Young Adult Library Services Association

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), established in 1957, is a division of the American Library Association. YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand the capacity of libraries to better serve teens. YALSA administers several awards and sponsors an annual Young Adult Literature Symposium, Teen Read Week, the third week of each October, and Teen Tech Week, the second week of each March.


Who Can Be A Member?

Library Support Staff, Librarian Generalists, Teen Services Specialists, Youth Services Librarians, Reference Librarians, Managers, Trustees, Administrators at Public Libraries, School Librarians, School Library Support Staff, Reading Specialists, Educators and Administrators in Middle and High Schools, Graduate Students in Library Science or Young Adult Literature Programs, Faculty at Graduate Schools of Library and Information Science, Librarians Who Work with Teens in Special Libraries (Including Hospitals and Correctional Facilities), Afterschool Providers Who Work with Teens, Supporters of Youth Literacy, Booksellers, Bookstores, Corporations, Authors, and Supporters of Libraries (Including Parents, Teens, Friends of the Library Groups and Community Members). [1]

Membership Benefits

When you are a member of YALSA you still get to enjoy all of the benefits that ALA members receive plus the additional benefits that are available to just YALA members.

Some of the benefits that YALSA members receive include some of these exclusive benefits that helps members...

"Build skills and knowledge to give you a competitive edge over colleagues via free access to live monthly webinars, as well as $760 worth of archived webinars via YELL (YALSA E-Learning Library), discounts on products and books, discounted registration for online courses, conferences, and more.

Add more value to your library and become indispensable at work via eligibility for more than $150,000 in YALSA's grants, scholarships, stipends, and contests for members each year.

Stay up to date on the latest trends and resources via free subscriptions to publications like YALSA's award-winning quarterly journal, YALS, and YALSA E-News, the weekly e-newsletter.

Meet new professional contacts that can lead to career opportunities via members you meet and interact with on virtual and face-to-face committees, Interest Groups and more.

Make your daily work easier via access to support to help you deal successfully with book challenges, cutbacks and more.

Get recognition for your achievements via members' only awards.

Gain leadership skills to take you to the next level via our mentoring program, Board Fellowship, and more.

Make a difference for libraries and teens via service projects and fundraisers.

Raise your profile in the library community by blogging for The Hub or the YALSAblog, presenting a webinar & more." [2]

Dues and Rates


National Guidelines[edit]

Book and Media Awards[edit]

  • The Alex Awards were named for twentieth-century American librarian Margaret "Alex" Edwards.[3] They are awarded annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.[4] In the past 17 years, (1998–2014) 170 books have been honored with the award.
  • The Edwards Award was named for twentieth-century American librarian Margaret A. Edwards.[3] It is awarded annually to an author and a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.[5] In the past 27 years (1988–2014), 26 authors have been honored with the award. [6]
  • The Morris Award was named for twentieth-century American publisher William C. Morris[7] It is awarded annually to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.[7] From (2013-2014), two books has been honored with the award. In addition, four new books from the 2014 nominations were announced as finalists. [8]
  • The Odyssey Award was named in honor of the Homer's eighth century BC epic poem to remind us of the ancient roots of storytelling, while living in our modern world.[9] The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by YALSA and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), another division of the ALA. It is sponsored by Booklist magazine, a publication of the ALA.[9] In the past 3 years (2012–2014), 3 titles have been honored with the award. In addition, as runners-up, 8 titles have been cited as Odyssey Honor books. [10]
  • The Printz Award was named for twentieth-century American librarian Michael L. Printz. [11] It is sponsored by Booklist magazine, a publication of the ALA. [11] It is awarded annually to the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.[11] In the past 15 years (2000–2014), 15 books have been honored with the award. In addition, as runners up, 53 books have received the Printz honor.[12]
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – This award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The first winner was named in 2010.[13] Since its first year, four books have been given the award.[14][15]

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