Win Prizes by Entering YALSA’s Great Idea Contest

You’re invited to step outside the box, get creative,’  and share your GREAT IDEAS with YALSA.’  YALSA is tapping into the collective brain to come up with some great new ideas to help keep the organization fresh and in sync with the goals outlined in the recently updated Strategic Plan.’  Here’s what to do:’  Align one of your great ideas for YALSA with the 5 Goals in YALSA’s Strategic Plan– 1) Advocacy ‘ 2)Marketing’  3) Research’  4) Continuous Learning’  5) Member Recruitment and Engagement.’ 

Submit the YALSA Great Ideas Contest Application‘ along with a 1-2 page proposal as a single email attachment to‘ by May 1st 2009. ‘ Be sure to include: 1)’  A description of your idea, including the goals, objectives and how it can best be implemented’  2) Statement regarding how this idea helps advance a particular goal or strategy’  3) Expenses- please list any potential expenses and estimate the total cost’  4) Overall impact on membership (what are the results expected from the idea and who is affected).

Who can apply for the YALSA Great Ideas Contest?’  All current YALSA members and official members of groups including committees juries, taskforces, 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 announced the week of July 19, 2009.’  ‘ If your idea is selected you’ll receive a box of books and YALSA swag, and have your idea and photo published in YALS.’ 

Need some examples to get your ideas flowing?’  Here are two current YALSA programs that match up well with the Strategic Plan– The YALSA Road Trip‘ is a great idea that ties in perfectly with the Member Recruitment and Engagement goal.’ ‘ ‘  Another great idea that puts a fun twist on the goal of Continuous Learning by giving members tips on how to dress for success as they climb the career ladder is the YALSA Happy Hour and Fashion Show at ALA Annual 2009‘ with Steven Rosengard of Project Runway season 4.

Questions?’  Contact Sheila Schofer, Strategic Planning Committee Chair at

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Sheila Schofer

Coordinator of Young Adult Services at Brooklyn Public Library; Chair of YALSA Strategic Planning Committee