YALSA at ALA Annual Conference

Find out what YALSA has planned for ALA Annual Conference!

2012 Conference Information

ALA Annual Conference will take place June 28-July 2, 2013, in Chicago. Find a listing of YALSA events.

Child Care

Child care will be available for children between 3 months and 17 years of age. Child care will be provided by ACCENT, a nationally recognized professional childcare company. Care will be provided from Friday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm daily. Learn more about child care at ALA Annual.

Local Information

Find information about Chicago from local YALSA members.

Selected YALSA Events

Friday Pre-Annual Events


Please note: to participate in these workshops, you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference.

Ten Years of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

8:30am to 12:00pm

Join YALSA for a half day preconference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Teens’ Top Ten (TTT)! The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Learn about the program from current TTT groups, receive tips on how to run a similar program in your library, and meet authors who have appeared on the Teens’ Top Ten list (like the 2012 winner, Veronica Roth).

YA Lit Bloggers’ Summit

12:30 to 4:30pm

A must-attend event for YA lit bloggers! Take your blog to the next level by participating in a discussion of the state of YA lit and networking with bloggers, reviewers, publishers and authors. Topics such as leadership, marketing, tech help, review writing, ethics and copyright will be covered. You’ll leave with new contacts in blogging and publishing and a clear vision for how to make a positive mark in the vibrant world of YA lit.



What is the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)? How can this ALA division help you? Learn more in this mixer-style orientation, where you can get an overview of the division, its activities and what YALSA has to offer you. New members and those considering membership will learn more about the benefits, and established members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity!

YALSA Events at the Annual Conference

Saturday, June 29

  • 20 Programs Under $20, Saturday, 8:30 - 10 am. With budgets for programming being cut all over the country, creating quality teen programming can be challenging, but not impossible. This program will detail twenty programs that cost twenty dollars or less, and can be easily executed at any library. Outlines for each program will be available for all participants, and audience members will be able to try out some of the program activities themselves. Presenter: Pamela Jayne and Susan Sitz.

  • Selection Committee Chair Leadership Development Saturday 8AM to 10AM, Doubletree Suites, Tuscany AB. This is a leadership training session for YALSA's Selection and Award Committee Chairs. All Chairs of selection and award committees, are expected to attend. Directors on YALSA's Board are also expected to attend. Never been a Selection or Award Committee Chair, but thinking about being one? Come to this event to learn the leadership basics. Appointments to these committees will be made in October, so now is the time to learn what they're all about.
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon (Ticketed Event - $64) Saturday, 11am-1:00pm, Come join us for a relaxing lunch and listen to Tamora Pierce, winner of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, talk about their writing. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine.
  • Dynamic Duos: Collaboration between School and Public Library Systems, Saturday, 1-2:30pm, School Teacher-Librarians and public librarians have much to offer each other, but realizing a successful collaboration can be difficult. We will explore collaboration from both sides, giving you the know-how to take advantage of your colleagues (in a good way), improving every aspect of your services with less work and more fun! Participants will learn the benefits of collaboration, see several collaborative models, and begin to develop a seamless user experience for their shared patrons. Presenters: Jessica Lee and Jack Baur

  • Attracting Reluctant Male Readers, Saturday, 1-2:30pm, An alarming number of adolescent boys are being labeled “reluctant readers.” We want them to read, how do we make that happen? Two Chicago-area authors, who double as public and school librarians, discuss ways to move boys to the “eager reader” category. The presenters represent populations (gay and African-American) that are traditionally under served. Attendees will receive information on sure-fire titles, proven strategies, and on-line resources to help match students with books and services. Presenters: James Klise and Barbara Binns

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Session: 1:30 - 3:30. Come hear local Anaheim teens talk about their favorite picks for the 2014 BFYA list.

  • Maker Nation: Providing STEM Programming Through Partnership co sponsored by PLA, Saturday, 3:00-4:00pm. Learn how Allen County Public Library partnered with the non-profit organization TekVenture beginning in 2011 to offer innovative programming on topics related to science, technology, engineering, math, art, and design for patrons age 12 and up. Create a maker community in your city or town! Presenters: Jeff Krull, Allen County Public Library director, Greg Jacobs, TekVenture president, and Mari Hardacre, Young Adults' Services manager.

  • Empowering Youth Through Junior Friends' Groups and Socially Conscious Programming, Saturday, 4:30-5:30pm. Involve and engage the teens who use your library by starting or revitalizing a Junior Friends group. Junior Friends allow for the growth of leadership skills, responsibility, activism, and increased positive interaction w/peers and the community at large. We’ll also examine socially conscious programming for teens, which addresses diversity and the need to empower our youth regardless of their backgrounds. These programs can be replicated and adapted by teen librarians across the country.

    Presenter: Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale Public Library, Uniondale, NY.

  • USBBY Program, Saturday, 4:30-5:30. The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) are pleased to present Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, listed on the 2013 USBBY Outstanding International Books and a 2013 Michael L. Printz honor book.

  • Beyond Crafts: Digital Literacy and New Media Programs for Students, Saturday, 4:30-6 pm, It is important that youth services librarians include new media programs on their calendars next to traditional arts and crafts. This presentation is designed to give them knowledge of 21st century skills and resources as they relate to digital literacy. Projects discussed will include light animation, robotics, sand animation, claymation, and digital photography, among others. Sample budgets and hands on lessons will be included. Presenters: Charles Sutton and Michael Cherry.

