The YALSA Update: Wednesday’s chat, book trailer winners and more!

YALSA’s Next Chat in Meebo: YALSA’s monthly chat will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, March 3, 8-9 p.m. Eastern, on engaging the afterschool crowd. But instead of ALA Connect, we’ll be in Meebo. YALSA has a room set up for us at www.meebo.com, but the room will be closed until Monday Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. to ward off spammers. For instructions on how to log in and use Meebo during the chat, please check out this PowerPoint presentation prepared by Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education.

2010 Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer Contest: The winner is in! Congratulations to Emily Fitch of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for her trailer for The Everafter. Watch Emily’s trailer, and learn more about the contest on YALSA’s website.

Annual Early Bird Registration Ends Next Week: Early bird registration for ALA Annual Conference ends a week from today! Register by March 5 and save $25 over onsite registration fees. Registration is also open for YALSA’s preconferences (and remember, you don’t need to register for Annual to attend either preconference). Learn more about our preconferences and see what YALSA has planned for DC at http://tinyurl.com/yalsaac10.’  Remember, you don’t need to register for Annual to attend either of YALSA’s preconferences.

Apply for a Spectrum Scholarship: Along wtih all of ALA’s scholarships, applications to be a Spectrum Scholar are due on March 1. Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. Learn more and apply at the Spectrum homepage.

Ready for Teen Tech Week? Tell Us! Teen Tech Week starts in less than two weeks! Tell us what you have planned at your library at the YALSA Wiki. Looking for last-minute inspiration or publicity tools? Visit the Teen Tech Week 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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