YALSA's Professional Tools

Teen Growth  |  Interactions with Teens  |  Learning Environments  |  Learning Experiences  |  Youth Engagement  |  Community Engagement  |  Cultural Competency  |  Equity of Access  |  Assessment  |  Continuous Learning  |  Additional Resources

The resources on this page are organized by YALSA's Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.  YALSA's Handouts page and wiki may have additional resources of interest.

I. Teen Growth & Development

II. Interactions with Teens

III. Learning Environments

IV. Learning Experiences

V. Youth Engagement & Leadership

VI. Community & Family Engagement

VII. Cultural Competency & Responsiveness

VIII. Equity of Access

IX. Outcomes & Assessment

X. Continuous Learning

Additional Resources

Overarching Resources


Why YA? Recruiting New Librarians to the Profession

Library Schools and YA Services

Sample YA Librarian's Job Posting

Job Shadowing Toolkit (.doc)

ALA Council Resolutions

ALA Resolution: School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success (PDF)

ALA Resolution on Ensuring Summer Reading Programs for all Children and Teens (PDF)


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

Transforming Library Services Through Continuing Education

Toolkits and Bibliographies

Advocacy Toolkit

Environmental Toolkit 

Fundraising Toolkit

Legislative Advocacy Guide (PDF)

Making in the Library Toolkit

Partnering Toolkit

Research Tools

Social Networking Toolkit (PDF; updated 2011)

Social Networking: A Guide for Teens (PDF; updated 2011)

STEAM Programming Toolkit

Teen Intern Program Toolkit

Teen Literacies Toolkit

Teen Reading Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF)

Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (PDF)

YALSA Road Trip (PDF)

Web Sites

Center for the Future of Libraries