Tag Archives: yalsa

ALA submits comments on Family Engagement and Early Learning

A parent reads to small children at her local library.

Yesterday, were we getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter conference that starts this week? Uh, no. In fact we were putting the finishing touches on comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. Their draft policy statement includes specific Principles ... Read More »

How to advocate for libraries this summer

It’s August, and most political activities are moving to home districts for the summer. Fortunately, legislators return to local districts during this time, leaving plenty of opportunities for library advocates to schedule advocacy meetings or invite legislators to visit their local libraries. It is also an election year, so many legislators are campaigning for the U.S. House of Representatives and ... Read More »

Teen issues and tech policies intersect this Thursday

In what ways are Washington issues affecting teen library users? How can librarians support technology policies that support teenagers? Ask these questions and more this Thursday when technology policy leaders from the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) discuss digital learning via the Young Adult Library Services Association’s @yalsa Twitter account. As part of Teen Tech Week, ... Read More »

21st century teens and 21st century library services: A call to action

This article was written by Chris Harris, school library system coordinator, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (NY) and chair of the ALA OITP Advisory Committee. YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association (ALA), today released The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action report on teen library services. The report ... Read More »

Young adults and four key trends shaping the future of libraries

The fall 2013 issue of Young Adult Library Services (YALS) features the future of libraries with a focus on young adult services (naturally). I have an article in this issue that takes a big-picture view. The Future of Libraries is now frequently discussed within the library community. Writers, analysts, and journalists reference it in subjects ranging from the design of ... Read More »