The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens.


  • Currently appointing to new and newly revised member groups including the Future of Teens and Libraries Taskforce, Literacy Resources Taskforce, Advocacy Support Taskforce, YALSA Blog Advisory Board, and Selection and Award Evaluation Taskforce. Feel free to contact me with questions ( and/or submit a volunteer form.
  • With Executive Director Beth Yoke and the board, finalized agendas for Midwinter YALSA Executive Committee and Board meetings.
  • Led discussions during three action-packed days of YALSA Board meetings. Draft minutes of those discussions can be found here.
  • Led discussions during two YALSA Executive Committee meetings. Draft minutes of those discussions can be found here.
  • Led a Board Planning Session in which YALSA Board members discussed future activities for new standing board committees as well as organizational implications of the Future of Teens and Libraries report.
  • Solicited feedback from members regarding Midwinter Board meeting topics, compiled that feedback, and shared it with the Board.
  • Attended formal and informal meetings with Division and ALA leaders at the Midwinter conference.
  • Presented an amazing slate of award winners at the Youth Media Awards.
  • Hosted and celebrated Nonfiction and Morris award winners and finalists at the Midwinter reception.
  • Participated in a television interview with NPN Media on the popularity of young adult literature.
  • Appointed members to fill vacancies on various committees.


  • Apply by March 1st to attend a free, full day workshop Fri. June 27th in Las Vegas. Attendees will learn about both traditional and newer literacies and how to incorporate strategies into their library services in order to better meet the needs of today’s teens. Funding is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Learn more and apply! This workshop takes place the day before ALA’s Annual Conference.
  • Teen Tech Week is around the corner! Have you checked out the TTW Ning lately for great ideas?
  • Applications for a member manager of the YALSA Blog will be accepted through March 1st. Information about the updated job description and instructions for applying can be found here.
  • Congratulations to Robin Kurz, Sarah Levin, and Lisa Lechuga for being selected to receive this year’s National Library Legislative Day stipends! These stipends, awarded through generous member contributions to the Friends of YALSA, will allow these three advocates to travel to D.C. to help share stories about why teens need libraries.
  • Many thanks and congratulations to this year’s Writing Award winners: Erica Gauquier, Jessica Schneider, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Molly Wetta, Kelly Czarnecki, Marie Harris and April Pavis.
  • Many thanks to all who applied to the 2014-2015 Board Fellow position and congratulations to Nicola McDonald for being selected to participate!
  • Yay hooray for Pam Spencer Holly for being selected as this year’s ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Award! Look for an unofficial crown and scepter in Las Vegas.


  • Many thanks to all of the selection and award committee members and Chairs who have just completed a year’s worth of hard work in recognizing great books to engage all teens (and the librarians who love them).
  • Thanks to Chair Laura Pearle and the Writing Award Evaluation Taskforce, as well as Natalie Couch and the Teen Read Week Evaluation Taskforce for compiling data and providing recommendations for the board to discuss at the midwinter meetings.
  • Much appreciation to the ALISE/YALSA work group (Cindy Welch, Robin Kurz, Collette Drouillard, Rebecca Morris, and Frances Harris) who provided a framework for a possible future PhD fellowship. The board looks forward to further investigating the feasibility of that project.
  • Thanks to Karen Keys and the CE Advisory Board for fact finding and recommendations on a YALSA LinkedIn presence.
  • Thanks to YALSA liaisons for making time to attend and report back from ALA meetings.
  • Three cheers to awesome Midwinter presenters including the Advocacy Benchmarks Taskforce, Linda Braun, and Maureen Hartman.
  • Props to the YALSA Board for actively engaging in days of great conversations and for helping to communicate highlights with the membership.
  • Lovebombs to the YALSA staff (Beth Yoke, Letitia Smith, Jaclyn Finneke, Nicole Munguia, and Nichole O’Connor) for making it all happen in Philadelphia as well as for year-long dedication, hard work, and general awesomeness.


About Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson is the 2013-2014 YALSA President and Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library.

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