The YALSA Update: Member Drive, Great Ideas, Teen Tech Week & More

Flip for New Members Now through March 23, YALSA is having a membership drive! Every time you recruit a new member between Jan. 23 and March 23, you’ll both be entered in a drawing to win a Flip Ultra camcorder. Increase your chances to win each time you recruit a new YALSA member. See the details and download the special recruitment form at www.ala.org/drive2009!

Have a Great Idea? Tell YALSA and Win Prizes! YALSA announced the Great Ideas conference at Midwinter Meeting. Help YALSA achieve the goals listed in YALSA’s new strategic plan (PDF), and you could win a box of books and YALSA swag, have their idea and photo published in an issue of Young Adult Library Services and get to see their idea implemented by YALSA. The contest is open to all individual YALSA members as well as all YALSA committees, juries, task forces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards. There will be a first-place winner for an individual member and a first-place winner for a member group. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.ala.org/yalsa and must be sent to yalsa@ala.org by May 1. Winners will be announced the week of July 13.

Awards & Selected Lists Now Available Annotations are now online for all of our 2009 Book & Media Awards and the selected lists. Check them out at the YALSA Book Awards & Booklists page.

Member Awards Congratulations are in order for Lexie Robinson and Wini Ashooh, who won the 2009 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant! Each receives $1,000 for collection development at their libraries. Kudos also go to Laurie Amster-Burton and Kate Toebbe, who won the Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grant, and will receive $1,000 to attend ALA Annual Conference in Chicago for the first time. More member awards will be announced next week so stay tuned!

Teen Read Week Contest Winners Announced YALSA, Mirrorstone and AdLit.org announced the 2009 Best Teen Read Week celebration contest winners: Jennifer Velasquez and Loretta Medellin for the Zombie Prom at the San Antonio Public Library and Kim Dillon and Barbara Samojedny for Books with Bite Week’ and ChopperFest at Washougal (Wash.) High School Library. Details on their winning programs, and info on the five honorable mentions, are available at the Teen Read Week website.

Teen Tech Week Registration Ends Tell YALSA you support teens and technology by registering for Teen Tech Week 2009! Press Play @ your library March 8-14 and celebrate all of the nonprint resources available for teens. Registration ends Feb. 9 (that’s Monday — just four days away). There are lots of reasons to register — read just a few of them in Kelly Laszczak’s Teen Tech Week post from earlier this week.

Early Birds: Annual Registration Now Open!
Join us in Chicago for the ALA Annual Conference! YALSA has amazing things planned: the Genre Galaxy and Moving Up the Career Ladder preconferences, What to Wear (our happy hour and fashion show), tons of great programs and, of course, special events to honor all of our award winners. Register, buy event tickets, and secure your housing at the ALA Annual Conference 2009 website.

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

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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