YALS FAQ

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Coming Soon! YALS  is going all digital! Please view the FAQ below:

Who’s affected by this transition?
YALSA members and YALS subscribers.

What’s happening to YALS?
YALS is transitioning to a new, all digital, robust platform.

When is this transitioning happening?
The Winter 2018 issue will be the last print issue. Starting with the Spring 2018, YALS will be all digital.

Where will I be able to access the digital version? A quarterly e-blast will be sent out to all YALS readers every time a new issue is released. If you are a YALSA member, you can also log into your ALA account and access the links on the YALSA “Members’ Only” page under “Member Center.” An additional e-blast will be sent out approximately a week prior to the official release date of the issue as a “heads-up” to readers so they can look out for it in their inbox.

Why are you transitioning to digital only?
To give you easy, on-the-go access to the journal, no matter where or when. We’re confident that the new, robust platform will give you a positive, enhanced reading experience.

The platform allows you to:

  • Access the journal on any browser-based mobile device or laptop/desktop computer
  • Print pages and save issues or individual pages as PDFs
  • View content as a news feed or flip book format, as well as a text-only mode for small devices
  • Search individual issues and across archived issues
  • Access live hyperlinks, advertiser index, archives, and articles from the Table of Contents
  • And more!

How will I access the digital issues?
Notifications of each issue release will be sent via email blasts. To ensure you receive these, please update your email address in your ALA profile. To do this, visit http://www.ala.org/, click on “login” in the upper right hand corner, log-in with your credentials, click on “my profile” and view the options available to update your profile.

You can also access the latest issue of YALS in YALSA’s  “Members Only” section on its website. Once at the members only section, you will have to log-in with your ALA account in order to access the content. Back issues of YALS (where available) can be accessed in the archive section of this website. If you don’t know your ALA account log-in information, you can contact ALA Customer service at 1-800-545-2433, option 5 or by email at customerservice@ala.org, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Monday-Friday).

Questions? Please contact Anna Lam at alam@ala.org.

Other FAQs:

I missed an issue. Can I get a replacement?

YALS mails four times a year: January, April, July, and October. If you do not receive your YALS by the end of those months, please contact ALA’s Customer Service to have a replacement issue sent. You can contact ALA Customer service at
1-800-545-2433, option 5 or by email at customerservice@ala.org, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Monday-Friday). YALS is now digital only. If you’d like to purchase a back issue, please see below.

I’d like to purchase a back issue. How can I do that?

Please contact Anna Lam at alam@ala.org and she’ll be able to help you out. If you’d like to purchase in bulk, YALSA also offers a discount.

How do I advertise?

Please consult the YALSA Media Kit and contact YALSA’s ad rep, Bill Spilman, at bill@innovativemediasolutions.com.

How do I submit an article?

Please read over our submission guidelines and contact YALS Editor-in-Chief Megan Honig at yalseditor@gmail.com.

Does YALS review books? Can you read my novel?

YALS reviews professional materials only, including books and websites that help librarians, library staff, and educators with their careers and day-to-day duties. YALSdoes not review young adult books. If you are an author of a new book for teens, please read our Resources for Authors and Publishers.

Does YALS publish research articles?

YALS does not publish research articles. However, YALSA does have a research journal, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, that does. Learn more here.

I have a question about my YALSA membership or can’t log in.

We’re happy to help! Please send your question to yalsa@ala.org or call us at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

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