Youth Services Division (YSD)


YSD works to:

  1. promote library service for youth librarianship within and for the public libraries in Delaware.
  2. cooperate in the promotion of general and joint
    enterprises within the Association and with other library groups, and to represent and interpret library service to youth in contacts outside the profession.
  3. have full authority within the Delaware Library Association in respect to all programs and policies which concern only the area of library service to youth in Delaware, and to act for the Association in this area.
  4. study, approve, and sponsor standards, laws, and financial support for library service to youth in coordination with the State Division of Libraries, the Delaware Library Trustee Association, and all other appropriate organizations.
  5. conduct activities and projects for improvement and
    extension of library service to youth and for stimulation of the
    development of librarians and staff members engaged in library service to youth in Delaware.
    DLA Handbook, p. 34.


  • YSD Spring Program, 2023 – YSD and Baker and Taylor are hosting a Spring program that is open to all Youth Services staff, not just YSD members on April 26, 2023. This program will be hosted at the Route 9 Library. Register here. 
  • YSD Fall Meeting 2022 – Looking for new program ideas? Have a program that has been a big hit at your library? Then you are in luck! We are asking all those who are attending our fall 2022 meeting to please bring one program which has been successful at your library to share at the meeting. To be held at the Appoquinimink Public Library. In person attendance is highly encouraged. Virtual option to be made available. Minutes from Fall Meeting can be found here. 
  • YSD Standard Guidelines – Spring 2018
  • Interested in Young Adult Library Services? Check out YALSA’s initiative, #act4teens
  • Blue Hen Book Award:

The officers and the past president are the Executive Board of the Division. Vice Presidents are also part of the Conference Committee.  (As of 2017, YSD has two-year terms.)


Susan Elizabeth Cordle
Head of Youth Services
Dover Public Library
Phone: (302) 736-7030
susanelizabeth.cordle AT

Vice President|President-Elect/Conference Committee Chair

Rachel West
Youth Services Librarian
Appoquinimink Community Library
Phone: (302) 378-5588​
Rachel.West AT


Emily Ellinger
Teen Services Librarian
Lewes Public Library
Phone: (302) 703-3007
Emily.Ellinger AT

Past President

Renate Cumming
rcumming AT