ALA and Wikis: An Update

As many of you know, many of ALA’s wikis (including YALSA’s) have been the victims of a malware attack. So, when you go to the any site that uses as its URL, you’ll get a red screen notifying you that this is an attack site.

ALA has removed the file causing the attack designation, so our sites are safe again, and is working with Google to remove the warning. We’re hoping this will be done very quickly. In the meantime, we have found out that the site is opening without any trouble in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. For updates, please check the YALSA Blog, the YALSA Twitter, the YALSA Facebook or YALSA’s electronic discussion lists, and please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at with any questions.

Juniors Helping Seniors

Waaaaay back when I started working at my library, my colleague Kate Sheehan and I talked about a program she had been meaning to try. We moved it to the back burner for many months, but this summer, we were able to get the planning process going, and the program began this fall.

We called it Juniors Helping Seniors, and here’s what it is: teens aged 13-18 tutor seniors (well, they don’t technically have to be senior citizens–they can really be adults of any age,’  but the name is cute) on how to use a computer. The program is really geared toward adults who have little to no experience using a computer–this program isn’t for people interested in getting help concatenating spreadsheets, but rather for people who aren’t great at using a mouse, or downloading attachments from their email, or searching for information using Google.

I totally recommend organizing a program like this in your library, simply because it’s been working very well for us so far. If you’re interested, here’s how we did it.

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YALSA Online Chat on Advocacy – Tomorrow Night!

YALSA’s monthly online chats continue tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern! Join us in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect to discuss advocacy for teen services, hosted by Beth Gallaway (chair of YALSA’s Advocacy Taskforce). Come ready to discuss the importance of advocating for teen services (particularly in difficult times), how you can be an advocate, and tools that YALSA offers to help you in your advocacy efforts.

To join us, visit YALSA’s area in ALA Connect. YALSA members should use their login for the ALA website. If you’ve lost your password, you can recover it through the ALA website. Once logged in, head to the YALSA area (it’s or you can navigate there within Connect by choosing “YALSA” from under “My ALA Groups”) and then click “Chats.” Starting at 8 p.m. Eastern, we’ll be there.

Can’t make it? Check the blog on Thursday afternoon to see the transcript.

D.C. Tips – George Washington

Are you planning to attend ALA’s Annual Conference in 2010? We hope so!

To encourage you to attend, over the next nine months, the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee will be blogging to highlight things to see and do in Washington D.C. Our nation’s capital has a lot to offer; we hope the information we share will entice you to come to the conference and excite you for a visit to DC! To tempt you to our nation’s capital, here is just a taste of the wonderful things to do in and around Washington, D.C!

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a different look at Banned Books

As Banned Books Week comes to a close, I am attending the IBBY Regional Conference in Chicago. Several years ago, I volunteered to serve as a liaison from YALSA to USBBY (The US Board on Books for Youth, the American division of IBBY, International Board on Books for Youth). Now, I serve as the NCTE liaison. Every 2 years, the US hosts an IBBY Regional Conference. For two days, we listen to presentations from educators, librarians, and leaders from other countries discuss the importance of books and reading. Continue reading

Wrestlemania posters

Don’t forget to check your mail! If you registered for the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge, you should receive your official Wrestlemania Reading Challenge poster, compliments of World Wrestling Entertainment, and smaller posters for you to give to teens who complete and turn in the reading log.
I made a PowerPoint for distribution to the local media specialists. It can be shown as a slide show or printed for display. Don’t forget to include the elementary schools since the program is for grades 5-12.
Countdown to Wrestlemania: 16 days!

YALSA President’s Report: September 2009

During the past month I have continued to work with YALSA’s Executive Director, Beth Yoke, the Executive Committee, and Board members on programs and services of the Association.


  • As a part of ALA’s strategic planning process Division Executive Directors and Presidents, Roundtable representatives, along with ALA Executive Board members and some ALA staff members participated in a strategic planning retreat. The planning was facilitated by Paul Meyer of the Tecker Consulting Group. During the retreat sessions participants discussed ALA’s mission, vision, and goals for the future. Over the next few months ideas developed at the retreat and at follow-up ALA meetings will be released for feedback to members and member groups.
  • Each fall members of ALA Division Executive Committees meet in Chicago to discuss plans for the coming year. Over the past few weeks I’ve worked with YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke on the agenda and support materials for meetings of YALSA’s Executive Committee. Continue reading