The 2022 ALA Annual Conference is just around the corner and after two years of virtual participation, we are excited to see so many YALSA members and library staff in person again. YALSA has several events and program offerings scheduled at the conference and YALSA 301 will be available for in person attendees on Saturday, June 25 11a-12p EDT in WCC room 102A.* (A virtual event for YALSA 301 is in the works.) YALSA 301 shares information about opportunities for YALSA members and others participating in work related to libraries and/or serving teens to engage with YALSA on a deeper level.

There are many ways to level up your skills through YALSA engagement opportunities. Possibilities include serving as a YALSA Board fellow, holding a YALSA Board officer position, chairing an inter-divisional awards committee, or liaising with other ALA divisions and professional associations.  At YALSA 301 you can explore these and other opportunities, talk with people who are currently serving in these roles to gain a first-hand perspective, and see which of these might be a good fit for you.

We hope you are able to join us for YALSA 301! If you have any questions about the event, about leveling up your YALSA engagement, or YALSA in general, please don’t hesitate to respond. Likewise, if you cannot attend YALSA 301 but are interested in these opportunities, reach out to any of the Board Development Committee members!


The YALSA Board Development Committee (BDC):

Yolanda Hood,; Jennifer Korn,; Carla Land,; Valerie Tagoe,; Amanda Rodriguez, YALSA Immediate Past President, BDC Chair,; Kelly Czarnecki, YALSA President, BDC YALSA Board Liaison,

*Rooms at conference are subject to change for events. Checking the scheduler beforehand is always recommended.

It’s been a tough month for many reasons. I hope you’re taking care of yourself and able to find some time to rest and recharge if that is what is calling for you.

Here are some of the highlights from May:

-May has been a busy month for YALSA. We’re planning for Annual of course; working with the Board Development and Division of Membership Promotion to create YALSA 301 and 101 where you’ll learn more how to get involved. I’ve been meeting with my Presidential TaskForce all year to prepare for our program on Monday of conference. For more information on YALSA at ALA Annual, visit here.

-We also held our first YALSA Membership Forum since sharing the Strategic Plan with members earlier this year. We anticipate having the forums on a more regular basis. Thank you for all that were able to attend. The meeting was recorded, so if you were unable to make it, you’ll get to watch the replay.

-Membership has steadily increased each month! We are currently around 3400 of total members! Welcome everyone-we’re so glad you’re here!

-Met with ALA Continuing Education and YALSA ED to continue planning future YALSA CE offerings

-Appointed a Board rep for the ALA EDI Assembly for next term (Thank you Liz!)

-I worked with our YALSA Spectrum Scholars to include a quote from their experiences and will include in my end of year report.

-Connected those YALSA members that have stipend positions with the Executive Director so they’re ready for attending Annual.

-I shared applications for the YALSA ALA Liaison with the YALSA President-Elect and Immediate Past President.

-Attended a meeting with other Division leads (ED and President) to be informed of the recommendations TAG (Transforming ALA Governance) is presenting to Council at Annual.

Any questions or comments, feel free to email:

2020-2021 YALSA President-Elect Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki (she/her)
YALSA President

Photo credit: spring by promanex is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The 2022 co-sponsored ALA/USBBY program will be held at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Washington D.C., from 1-2 pm. The program is titled “Celebrate Indigenous Storytelling: Books from across the Northern Border and will be held in the Washington Convention Center, Room 149A-B. Save the program now in the online Conference Scheduler

Program Description: Join the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) as we celebrate indigenous storytelling! Hear from Inuit author Monica Ittusardjuat, as well as the co-founding authors of Inhabit Media, an Inuit-owned, independent Canadian publishing company. USBBY, an affiliate of ALA, serves as the U.S. National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.


Are you a member of USBBY? A diverse group, USBBY members join together to celebrate and promote international literature for children and young adults. The membership of USBBY includes authors and illustrators, publishers and editors, critics and translators, booksellers, social workers, teachers, university professors and students, librarians and parents. Membership in USBBY is open to anyone interested in its mission and starts at the individual basic rate of $50/year. Once a member, we’d love to have you volunteer to serve on one of our award, selection, or service committees! 

USBBY is governed by a Board of Directors that includes an elected Executive Committee and twelve Directors (four elected and eight appointed), who represent the USBBY membership as well as USBBY´s patron organizations: Children´s Book Council (CBC), the American Library Association (ALA), the International Literacy Association (formerly IRA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

This year your ALA Appointed Directors to the USBBY Board are Sarah Hill (YALSA) and Sara Kelly Johns (AASL).

