Young Adult Services Trainers Continue to Offer Their Services to Public Libraries.


Are you looking for professional development or continuing education activities for your public library staff? Do you need presenters at your state conference? Are you planning a workshop? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, you may want to contact one of the YALSA members listed below who have been trained to help public library staff members provide quality service to young adults.

YALSA has offered the services of this cadre of trainers since 1994. They were trained in two seminars offered by YALSA as a part of the Serving the Underserved: Customer Services for Young Adults Project and have come to be known as the SUS trainers. During this time, the trainers have made more than 350 presentations for more than 20,000 librarians and paraprofessionals in a variety of settings, including public libraries, and state, regional and national conferences The subjects they have covered include adolescent development, reading interests, behavioral problems, youth participation, facilities, and computer services for teens. The trainers have been trained to work with adult learners and are experts in the specialized field of young adult services.

The trainers keep in touch on YA-Train, their own private electronic list, and meet for dinner at each of the ALA conferences.

The names of the trainers presently active, their phone numbers and e-mail numbers, are listed below. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact the trainers directly. You can discuss your ideas for a presentation with as many of them as you like until you find the right fit. Each trainers handles his or her own arrangements for presentations.

If you have questions about the YALSA training program, please contact the YALSA office at 1-800-545-2433 x 4390 or via e-mail at

You can access the list of trainers, organized by state