For immediate release | April 14, 2023

YALSA Names New Editor for Quarterly Journal, YALS

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Joni Bodart, editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS). She will serve a twelve-month contract from February 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024, to edit 4 issues of the official journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Bodart is an author and associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State. Bodart will be responsible for the textual and pictorial content of the quarterly publication, and will work closely with committees, members and designated YALSA staff members to solicit articles and information.

Young Adult Library Services is an award-winning quarterly journal from YALSA that includes articles of current interest to the profession, showcases best practices, provides news from related fields, spotlights significant events and offers in-depth reviews of professional literature. Individuals can learn more at

About the Young Adult Library Services Association

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. 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:

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


LaMoya Burks

Interim Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)