About Us

The School Library and Youth Services section works to keep its members up to date and abreast of the latest trends and issues in youth librarianship. It also serves as the platform for nominating literary works that are deemed excellent reads for youth in North Dakota. Furthermore, SLAYS is a driving force behind finding continuing education opportunities for its members.

Abbreviation: SLAYS


Photo Credit: Allison Radermacher


Membership Benefits:

  • Leadership opportunities through becoming a section officer
  • Opportunities for networking and collaborating with other school and youth services librarians
  • Option to serve on the Flickertale (ND Youth Book Award) Committee


Instructions for listserv:

Receive updates on section activities by subscribing to the SLAYS-NDLA listserv. Follow these steps to subscribe:

     1) Send an e-mail to [email protected]
     2) Leave the subject line blank of the e-mail
     3) In the body (not subject) of the e-mail enter:
         SUB NDLA-SLAYS yourfirstname yourlastname

You may also learn about our listservs here. 

Current Section Officers:

Chair -
Carmen Redding
Email Address: [email protected]
Library/School/Place of Employment/etc.: ND State Library


Secretary - Amber Emergy
Email Address: [email protected]
Library/School/Place of Employment/etc.: Fargo Public Library


Chair-Elect - Lesley Allan,
Email Address: [email protected]
Library/School/Place of Employment/etc.:Williston Public Schools


Past Chair - 
 Allison Radermacher
Email Address: [email protected]
Library/School/Place of Employment/etc.: Ellendale Public School


Section Links:

Association for Library Service to Children


American Association of School Librarians


Young Adult Library Services Association



Flicker Tale Award


Youth Excellence Program of the Year


School Library Benefactor of the Year