The YALSA Update: Book Submissions, the Road Trip & More

Contribute to Our Newest Book! Have a great teen programming idea that’s inexpensive? (Like, less than $100.) You could have it published in Cool Teen Programs under $100, edited by Jenine Lillian. You can find the questionnaire for the form online at and send it to by Nov. 20. Those whose programs are chosen for publication will be notified by Jan. 16.

YALSA’s Hitting the Road: We want to have a YALSA presence at a library conference in every state in 2009! If you’re planning on attending your state’s public or school library association conference in 2009 and are willing to volunteer some of your time to represent YALSA, we want to hear from you. The deadline to volunteer is Friday, November 14. You don’t need to be a teen services expert or a long-time member—you just need to have some enthusiasm and some time to volunteer. Apply for one of these options: host a social event, present a program or staff an exhibit booth. Learn more at the YALSA Road Trip wiki.

Find out more news from the YALSA Office after the jump.

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More More More YA Lit Symposium – On the YALSA Wiki

The blogging on the Symposium doesn’t stop, and of course there are podcasts that are still to come.’  However, we wanted to let you know that Symposium PowerPoint presentations and handouts are available on the YALSA wiki.’  You can go to the wiki to find several presentations from speakers and panelists. If you presented at the Symposium you can link to your presentation on the wiki. (If you need the file uploaded you can contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stevie Kuenn).’  By the way, Gene Yang’s Powerpoint presentation from the preconference is only available for a few more days. You can download it from his blog post about the Symposium. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Tech Playground at Midwinter

With so many different things happening at Midwinter you are probably wondering which’ event is’ the social event of the conference.’  Indeed, YALSA’s Tech Playground (Friday, January 23 from 8-10 PM) is the one not to be missed!

Join YALSA for an evening of carnival-style fun.’  You’ll have the chance to sample fun technologies for teen library services while earning raffle tickets’ to win a’ Flip Video camera.’ ‘ From making your own ringtone to voting for America’s Next Top Booktalker via SMS,’ every’ activity will offer ideas for fun and interactive programs you can replicate in real life with little funds.’  (Go’ here for a full list of the fun.) Continue reading

YA Lit Symposium Odds & Ends

The first ever YA Literature Symposium has ended, but that doesn’t mean the blog postings on the programs and the people who attended won’t continue. Over the next few weeks we’ll post audio podcasts recorded by a few attendees at the Symposium. Also, as we collect PowerPoint and other files that speakers make available, we’ll make sure that you have access to them here. Continue reading

Job Well Done

A great deal of thanks and praise needs to go to YALSA and to the folks who ran the YA Lit Symposium. I have never seen so much food in my life. There was always something to munch on as we went from session to session. There were tons of free materials including books. And then there were the sessions.

My colleague and friend Rosemary Chance and I presented a session on censorship this morning that was packed to the rafters. Julie Anne Peters, Barry Lyga, and Coe Booth wowed those assembled with funny, touching, and sometimes frightening stories about books not being made available to those who need them the most. Continue reading