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YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium

Everyone is welcome to join YALSA for the Young Adult Services Symposium! Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults. Session content is focused around key issues in YALSA's recent report. The symposium will take place November 4–6, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh with a theme of: Empowering Teens to Increase your Library’s Impact.

11/4/2016 to 11/6/2016
When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Where: Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA  15222

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Registration is now open!  Register online early for the best rates.

Rates start as low as $59!  What is included with registration?

  • Opening session on Friday evening
  • Educational programming on Saturday from 8:30am-5pm, and 8:30am-1:00pm on Sunday, with the option to register for additional events Friday.    
  • Attendees will have access to a free webinar
  • A certificate of participation with your contact hours (to receive the certificate, there will be a sign up sheet on site) 
  • Refreshment breaks mid morning on Saturday and Sunday and an afternoon break on Saturday
  • A Symposium bag

Please download and send both pages of the paper registration form If you are:

  • paying with a check or purchase order
  • a student bot not a current student member of ALA

If you have questions about registration, contact YALSA Program Officer Nichole O'Connor at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387 or at Badge pickup: All badges will need to be picked up onsite in Pittsburgh at symposium check-in, beginning Friday morning.

   Ticketed Events

The Participatory Library: Partnering with Teens to Design Library Learning Experiences, Friday, 9am-12pm, $79
In this highly participatory session Juan Rubio, Jennifer Velasquez and Jason Yip will offer tools and strategies for involving teens in a full spectrum of co-design opportunities – useful for the development of everything from basic teen library events to the prototyping of new library services and products.

The workshop will focus on:

  • why the role of teens must shift from consumers of library-driven activities to developers/implementers of library events and co-designers of digitally rich learning experiences;  
  • how practices  designed by Yip, for gathering direct input from teens when designing learning experiences, relate to library practices and how Yip’s “co-design lessons” can be modified for use in library sponsored teen events;  
  • how, through collaboration between Seattle Public Library’s Rubio and University of Washington iSchool, teens are involved in providing insight and inspiration into what makes successful connected learning environments with digital media;
  • why, via tools such as Velasquez’s “matrix of teen participation”, it is vital and possible to make integration of youth voice quantifiable, reportable and an organizational goal
Marketing Library Programs for Increased Impact, Friday, 1pm-4pm, $79.
Increase your library’s impact by empowering teens to contribute to library marketing conversations. This session gives participants a hands-on overview of the life of a teen library marketing campaign. We'll walk you through conceptualization to media creation, traditional paper flyers to the newest social media tricks; data analytics to assessing your marketing return on investment. These can be applied to libraries of any size, or location! Learn how to collect teen-driven content for more meaningful and diverse dialogue, and how to boost your teen library services signal on social media platforms. Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram will be covered, but no prior exposure is needed.  
Designed for Equity Tour: space and programs that empower youth leaders in libraries and museums, Friday, 12pm-4pm, Tickets $40 (includes transportation).  Space is limited.
Tour the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s The Labs and learn how two very different institutions have designed and run youth-facing programs, rooted in the framework of connected learning. See youth projects, talk to staff, and get ideas to take back to your library.
Warhol Workshop, Friday, 6:30-9:30pm, $25.  Space is limited*.
This program offers a guided tour of the Warhol museum’s permanent collection as well as hands on time in The Factory, the museum’s art studio, creating screen-printed artwork in Warhol’s style. Light refreshments will be provided.  Transportation to the museum is not provided (it is a 10 minute walk from the Westin).  
Author Luncheon, Saturday, 12-1:30pm, $49.  
More information on the author will be available soon.
Pittsburgh Trolley Tour, Saturday, 8-9:30pm, $30
Step aboard a vintage 1920's style Trolley and experience Pittsburgh with a fully guided 1-hour historical tour.  The Molly's Trolleys Sightseeing Tour will depart from the Westin and travels to popular areas of the City including Downtown, the Cultural District, and the North Side. It also includes a ride on the historic cable railway, the Duquesne Incline. The historically oriented tour informs riders of the rich history of these Pittsburgh neighborhoods with detailed information on people, places and things all around the Burgh, then will return you to the Westin.
*It is possible to see the museum without purchasing a ticket to this event.   The museum is open until 10pm on Friday and also offers discounted admission of only $10. Attendees interested in visiting the Warhol can meet near registration at 7:00pm to walk over to the museum as a group.  

   Symposium Registration Rates

Early Bird Rate runs April 1-September 15, 2016.

$199 YALSA Personal Member
$199 Pennsylvania Library Association Members
$199 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Members
$249 ALA Personal Member
$310 Nonmembers
$59 Students (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Advanced registration runs September 16 - October 13, 2016.

$249 YALSA Personal Member
$249 Pennsylvania Library Association Members
$249 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Members
$299 ALA Personal Member
$359 Nonmember
$59 Student (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Onsite fees apply to registrations made on or after October 14, 2016.

$279 YALSA Personal Member
$279 Pennsylvania Library Association Members
$279 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Members
$329 ALA Personal Member
$379 Nonmember
$79 Student Member (enrolled full-time in a library program)

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