Resources for Student Members

This page features resources of interest to student members

YALSA Student Membership Benefits

  • Both ALA and YALSA offer discounted memberships for students. A one year membership in YALSA/ALA is $63 for students.
  • YALSA student members enjoy all the same benefits that ALA members receive (see a complete list of ALA benefits) as well as additional benefits from YALSA such as access to free monthly webinars.

ALA’s Student Member Portal

  • Tap into ALA resources to help you get involved, explore career options, advance your learning and more.

How to Get Involved in YALSA

Check out this infographic (.pdf) for the quickest way to find a way to participate in YALSA that matches your needs and interests. If you have more time, watch a free video on getting involved in YALSA, featuring YALSA members Jack Martin and Kate McNair. For additional information, visit:

  • Connect (Interest Groups, social media, email discussion lists)
  • Learn (webinars, e-courses, institutes, conferences, mentoring)
  • Participate (committees, juries, taskforces, advisory boards, running for office, grants)
  • Share (publish, blog, present a program, nominate a book)
  • Support (donate, host a fundraiser, sponsor, advocate, recruit)

Awards, Grants and Stipends

  • YALSA offers a wide range of awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends including a student travel scholarship to the ALA conference and YA Services Symposium.

Opportunities to Publish in YALSA

YALSA Career Resources

  • Find and share career resources, tips, and more on YALSA's career resources page on the wiki.

ALA Career Resources

  • ALA's Education & Careers page offers information about scholarship opportunities, job seeking resources, and more.

YALSA’s Online Resources

  • Connect with YALSA on Twitter, Facebook and more.
  • Participate in YALSA's student member listserv

YALSA Guidelines

  • YALSA has national guidelines, competencies, position papers, and benchmarks to aid pre-professionals and library workers in better understanding the components of excellent teen services programs


For information about how to get the most out of your student membership, please contact Letitia Smith, YALSA's Membership Marketing Manager, at or 800.545.2433 x4390.