Young-Adult Fiction

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Putting Teens First

When I started out as a librarian (35 years ago) much of the work I was involved in was about the things that I liked. I liked a certain type of …

Teens

January 16th is National Day of Racial Healing (#NDORH) - The Hub

National Day of Racial Healing is a day to “Focusing on ways for all of us to heal from the wounds of the past, to build mutually respectful …

North Carolina

I Love My Librarian Award Spotlight: Sheikla Blount

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Sheikla Blount, library media specialist at Columbiana Middle School in Columbiana, Alabama. Ms. Blount was …

What's New in Young Adult Fiction (2018)

Let’s face it: 2017 wasn’t a great year. Negativity reigned everywhere you went. And don’t get me started on the current political climate! Good thing we have books. We need great books more than ever — wonderful pieces of fiction that provide social awareness along with escapism.<p>Enter the …

Books

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Youth Leadership

:1em” <br>Giving teens the chance to develop leadership skills is a component of YALSA’s Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. In the four minute …

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff

As you read the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff you may think to yourself, there are some things that I want to learn. Or, there are …

Learning

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Demonstrating the Paradigm Shift

Back in 2010, I was a member of the taskforce that worked on what was then called Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. With the release of …

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: What’s in a Name?

Have you noticed? The name of YALSA’s new competencies doesn’t say “for teen services staff” or “for teen librarians.” The title is Teen Services …

Another Year, Another Mock Printz - The Hub

As the year begins to wind down, so do Mock Printz selection teams! With the Michael L. Printz Award just over 2 months away, we begin to narrow our …

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Equity of Access

YALSA released the new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff just in time for my 10 year anniversary as a YALSA volunteer. It is a great time …

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Overview of Teen Growth & Development

If you’re a regular reader of the YALSA Blog, you will know that a brand-new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff was released at the end of …

Teens

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Cultural Competency and Serving Immigrant and Refugee Teens through Community Partnerships

<i>Rachel McDonald has been a Teen Services Librarian for King County Library System in Washington state since 2007. Her primary interests are</i> …

Nonprofits

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: The Future of the Past

YALSA’s new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff continues to set out a vision for the skills and knowledge library staff need in order to …

Libraries

The 2017 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part Two) Announced by a Conference of Nerds*

Posted by donalynm on January 3, 2018 in 2017 Nerdies | Leave a comment<p>Today we announce the second half of the 2017 Nerdies for Best Young Adult …

Books

The December Dilemma: Addressing Identity in the Library

As we reflect on the holiday season, it is vital to assess our approach to cultural identity and diversity. Teaching Tolerance and the Tanenbaum …

YALSA Symposium Inspiration from a Stipend Winner

As a young librarian, it can be difficult to find your footing. After receiving my degree and being a teen librarian for a little over a year, I was …

Education

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Making Space for Competencies

Everyone was intrigued and curious that a competencies document focused on teen services actually exists; the teens liked that the document …

The 2017 Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction (Part One) Announced by a Chapter of Nerds

Posted by donalynm on January 2, 2018 in 2017 Nerdies | Leave a comment<p>We finish up the 2017 Nerdy Book Club Awards with two collaborative posts …

Books

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: Ongoing Learning & Reflection

Have you heard? At the end of 2017 YALSA released the brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. The 10 categories of competencies are …

Learning

Fun Places to Visit in Denver

There are loads of things to do while you are in Denver for ALA Midwinter! To take a break from the conference and see the city I would recommend …

Colorado

How Student Engagement is Important for Libraries

A recent survey conducted by YouthTruth discusses whether or not students feel engaged in their school studies. Understanding student engagement is …

Education

Women in Comics - Looking Ahead to 2018 - The Hub

As another year begins, it’s time to look ahead to the exciting new comics and graphic novels by women that we can expect in 2018. Hopefully this …

Books

What's on Tap for Disney in 2018? From 'Star Wars' to 21st Century Fox

Disney had a big year in 2017. The media and entertainment behemoth announced plans to keep CEO Bob Iger around quite a bit longer and made a huge …

Tech Industry

Translated YA of 2017: a Year-End Roundup of the Latest Titles - The Hub

At the beginning of this year we blogged about the newest translated YA titles of 2017 and the importance of reading across borders. As the year …

Books

Patterns in Multicultural Young Adults Novels about Persian Culture

About Anna Lam<p>Anna Lam is a Communications Specialist for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Drawing Queerness: Evaluating Notable LGBTQ Graphic Novels for Teens

About Anna Lam<p>Anna Lam is a Communications Specialist for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Contact Your US Senators to Support Library Funding

In an effort to strengthen library and museum services across the nation, Senator Jack Reed introduced the Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 …

Volunteer for YALSA Committees, Advisory Boards, and Taskforces by February 1

It’s that time of year again! As YALSA President-Elect, I’ll make appointments in February for the following YALSA committees that will begin work in …

Governance

Yummy Places to Eat in Denver

Denver has some amazing restaurants! While reading this post, you’ll discover that I’d never make it as a food critic. That said, I do enjoy really …

Colorado

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Lessons Learned from a Waldorf School Partnership

In summer 2017, my branch library was invited to host seven on-site storytimes for The Denver Waldorf School (DWS), a local, private school whose …

Education