YALSA's Professional Development Center

Career Development | Learning Opportunities | Recruitment | Research Tools | Teen Services Resources

See also YALSA's Handouts page for brochures, fliers, etc. that can be downloaded for free, and the Professional Development page on YALSA's wiki.  Do you want to propose a webinar or online course? Fill out this volunteer form.


Career Development

Job Postings and Resources

Member Awards and Grants


Learning Opportunities

Conferences and Events

Upcoming ALA and YALSA Conferences

YALSA at State and Regional Conferences

Previous YALSA Events

Questions about conferences and events should be directed to Nichole O'Connor at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

Continuing Education

YALSA Face-to-Face Institutes

YALSA's Mentoring Program

YALSA Online Courses

YALSA Webinars

YALSA Webinars-on-Demand

YALSA Continuing Education Participant Testimonials

Questions about continuing education contact Linda W. Braun 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.


Research Tools

National Research Agenda, 2012-2016

Draft National Research Agenda, 2017 - 2021

Network for Research on Libraries and Teens

YALSA's Research Bibliographies

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

Henne Research Grant

Midwinter Paper Presentation Stipend


YALSA Position Papers & Reports

Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact: a YALSA Position Paper

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action

The Importance of a Whole Library Approach to Public Library  Young Adult Services: a YALSA Position Paper

The Benefits of Including Dedicated Young Adult Librarians on Staff in the Public Library

The Importance of Young Adult Services in LIS Curricula

The Value of Young Adult Literature

The Need for Teen Spaces in Public Libraries



Why YA? Recruiting New Librarians to the Profession

Library Schools and YA Services

YALSA Road Trip

Sample YA Librarian's Job Posting


Teen Services Resources

See also the Professional Tools web page


Core Professional Values for the Teen Services Profession (also available in PDF) Adopted on June 27, 2015.

Teen Programming Guidelines (also available in PDF) Adopted on March 4, 2015.

Teen Space Guidelines (also available in PDF)

YALSA's Public Library Evaluation Tool

YALSA's Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth (also available in PDF)

IFLA's Guidelines for Library Services to Young Adults (PDF)

Lectures and Publications

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

Roots and Branches: YA Services Past, Present, and Future (speech by Mary K. Chelton, available as mp3 or PDF)

YALSA's Books


Young Adult Library Services


Advocacy Toolkit (PDF)

Making in the Library Toolkit (PDF)

STEM Programming Toolkit (DOC)

Summer Teen Intern Toolkit (PDF)

Social Networking Toolkit (PDF)

Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (DOC)


Collection Development & Content Curation

Collections & Content Curation (wiki page)

Teen Book Finder app

YALSA Booklists & Awards

YALSA's Best of the Best