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Tammy Dillard-Steels leaving as Executive Director of YALSA; LaMoya N. Burks appointed as interim

CHICAGO — Tammy Dillard-Steels, executive director of the Young Adult Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will step down effective February 4, 2022.

Dillard-Steels joined YALSA as Executive Director in April 2019, bringing a wealth of association management experience to ALA. During her nearly three years at ALA, Dillard-Steels led the division in supporting its mission to empower library staff to serve and support teens — especially those with older needs – on the way to a successful and fulfilling life. Among his many accomplishments, he worked with the YALSA Board of Directors to guide the division in creating a new strategic plan and led the planning and convening of a successful YALSA Symposium, which took place in November. 2021 in Reno, Nevada, bringing together hundreds of youth services. library professionals gathered in person and virtually, to discuss ways to support teens amid the pandemic and its unprecedented disruption to school and family life.

“Tammy has been a steadfast leader for the work of YALSA during a critical time. She brought integrity and an unwavering commitment to serving the role. She is leaving YALSA after guiding a strategic plan that should make her impact stronger and broader. I appreciate that,” said Tracie D. Hall, ALA’s executive director.

LaMoya N. Burks, currently chief librarian at the Palmer Memorial Library at Texarkana (Texas) College, a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University – Texarkana, and a longtime member of YALSA, has been named interim executive director. She is a member of the YALSA Pura Belpre working group and currently sits on the Legislation Committee and the Literacy Committee. She is also a member of the ALA Spectrum Doctoral Scholars Selection Committee. Burks is from Texarkana, TX and earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Texarkana and a Master of Library and Information Science with Graduate Certificates in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies, Digital Content Management and Data Analytics from the University of North Texas.

“We are delighted to welcome LaMoya to the ALA in this interim capacity. She has been recognized numerous times by the Texas Library Association for her contributions. LaMoya is also considered a rising leader within the ALA, as indicated by her track record of involvement in various aspects of the association’s work, from legislation to literacy. Given her ongoing doctoral work in instructional leadership, I look forward to the new perspectives she will bring to this critical role and how they will serve to support the ambitious goals the YALSA Board has set for the division, and that I, as an alumnus that youth services librarians seek to achieve for the field as a whole,” Hall said.

“As President of YALSA, I have had the honor of working closely with Tammy,” said YALSA President Kelly Czarnecki. “I appreciate the path she has taken for YALSA with our new strategic plan, an updated staffing model that is more fiscally responsible, and a deep respect for the hard work of the volunteer members who make up the organization. YALSA. LaMoya Burks steps into the role of interim executive director at a terrific time. I look forward to working with her and the Board to continue to achieve our goals set out in the plan to which members and youth advocates have contributed so much.

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The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is networking, advocacy and professional development. The Young Adult Library Services Association empowers all involved in the profession to provide equitable, diverse, and inclusive services to adolescents. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources, go to

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