Registration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium now open

CHICAGO — Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place Nov. 4-6 in Pittsburgh, is now open. Individuals can register for the symposium with early bird rates now through Sept. 15, 2016.

Early bird rates are as follows:

  • $199 YALSA Personal Member
  • $199 Pennsylvania Library Association Members
  • $199 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Members
  • $249 ALA Personal Member
  • $310 Nonmembers
  • $59 Students (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Register early to take advantage of up to $50 in savings. Registration includes:

  • Opening session and reception Friday evening
  • Educational programming Saturday and Sunday
  • Option to register for additional events
  • Access to a free webinar
  • Certificate of participation with your contact hours
  • Snack breaks Saturday and Sunday
  • Symposium tote bag

In addition to the programming included with registration, attendees have the option to add various ticketed events such as Friday pre-conferences, a Saturday Author Luncheon, and extracurricular activities such as city tours. Learn more about the list of programs and events here.

This year’s symposium theme is Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact. The Symposium will gather together school and public library staff, educators, researchers, young adult authors and other teen advocates to discuss the role of libraries in engaging and empowering teens within the library and beyond. Learn more about the symposium at and follow the conversation on social media with #yalsa16.

To offset travel costs to attend the symposium, YALSA is offering two travel stipends – one to a student and one to library staff, each worth up to $1,000. Apply by June 1, 2016.

The symposium will take place at the Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh with the special rate of $119/night for single/double occupancy. Attendees are encouraged to book by October 1, 2016 to take advantage of not only the special rate, but also to ensure room availability. After October 1, hotel room reservations will not be available.

Sponsorship and participation opportunities are available for vendors and publishers. For details, please see YALSA’s 2016 – 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Guide.

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:


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)