YALSA has revised “Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth,” a set of guidelines last updated in 2004. A member taskforce worked to streamline and update the guidelines to reflect changes in youth services over the past several years. They are available online at and can be downloaded as a PDF.

The competencies can be used as a tool to evaluate and improve service, a foundation for library school curriculum, a framework for staff training and a set of guiding principles for use when speaking out for the importance of services to teens in libraries.

The competencies are divided into seven areas: leadership and professionalism, knowledge of client group, communication, administration, knowledge of materials, access to information and services.

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Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association

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