Help YALSA recruit YA librarians!

YALSA will be launching a new section of its website focusing on recruiting young adult and secondary school librarians — and we need your stories! There’s no better recruitment tool than the experience and wisdom of people in the field itself.

How can you help?

Visit the wiki page we’ve created and add your answers to these three questions:

  1. Why did you decide to become a young adult or secondary school librarian?
  2. What motivates you on a daily basis?
  3. What do you enjoy most about being a librarian who serves teens?

Thanks for all you do to support teen services at your library.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.
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  1. Anonymous. Alas.

    Do you need to recruit YA librarians? There’s about a hundred of them getting laid off from the public libraries in NYC and not, it seems, an awful lot of job openings.

  2. This will probably be a long-term resource. Those librarians that get laid off may find alternative employment. Recruiting is an on going process that shouldn’t be stopped because of a recession. We always want people to be interested in the profession. Sharing our motivations for the work that we do only gives people more insight. Aren’t we in the business of providing information?

  3. I also want to point out that in some cases, being a YA librarian (as opposed to a generalist) can actually provide some degree of job security–in my area, for instance, although some librarians are losing jobs due to branch closures, the system is protecting the limited YA programs it has and maintaining its few YA positions.

    I know this isn’t true everywhere, and that in some places YA or children’s librarians are the first to go (or to have their hours slashed), but elsewhere libraries are deciding that these are valuable programs worth saving.

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