Virtual Registration

Early Bird Registration has been extended through September 30th!  

YALSA will offer a virtual event as well as an in-person event.  Everyone that registers for the in-person event will automatically have access to the virtual component.  Please be sure to read the FAQ to understand what the virtual event will look like.  There will be no live-stream sessions.  Programs will be prerecorded and only select content will be available to virtual attendees.  We are planning on having live Q&A on Saturday, November 6 for the sessions that are hybrid (both in-person and virtual). 

Please download and send all pages of the paper registration form if you are:

  • paying with a check or purchase order
  • a student but not a current student member of ALA

If you have questions about registration, contact Carla Jamison at

Cancellation :  There is no cancellation of the virtual event.  All programming will be pre-recorded, there are no live sessions.  Your registration gives you access to the content for one year.

Symposium Virtual Registration Rates

New Group Pricing Now Available 

Register your whole group for one low price.  You will click the registration link below and add everyone you want to register.  

Number of Attendees per Organization

Group Price
(by 9/30/21)

Group Price
(by 10/13/21)


5 attendees

$ 500


10 attendees



15 attendees



20+ attendees



Early Bird Rate runs April -September 30, 2021.

$129 YALSA Personal Member
$129 Nevada Library Association Members
$199 ALA Personal Member 
$39 Students (enrolled full-time in a library program)
$249 Others (Not a member? 

Advanced registration runs October 1 - October 13, 2021.

$159 YALSA Personal Member
$159 Nevada Library Association Members
$229 ALA Personal Member 
$39 Student (enrolled full-time in a library program)
$279 Others 

Onsite fees apply to registrations made on or after October 14, 2021.

$189 YALSA Personal Member
$189  Nevada Library Association Members
$259 ALA Personal Member
$49 Student Member (enrolled full-time in a library program)
$299 Others 

Register now!

Virtual Sessions

Saturday, Nov. 6th

8:30 - 9:30am CST

Advocate for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Join us to learn how to advocate for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, whether they're struggling to access housing, services, education, benefits or more. From leading national advocates, you'll hear firsthand how to identify a youth in need and connect them with resources that will help them thrive as well as engage in national advocacy campaigns to increase access to housing, education, and services for our young people.

Presenter: Darla Bardine, Executive Director of National Network for Youth

Journey to Justice
Civil rights education is often criticized for being limited to biographies of a few leaders and the "I Have a Dream" speech. In this session, participants will learn how civil rights resources can transform library collections and the way the civil rights movement is taught. Primary sources from the Library of Congress will be paired with graphic novels to help teens learn about this decades-long movement. Lesson plans and other resources will be shared, and participants will join in a discussion about how to make the era relevant to teens.

Presenter: Dr. Karen Gavigan, co-editor of Connecting Comics to Curriculum


10:00 - 11:30am CST

Serving on a YALSA Selection List Committee
What goes into choosing titles for the Best Fiction for Young Adults, Amazing Audiobooks, Quick Picks, and Great Graphic Novels Selection Lists? Learn more about these lists, and just what it takes to serve on a Selection List Committee. Past committee members and chairs will share advice on how to volunteer for and successfully serve on one of these committees, and offer a Q&A session for participants.

Presenters: Rebecca Baldwin, Erin Durrett, Tina Lerno, and Jessica Jilbum Schwartz, 2021 Selection List Oversight Committee

Teens' Perspective on Positive Youth Development
Positive Youth Development is an established philosophical and practical approach to teen services. Five key Positive Youth Development principles are Strengths Based, Inclusive, Engage Youth as Partners, Collaborative, and Sustainable. But what do real teens think of these principles? Participants will examine their own approaches to PYD and compare and contrast their interpretation of the principles of Positive Youth Development with those of actual teens.

Presenter: Thane Benson, Librarian, Denver Public Library

Do You See Me?

Facilitated by Librarian Julia Torres, Co-founder of Disrupt Texts and member of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) Board of Directors, critically acclaimed authors Paula Chase, Tiffany D. Jackson and Kim Johnson will challenge participants to think about how increasing the breadth and depth of the experiences reflected in their collections can leverage teens' intrinsic motivation to learn. Using material from their work, the panelists will explore how novels can help teens find their voice and speak out about issues important to them.

Presenter: Julia Torres, Teacher/librarian, Denver Public Schools



1:00 - 2:30pm CST

ALL for Welcome, Serving at Home Learners and Homeschoolers in the Library
COVID-19 has altered the way youth live and learn. It is imperative for libraries to alter services to meet the growing need of homeschoolers and at home learners, This session will share insight on how one librarian inherited a homeschooling program concept that has grown into a national advocacy platform. Historically education has taken root in progress, this program has roots in the mission and vision to support equity and inclusion through a lens of social justice as fundamental values of American Library Association: to the underserved and the most vulnerable populations. We can't remain stagnant. 

Presenter: Christina Caputo, Youth Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Path through the Ivy League
This session will help library staff identify the core needs of applying to college and outline best practices for programming, collection development, and more. Based on the presenter's own background of using public library resources to get into Yale, the program will help inspire teen librarians to step up their role in helping make college admissions a more accessible space in small and large libraries.

Presenter: Aryssa Damron, Library Associate, D.C. Public Library


3:00 - 4:30pm CST

The Power of Empathy
The Power of Empathy session will focus on the development of the three-week empathy and de-escalation training that the youth services staff underwent at the Smith Public Library. Focus will be on meaningfully engaging with teen patrons to help avoid heated confrontations and calling law enforcement, as well as working to provide teens with a safe space to be themselves without forcing them to meet behavioral expectations. Special attention will be paid to active listening and empathy mapping.

Presenter: Kelsey Sidwell, Teen Services Librarian, Smith Public Library

Volunteering in a Digital World
Between school work, outside jobs, and extracurricular activities teens are over scheduled often struggling to find time to complete volunteer hours. Virtual volunteer opportunities assist in giving teens the opportunity to volunteer on their own time. The Ocean County Library turned their popular 8-week summer volunteer program into a highly successful virtual program. The session will provide information on the format used, technology needed, activities, and how hours were awarded. Librarians will also share insight received from the program, including survey responses, program ideas, and how they continue to offer digital volunteering in the future.

Presenter: Cecilia Pasqualicchio, Librarian, Ocean County Library


Sunday, Nov. 7th

9:30 - 10:30am CST

The Development of Bridges & Books
This program will highlight Bridges & Books, one of the first and only teen literature podcasts created and hosted by teens, featuring teen-hosted interviews with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors of teen literature. The session will cover the process of putting teens in leadership positions for the creation of the podcast as well as the experience of developing the first season of the podcast releasing in late May 2021 featuring interviews with authors Elise Bryant, J. Elle, Kit Frick, Romina Garber, Joan He, Adiba Jaigirdar, Ryan La Sala, Rachael Lippincott, Rhiannon Richardson, and Ashley Woodfolk. 

Presenter: Kelsey Ford, Adult Leader of Bridges & Books Podcast

What Will We Do without our Buildings?
The crises of 2020/21 required library staff to think differently about the how and the why of services. For many, when buildings closed, they quickly virtualized services and simply took the traditional "how" of serving youth and families to an online format. This happened without learning about the why of library services during emergencies. Participants will explore how to learn about that why and delve into how, by learning about community, co-creating with community, assessing and iterating , and designing flexible structures - all done by leveraging assets that are available in their community to serve non-dominant families during crisis times. 

Presenter: Linda Braun, Learning Consultant, Librarians & Educators Online (LEO)


10:30 - 11:30am CST

Design Decisions for Online/Remote Learning Materials
This workshop engages participants with tools developed from an IMLS-funded grant that is investigating the accessibility and design of online learning resources developed by museums and public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session aims to support educators to recognize and reflect on the various ways that they provide opportunities to learn through their own online/remote learning resources. Participants will review examples of online or remote learning materials using a tool we have developed to consider ways to make the materials more accessible and to think about different design decisions such as modes of engagement, audience and products. 

Presenter: Dr. Rebekah Willett

COVID-19 related library closures brought a new set of challenges to library professionals in 2020. During the summer of 2020, librarians from 16 Michigan libraries, with the help of the Library of Michigan, created a multi-library virtual scavenger hunt: MiLibraryQuest. Designed to engage teens in a virtual activity, and to encourage the exploration of participating libraries' websites and services, this project soon grew to encompass more than 92 Michigan libraries by the time the Quest began. MiLibraryQuest has continued to grow during 2020 and 2021 into a seasonal multi-library collaboration.

Presenter: Kristen Getzin


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