  • YALSA Happy Hour, 6:00 to 7:00pm Join members and those interested in joining YALSA to mingle at this informal Happy Hour! Cash bar. Everyone welcome.

Sunday, June 30

  • YA Author Coffee Klatch (Ticketed Event, $25) Sunday 9:00am -10am, Enjoy coffee and meet with great YA authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have been honored by a YALSA list or award. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk!
  • The 2013 Alex Awards: Sunday, 10:30am-11:30am. The 2013 Alex Award winners—what they are and how to sell them to young adults—are highlighted in this panel presentation. Some winning authors will speak about their book and the award. The Alex Award is given to the top 10 books that appeal to young adults, and is administered by YALSA and sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist.
  • We Go Together: Pairing the latest non-fiction for teens with fiction titles. Sunday, 4:30-5:30pm

    Non-Fiction--not just for research any more. Join us for this fun-filled session focused on the latest and greatest non-fiction for teens (& tweens). Participants will get a look at recent “must know” non-fiction titles to recommend in the library/classroom, as well as fiction titles to pair with each book. Participants will take away an annotated bibliography of suggestions, as well as a good foundation for recommending and book-talking non-fiction to teens.

Monday, July 1

  • Generation Us - Intergenerational Programs That Build Community, Monday, 8:30-10am, Are your teens frustrated with busy work, yearning for more meaningful volunteer experiences? Want to create a more positive community perspective of your adolescent patrons? Ready to utilize that wonderful teen energy to create events that are both fun and developmentally enriching? Dawn Rutherford, Teen Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries (WA) and Sara Paschal-Holloway, Teen Librarian for Tacoma Public Library System (WA) will share some of their greatest intergenerational programming successes, and give you the tools you need to make them happen in your library! Learn about running terrific volunteer programs such as Book Buddies and Tech Coaching, how to host gaming programs, pop culture events, and digital media workshops that will bring Millennials together with youth and senior members of the community. Create innovative events that will build community, good will, and 21st century literacies. Gain understanding of the developmental benefits of intergenerational programs.

  • Maintaining Teen E-Collections, Monday, 10:30am-11:30am. How do you build the best e-book collection for teens? Do you have to weed e-materials since they don’t take up physical space? In this program you'll have a chance to talk in small groups about some of the big questions surrounding building of strong teen e-collections and get to connect with experts who are piloting projects and building best practices.

  • YALSA President's Program& Membership Meeting: Excellence in Young Adult Services: Monday, 1:30-3:30pm. Join YALSA President Jack Martin and the winners of the latest round of Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults. These winning programs address teen needs or interests in an innovative or unique way.
  • Odyssey Award Presentation and Program, 4:30-6:00pm Celebrate the spoken word at the 2013 Odyssey Award Presentation featuring clips from the 2013 winners. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook production for youth and co-administered by YALSA and ALSC and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.
  • 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Program and Reception ($34) Come listen to 2013 Printz winner and honor book authors speak about their writing. A reception with refreshments to follow. The award is sponsored by Booklist. Free shuttle service to ALA hotels will be provided until 10:30pm.

ALA Events of Interest

Friday June 28

  • Booklist Books for Youth Forum, 8:00 to 10:00PM

Saturday June 29

  • Job Placement & Career Counseling Center, 9AM to 5PM

Hosted by ALA's Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR). Details about an orientation and how to participate are available at the HRDR web site.

Sunday June 30

  • ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Meeting from 9-10AM

This meeting is a chance for ALA leaders to hear concerns and issues from any conference attendee who has something to share.

  • Job Placement & Career Counseling Center, 9AM to 5PM

Hosted by ALA's Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR). Details about an orientation and how to participate are available at the HRDR web site.

Monday July 1

Youth Council Caucus, 7AM to 8:30AM. This meeting is open to all registered conference attendees. Come and meet the ALA Councilors who are members of AASL, ALSC and YALSA and learn about how youth issues are brought forward in ALA Council.

YALSA in the Exhibit Hall

The ALA Annual Conference is the world's largest library conference, with over 900 exhibitors. YALSA will have a booth in the ALA Member Pavilion on the exhibit floor. At the booth you can get your questions about YALSA answered and pick up some free YALSA swag, including member ribbons for your conference badge.

  • If you are a YALSA member and would like to volunteer to staff the YALSA booth, please contact yalsa@ala.org.

YALSA Governance at Conference

YALSA's Board of Directors has three meetings at the ALA Annual Conference. Board meetings are open meetings and any individual who is registered for the conference may sit in on the meetings. The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Board of Directors Meeting I, Saturday, 2:30 - 5:30
  • Board of Directors Meeting II, Sunday, 4:00 - 5:30
  • Board of Directors Meeting III, Monday, 1:30 - 3:30

The Board agenda and documents are posted online two weeks prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the Board meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from the Governance section of the YALSA web site. Click on the link called "YALSA Board Agendas, Documents, and Minutes." To learn about past Board meetings and actions, visit the Governance page on YALSA's web site to read the minutes from past meetings. If you have questions about governance matters or anything related to the Board of Directors, please feel free to contact YALSA's President, or Beth Yoke. To stay up to date on the latest governance and Board issues, check out YALSA's blog. The President will post regular updates during and after the Annual Conference.