YALSA's 2017 Young Adult Services Symposium

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The Young Adult Services Symposium is open to everyone, not just YALSA members.  

Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults.  Session content is focused around key issues in YALSA's recent report.

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The symposium will take place in Louisville, KY, November 3 -5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville with a theme of: Libraries:  Helping All Teens Build a Better Future.

The Symposium will gather together school and public library staff, educators, researchers, young adult authors and other teen advocates to discuss the role of libraries in helping teens build a better future within the library and beyond.  Libraries are in a unique position to support the needs of teens as they take their first steps towards their future.  They provide an opportunity for teens to explore their identity; learn about the larger community and their place(s) in it; pursue their passions; investigate career options; create positive change; and more.  Join us at the 2017 YA Services Symposium as we explore the many ways that libraries and library staff can help ensure all teens, especially those with the greatest needs, are prepared for college, careers, and life.  

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Questions? Contact Nichole O'Connor at 312.280.4387 or noconnor@ala.org


YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium Stipend enables two qualified recipients to attend YALSA's annual YA Services Symposium, which in 2017 will be held in Louisville, KY, Nov. 3-5.

Each stipend offers up to $1,000: one to a library worker who works directly with young adults, with at least one year of experience; the second is to a student enrolled in an ALA or NCATE accredited library program (you must be a graduate student as of November 2, 2017) with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting.