The YALSA Update: Member Drive, ALA/YALSA Elections & More

Happy Teen Tech Week! We hope you’re having a great Teen Tech Week at your library! Tell us what you’re doing over at the YALSA Teen Tech Week Wiki.

Member Drive Ends March 23 Recruit a new member to YALSA and you could both win a Flip Video camera! Ask your colleagues and friends to join YALSA, list you as the person who referred them on this special membership application form, and you’ll both be entered in a drawing to win a Flip Video Ultra. Applications must be received by March 23. Details are available at www.ala.org/drive2009.

After the jump, details on the YALSA/ALA Election, YALSA’s preconferences, YALSA’s advocacy tools, the Great Ideas contest and more!

Vote ALA Starting Tuesday The ALA Election (including candidates for president and councilor-at-large [PDF]) begins Tuesday, March 17. All current ALA members will receive their ballots via email starting March 17 (if you haven’t received your ballot by March 20, contact membership@ala.org). YALSA members’ ballots will include information on voting in the YALSA Slate. See YALSA’s official slate, including the candidates for president-elect, board of directors, YALSA councillor and for awards committees.

Coming to Chicago? Come to our preconferences! YALSA is offering two dynamite preconferences in Chicago on July 10. Our full-day preconference, Genre Galaxy: Explore the Universe of Teen Reading, offers young adult authors (including Cecil Castellucci, Holly Black, Dom Testa and David Lubar) and other experts giving their insights on connecting teens and books. Our half-day preconference, Moving Up the YA Career Ladder, will give both new and seasoned librarians professional tools that they need to further their careers. You don’t need to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend either of YALSA’s preconferences. Register today!

Advocate for Teens @ your library! Did you know YALSA offers multiple tools for advocacy that you can put into action today? Download Speaking Up for Library Services to Teens (PDF), a guide to advocacy, and make an action plan for your library using our YA Advocacy Action Plan Workbook (PDF). Be sure to check out Add It Up, a website created by YALSA, AASL and ALSC offering research and statistics on the importance of serving youth in libraries.

Have a Great Idea? Tell YALSA! Brainstorm creative ways to achieve goals in YALSA’s Strategic Plan (PDF), and you can win books and YALSA swag. Enter the Great Ideas contest! Download the guidelines and entry form (PDF) to learn more. Entries due by May 1.

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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