Beth Yoke, CAE

Executive Director,
Young Adult Library Services Association

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Young Adult Library Services Association
Chicago, IL

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Beth Yoke, CAE, has served as Executive Director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, since 2004. At YALSA she has overseen the expansion of YALSA as well as the implementation of new initiatives such as the annual Young Adult Services Symposium and the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Yoke also worked with the YALSA Board to expand the organization’s capacity by establishing a Leadership Endowment, establishing corporate partnerships and obtaining several grants. In 2011 Yoke, along with YALSA’s President-Elect, Jack Martin, competed for and won the BoardSource Innovation Prize. The $10,000 award was put towards YALSA’s Leadership Endowment. Prior to working at YALSA, Yoke worked as a university librarian at Fairmont State University, as a school librarian in Stafford, VA, and an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, LA. Beth Yoke earned a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College in 1991, a teaching certificate from Tulane University in 1995 and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University in 1998. You can follow her on Twitter via @yalsa_director.
Specialties: non-profit management


Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
1997 To 1998

Gettysburg College
1987 To 1991

Gettysburg College
Bachelor of Artrs
1987 To 1991

Gettysburg College
1987 To 1991

Job History

Young Adult Library Services Association a Division of the American Library Association
Executive Director
November 2004 - present

Fairmont State University
August 2001 - October 2004

North Stafford High School
School Librarian
January 1999 - October 2000

Orleans Parish Schools
Elementary School Teacher
August 1993 - July 1997

Teach for America
August 1991 - August 1993