YA Summit Success

By Donna Throckmorton
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In 1926, Estelle Lutrell and State Librarian Con Cronin recognized the need for a strong association of librarians to improve Arizona libraries. The Arizona State Library Association’s basic mission has remained the same to this day, to promote and improve library service and librarianship in Arizona.  Through the years, the State Library and AzLA have continued to collaborate to improve library service and librarianship in Arizona. 

The recent 2021 Arizona Teen Services Summit is an example of how this strong partnership provides opportunities for library staff to better serve teens in Arizona. The theme of this year’s Summit was – Lift Library Services for Teens.  When library staff spend time learning, preparing, planning, and promoting teen library services, they lift their ability to make a difference in the lives of teens and their community. 

This year’s Summit included sessions on Restorative Justice: The Key to Creating Spaces for Teens with Stephen Jackson, Oak Park Public Library, the Virtually Yours @your Library panel of your library peers, sharing programming ideas, You Can Transform Teen Services with Linda Braun, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and a book discussion based on the book Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, facilitated by Patty Jimenez.  Over the course of the day, 118 participants attended the live sessions and many more have viewed the recorded presentations available on the Arizona Libraries YouTube channel.

Belonging to a library association provides many benefits, but one of the best reasons to join AzLA is to contribute to the success of the library profession.  Participating on committees is one way you can support your colleagues across the state and create a strong library profession.  We want to thank the various planning committees over the years for all their work in making the Teen/YA Summits a success. 

Building Strong Libraries Together

Brief History of the Arizona Teen Services Summit/YA Summit collaboration

2009 Arizona Teen Services Summit held at the Phoenix Public Library with Jaime Ball, CE Consultant, Holly Henley, Youth Services Consultant and Elaine Meyers, Phoenix Public Library.  The Phoenix Public Library and State Library collaboration.

2016 AzLA Regional Forum in Casa Grande included a Young Adult Summit planning workshop to ascertain needs and interests in planning the 2017 YA Summit. 

2017 YA Summit held in Prescott and the planning committee included: Donna Boyce, Ray Ceo, Feliz Crisostomo, Kendra Davey, Sandy Edwards, Patty Jimenez, Jean Kilker, Jenn Lopez, Davina Noffke, Jusdina Nolin-Brown, Lauren Regenhardt – co-chair, Emma Stoltenberg, Mariana Van Meter, Karrie Wicks, Bethany Wilson and Rob Wilson – co-chair.

2019 YA Summit held in Prescott and the planning committee included: Donna Boyce, Andrea Castañeda, Wendy James, Jean Kilker, Gina Macaluso, Samantha Macias, Deborah Moreno, Jusdina Nolin-Brown, Ivonne Ramirez, Jeffrey Stoffer, Donna Throckmorton, Mariana Van Meter, and Rob Wilson – Chair.

2021 Arizona Teen Services Summit was held virtually, and the planning committee includes AnnMarie Creegan – the CE Coordinator for the State Library, Patty Jimenez, the AzLA Professional Development Chair, Donna Throckmorton – co-chair, Library Services Consultant with the State Library, Mariana VanMeter – co-chair of Summit and chair of the AZ Librarians for Young Adult Services (ALYAS), and John Walsh, AzLA President.

If you would like to get involved, make sure to join one of the AzLA Special Interest Groups.

 Donna Throckmorton

Library Services Consultant

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Email: dthrockmorton@azlibrary.gov

 1700 W. Washington St., B-002 | Phoenix, AZ | 85007

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