Update to the Update: ALA has extended the deadline for Emerging Leader applications to Aug. 7.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Registration Ends Tomorrow July 31 - yes, Friday - is your last chance to register for the 2009-2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Why should you register? A teen or tween at your library could win a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix and you could win $2,000 for your library! But don't just take it from us; listen to perspectives from a winning librarian or read the reaction of teen winners on this blog.

Be a YALSA Emerging Leader YALSA will sponsor two Emerging Leaders for 2010. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Applications are due Aug. 7. Learn more at the Emerging Leaders wiki.

After the jump, learn more about YALSA's next round of online courses, find out how you can present at the 2010 YA Lit Symposium, and discover YALSA's Grants & Awards - we're giving away more than $35,000 in 2010.

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Next Wednesday, August 5, at 8pm Eastern, YALSA will sponsor an echat on the topic of risk. As blog readers may know, my YALSA presidential theme for 2009-2010 is Risky Business. This chat will give YALSA members a chance to talk about risk in libraries and how they make risk work for them in their careers and work with teens. It will also be a time for participants to ask questions about risk-taking and libraries. Connie Urquhart, Fresno County Public Library, and myself, Linda Braun, YALSA President will facilitate the discussion. Read More →

Jill Whitson, a YALSA member, speaks to Thiruchelvan Selvanayagam about what it's like to have your library sponsor a WrestleMania Reading Challenge finalist and encourage a reluctant teen to start reading. Jill's student designed a bookmark that earned him a spot in the WrestleMania Challenge finals. He didn't win, but he did get to attend WrestleMania XXV and Jill won $2,000 for her library's teen and tween collection.

The WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment, is a program designed to encourage teens' and tweens' to continue their reading beyond Teen Read Week; by doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE.

Want to register for the 2009-2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge? Sign up through Teen Read Week registration by this Friday and you could relive the experience Jill describes in this podcast.

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The YALSA Research Committee has completed an annotated bibliography entitled "Current Research Related to Young Adult Services, 2006-2009." The articles included in the bibliography are listed under seven subject headings: 1) information seeking behavior, 2) intellectual freedom, 3) the Internet and other electronic resources, 4) public library services to teens, 5) school library services to teens, 6) young adult literature and teen's reading, and 7) major non-LIS research studies related to teens.

The bibliography can be found at:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/research/09researchbibliography_rev.pdf

In this podcast, Michael Cart interviews Lizzie Skurnick author of the just released Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics we Never Stopped Reading. Lizzie is also the author of the blog Old Hag and is a columnist for Jezebel.

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The American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods and provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways,” said Vivian Pisano, Chair of OITP's America's Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee.

If you wish to submit a nomination, please complete and submit the form available at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/Cutting%20Edge/Nomination-Form.doc Read More →

Be an Emerging Leader! YALSA will again sponsor two Emerging Leaders as part of ALA's annual program.' The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Applications are due July 31. Learn more at the Emerging Leaders wiki.

Talk to Us About Risks YALSA will launch a monthly e-chat program on August 5, beginning with a chat in YALSA's ALA Connect space on taking smart risks with teen services. President Linda Braun and members of her task force will host the chat.' Join us in' YALSA's space in ALA Connect on August 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Mark your calendars for the September 2 e-chat on Teen Read Week.

WrestleMania Registration Ends Next Friday YALSA and WWE's WrestleMania Reading Challenge gives teens and tweens at your library the chance to win prizes, including a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix next March — and your library could win $2,000! But you have to sign up to be eligible and WrestleMania registration ends July 31. Sign up for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge when you register for Teen Read Week.

After the jump, find out more about YALSA's fall online courses and how you can be part of the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium.

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Yesterday the Pew Internet in American Life project released a report on wireless Internet use. When I first heard about the report I didn't think very broadly about what the data might have to say about the impact of access for teens (and for libraries for that matter). But, when I read several news reports that highlighted findings that wireless access, particularly on mobile devices, is serving to lessen the digital divide I started thinking about teens. While not everyone has what some might consider traditional internet access at home - a wired or wireless connection that is used with a laptop or desktop - that doesn't mean that the Internet isn't available in the home. People are accessing the Internet with laptops and desktops and they are using game consoles and handheld devices for their access.

If outside of the school teens use handheld devices and gaming consoles to access the Internet, we need to look at how our resources are provided to the age group. We need to make sure to provide access to programs and services in ways that work well for someone using an Internet enabled device. For example: Read More →