September 30, 2023

YALSA Offers Video Training on Teen Services


Ready to glean some ideas on working with teens? Then check out YALSA Academy, a free online collection of training videos sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

The service launches today with an initial six videos on:

  • Conducting a successful teen reference interview
  • Connecting teens and ereaders
  • Creating a mock Printz program
  • Building a YA collection
  • Using ereaders


The videos, each about three to seven minutes long, are posted to the YALSA Academy site and a companion YouTube channel. They’re produced by YALSA members, school and public librarians, and library staff from around the country in a crowdsourced effort that the organization hopes will inspire future “YALSA producers.” “We definitely do welcome submissions from both member and non-members alike,” Eve Gaus, a YALSA program officer for continuing education, wrote by email.

YALSA plans to add its own videos to the resource, including staff productions focused on professional development, including how to create a webinar and submit a program proposal, she adds.

Video production tips and submission guidelines are available on the YALSA Academy site.


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Kathy Ishizuka (, @kishizuka on Twitter) is Executive Editor of School Library Journal.