With the start of Spring, (at least where I am-it felt like it!) this month did seem like the start of new beginnings! The Board held a virtual Retreat at the end of the month. We were able to share what is working and how we can use additional support as we move forward and welcome in new members in a few short months! As my presidency winds down-it also ramps up within the last few months-with Annual conference on its way! I hope to see a lot of you in person-and online-as well. Here’s a summary of what I was up to this month:

  • Attended ALA Executive Spring Board Meeting in Chicago. It was such an honor to speak in front of the Board alongside YALSA Interim ED, LaMoya Burks! I even got to have lunch with Sam Helmick, Liaison to YALSA! They are here to support our needs to the Board.
  • Working with YALSA Board in focusing in on recommendations made by the EDI Task Force report; Promoting Professional Success for Underrepresented Groups Within YALSA. Some of the areas we’re pinpointing are doing a blind review of scholarships and grants and expanding outreach for membership
  • Held virtual YALSA Board Retreat (as mentioned above) to reset and make sure our foundation is in a good place to continue forth into next year after Annual
  • Reviewed Board Fellow applicants. The Board chose YALSA member Morgan Brickey-Jones! She has a solid record of participating in several YASA committees as well as state-wide in Texas. She’s excited to take on a totally different role than she’s had before!
  • Worked on reaching out to incoming Board Members (Congratulations Colleen, Joel, Matthew, Melissa, and Josie!) 
  • Appointed positions to the Accessibility Assembly and Social Media Marketing Strategic Committee
  • Held virtual Board Chat, weekly meetings with Interim ED, and President’s Taskforce meeting
  • Gearing up for ALA Annual 2022!

Any questions or comments, feel free to email:

2020-2021 YALSA President-Elect Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki (she/her)
YALSA President

YALSA is excited to announce that the 2022 Call for proposals for the YA Symposium is now open.  The Symposium will be held November 4-6 in Baltimore, MD.

This year’s theme is “Rediscovering Our Charm: Supporting Teens and Each Other in Our Libraries”

Celebrate the wonderful community of librarians at an event that captures the collaboration, excitement and innovation of what we do best!  We will explore new ways to uplift and support both ourselves and our teens through services and stories. Join YALSA, librarians, and YA authors in Baltimore, the home of Margaret A. Edwards, as we come together to learn, share and honor her vision as courageous champions of young adults.

We are looking for creative, engaging proposals for sessions that embrace the 2022 theme.  Sessions are one hour long, but you  can utilize a variety of formats from traditional PowerPoint/Slides presentations to panel discussions, or discussion groups.

If you are interested in helping the YA community rediscover their charm, please submit a proposal.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 12, 2022.  Visit the submission portal to see what is required.

YALSA is looking for a representative to the Accessibility Assembly. The appointment would run through the end of June 2022 with the opportunity for a one year renewal. The Assembly is made up of representatives appointed by each Division. he Assembly focuses on accessibility issues and provides support in this area to the ALA Conference Committee.

The full charge of the committee is:

“To advance ALA’s continuing commitment to diversity and to accessibility of library and information services for all, including people with physical, sensory or mental disabilities, as reflected in the ALA policy on “Library Services to People with Disabilities [54.3.2]; to facilitate communication among ALA units, members and affiliated groups regarding issues such as equitable access to programs, services, collections, and facilities for library users with disabilities, employment of people with disabilities, and library accessibility policies; to encourage manufacturers and vendors to develop library products and materials using the principles of universal design; to advance optimal accessibility of ALA services and programs; to develop and promote strategies for the recruitment of people with disabilities into the library and information science profession; and, to advance coordinating and cooperation of efforts within ALA and the profession to meet the challenges of providing access to all.”

Conference attendance is not required. Because this is such a short appointment (though with the chance to renew!) this is a great way to give committee work a chance! Just make sure you’re a YALSA member and don’t belong to more than three committees! Contact Kelly Czarnecki, YALSA President, at if interested!

The Social Media Marketing Strategic Committee has an opening for one volunteer! If you’re considering applying for this great prospect, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:

  • YALSA Membership is required and must abide by the ALA Policy of a 3 committee limit.
  • This is a commitment through the end of June 2022 with an opportunity for renewal. As it’s a short run it’s a great way to test the waters!
  • Time commitment is gauged at 1-5 hours a week with weekly assignments and firm deadlines
  • It is recommended to have an idea of how to Tweet and post (and if you’re new at it-to practice first!)
  • Be familiar (and connect with!) current YALSA social media communication (YALSA FacebookYALSA Twitter, and YouTube)

If you’re ready to apply, the Committee Volunteer Form is here (Note: you will need to login with your member information to view).

If you have questions or would like to connect with the Board Liaison or Chair of the Strategic Committee please reach out! Kelly Czarnecki, YALSA President, ( Thank you for considering this great opportunity with YALSA!

Are you planning on going to ALA Annual in June 2022? Would you like to write about your experience for YALSAblog? We’d love to feature you as a guest blogger! 

As a reminder, YALSAblog posts are typically 500-750 words. We ask that bloggers link to YALSA information when relevant – there are some guidelines on the blog that might help you out herehere, and here

And here’s an example of what these ALA Annual recap posts look like: 

Feel free to reach out to Kelly Czarnecki l if you’d like to write a post about ALA Annual, or if you have any questions about deadlines.