Recently, members of the YALSA Board discussed how the Division defines “young adult.” Specifically the Board wondered if more attention should be paid to the older or younger age edges of the group that makes up what we call young adult. In that discussion, the group realized that it could be useful if YALSA looked at ways to support librarians that serve older teens (including those in college and the work force) and those in their early 20s.

In order to get started in supporting librarians that serve these teens, YALSA is looking for one or two people to spearhead the formation of a new Interest or Discussion Group. This group might look at ways to work with teens that are:

  • Learning to navigate the first year of college
  • Out of school and looking for job information and resources
  • Trying to figure out what to do after high school
  • Looking for ways to spend their time in creative or educational activities.

The specific activities and focus of the group can be determined by the members and the convener(s).

If you are interested in helping YALSA get this group started, you can read about what’s required on the YALSA Discussion & Interest Group FAQ page.

If you have questions about how to get this new group off the ground, contact YALSA’s Executive Director, Beth Yoke.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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