The YALSA Update: Appointments & Award News

It may be summer, but YALSA doesn’t go on vacation! Here’s the latest news from the YALSA Office!

Online Course Registration Now Open! YALSA opened registration for its fall online courses: Making the Match, New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens and Pain in the Brain. Classes begin Oct. 6, and you can read descriptions and register on the YALSA Online Courses page.

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Award News YALSA’s award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program has a new name and a new sponsor! The MAE Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Applications for the MAE Award (formerly the Sagebrush Award) are due in the YALSA Office on December 1.

YA Lit Symposium Early Bird Ends Sept. 1 You’ve got just three weeks to catch the worm, so to speak — early bird registration rates for the symposium ends Sept. 1! You’ll save $50 over advanced registration and $75 over onsite registration fees. We’re also offering discounts on housing and airfare! Details and registration available at the Young Adult Literature Symposium website!

Need Inspiration? Check out YALSA Publications! Whether you’re gearing up for the start of a new school year or looking for new ideas, look to YALSA’s new books for guidance.

The Official YALSA Awards Guidebook, compiled and edited by Tina Frolund and published by Neal-Schuman, offers essays, annotations, speeches and reproducibles from YALSA’s Alex, Edwards and Printz Award winners.

The fifth edition of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, edited by Amy Alessio and published by YALSA, compiles the five winners of the Excellence project and the twenty “best of the rest.” The book includes descriptions, outcomes and reproducibles, plus appendixes with YALSA’s competencies for serving teens in libraries and other useful info.

Of course, YALSA has plenty of helpful publications, and you can learn more about all of them on our Publications page.

Fill Out a Committee Volunteer Form As Linda Braun mentioned this week, she is beginning to appoint YALSA’s selection committees. So if you’re interested in being on a committee, make sure to fill out a Committee Volunteer Form! In the spring, we’ll begin appointing process committees. (Confused about the committee appointment process? Read Linda’s post on YALSA Committees 101.)

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, subscribe to the YALSA News RSS Feed (in which this column appears), sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter, or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.
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