UPDATE, 6/2/10: Beyond Booklists is cancelled for the summer session.

YALSA is pleased to offer the following professional development opportunities in July. If you have questions about YALSA's professional development, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

July 6, YALSA Summer Online Course Registration Ends: Registration closes on July 6 (next week Tuesday!)'  for YALSA's summer online courses! In Beyond Booklists: Serving Diverse Today's Diverse Teens, instructor Jennifer Velasquez will guide participants in serving today's diverse generation, including ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for today's diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. Participants will also gain skills in addressing issues such as language barriers, cultural differences, and institutional support. In Power Up with Print, instructor Jamie Watson will show participants how to boost the library's circulation' through the development of teen-centered programs,' material evaluation and selection, booktalks and more, as well as discuss the latest trends in YA lit. Course registration now open at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses. Courses cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers and will take place July 12 to August 9.

July 7, First Wednesdays with YALSA: YALSA's First Wednesdays continue with an online chat this month at 8 p.m. Eastern. This month's topic: finding a job, hosted by Courtney Young. We will again be in Meebo and our room is http://www.meebo.com/room/yalsa_july7chat/. Password is yalsajuly7.

July 15, Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risk Webinar Join Linda Braun, immediate past president of YALSA, as she discusses how to effectively take and manage risk in YA services during YALSA's July webinar. Participants will learn how to determine when a risk is a risk worth taking and how capable their library is of risk. This webinar will take place Thursday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register today! Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Save the Date for Upcoming Webinars: YALSA has scheduled its next two webinars. Join us August 19 for Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction, hosted by Angela Carstensen; and September 16 for Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, hosted by Jen Hubert Swan. Learn more about YALSA webinars at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars

Want to hear what teens have to say about the nominated titles for our very first Best Fiction for Young Adults list? Check out the live blog! As we did at Midwinter in Boston, we'll be streaming live video of the teens, pulling tweets, and giving real-time coverage of all the action. The session will open at 1:30 EST and close shortly after the feedback session ends at 3:30. If you can't join us in real time, you can also watch a replay of the live blog.

There are several ways you can participate. If you'd like to log in through Facebook or Twitter, your comments will be published using your profile photo. If you'd like us to publish your tweets without logging in, you can leave your Twitter username in the comments here (warning: all your tweets will be published while the live blog is running!) or just use the hashtags #yalsa and/or #bfya when you tweet. You can also join the live blog by clicking on the viewer window that will be posted here.

The (virtual) 2010 YALSA President's Program is now live.

By now you may have already heard about our fabulous panel...but just in case, here's a quick description:

  • Media MashUp is a tech-based program that Jennifer Nelson created at the Hennepin County Library. Hear from librarians throughout the country involved in the program -- about the risks they took and the lessons they learned.
  • FIERCE, NYC is a member-led organization serving GLBTQ youth of color in New York City. FIERCE members and staff talk about the risks they take, the skills they've gained, and the victories they've had as a result.
  • Dr. Peter Benson of the Search Institute speaks about the new research they've done on youths who thrive -- teens who have identified their “spark.” As librarians, we have a role in helping teens identify their spark -- their passion. Fortunately, the Search Institute also gave us some tools we can use. Their Risk Tool Kit is a must-have!

We hope you'll check it out -- and respond! Comments are open on the various Panelists' pages, so please dive in and share your thoughts. We'd love to hear your reactions, about the risks you're taking, and the innovations you're bringing to the library world!

Librarians know more than anyone how important it is right now for our profession and our advocates to speak up for libraries — to rally our communities behind our libraries and to encourage our elected officials to support funding and policies for libraries. Next Tuesday, June 29, the ALA Washington Office is sponsoring Library Advocacy Day on the Hill, beginning with a rally at 11 a.m. Eastern to which the public — and you — are invited.

If you're attending ALA Annual Conference or live near DC: Join YALSA at the rally, wear read, and bring your teens and any other library advocates you k now! We would love to have your support. The more people we can bring to Library Advocacy Day, the more impact we have on legislators, letting them know that librarians are a force to be reckoned with.'  For more information on the rally, see the Library Advocacy Day website at www.ala.org/lad and YALSA's information on participating in the rally.

Unable to attend: Of course, not everyone can make it to the rally in DC on Tuesday. But that doesn't mean you can't be part of Library Advocacy Day! We're also hosting Virtual Library Advocacy Day.'  Show your support for libraries the week of June 28-July 2 by participating in Virtual Library Advocacy Week. A simple phone call or e-mail is all it takes.'  To send an e-mail, go to Capwiz and click on the issue you are interested in.'  The website will take you to a sample form letter.'  Customize it with stories on what your local library is doing to help people look for jobs or gain digital literacy skills as well as other programs. These examples truly matter to your elected officials. Looking for more tools for advocacy? See YALSA's Advocacy Wiki and our District Days page. Learn more about how to participate in Virtual Library Advocacy Day!

In both cases, feel free to post to Twitter about what you've done and use the hashtag #LAD2010.

Thank you for all you do for teens and libraries in your community. Your voice, along with over a thousand advocates rallying on Capitol Hill on the 29th, will raise awareness about the important work that libraries and librarians do on a daily basis to help kids learn to read, help people find jobs, and so much more.

A few months ago I wrote about the Technology for Young Adults Committee transitioning to the Teens & Technology Interest Group.'  One of our final actions as a committee has been to prepare an awesome session about booktrailers and video for Annual. We hope you'll join us for a session that will feature best practices for creating and promoting booktrailers and video to highlight collections, programs, and services for teens.'  The rockstar panelists include:

Simone Elkeles, author of Rules of Attraction and Perfect Chemistry, will participate.'  Her website features several of her trailers.

Buffy Hamilton, aka The Unquiet Librarian, is a media specialist/teacher-librarian at Creekview High School'  (GA). She will talk about transliteracy and using video with teens. Be sure to check out her shoes at the panel, as she promised via Twitter to showcase "how you can wear hot and cute shoes that are comfy."

Joy Millam, District Library Coordinator/Teacher Librarian at Valencia High School (CA), has been doing book trailers with teens for more than two years.'  Her wiki, Book Talks and More,'  has details on how to get started, including a presentation on Booktrailer Basics.

Sonia Nash, Online Producer for Random House Children's Books, will round out the session by speaking about booktrailers from a publisher perspective.

Staci Terrell, Teen Services Librarian at Anderson Public Library (IN), will share how she created a booktrailer how-to program for teens called Techie Tuesdays.

Jennifer Wooten, Teen Services Librarian Kings County Library System (WA), will discuss video. Last summer, Wooten wrote an article for School Library Journal:'  Flipped!: Want to get teens excited about summer reading? Just add video.

Finally, Sarah Ludwig, Head of Teen and Technology Services at Darien Library (CT), will moderate this talent-packed panel.

Lights! Camera! Booktrailers!
Saturday, June 26, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center'  147A

We'll also be meeting as a group during the YALSA All-Committee session on Saturday morning, 10:30am-12 (WCC 207A/B). Come check out the Teens & Technology Interest Group, as well as many other committees and groups. It's a great way to get involved and meet people, as well as share ideas.

Heading to ALA Annual in DC? Take time to celebrate the best in children's & YA audiobooks at the Odyssey Award Celebration on Monday, June 28th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, in the Washington Convention Center room 145B. This event is FREE with no ticket required. You'll receive a goodie bag that contains a CD with clips of the winner & honor titles. Plus, there are wonderful FREE refreshments provided by the Audio Publishers Association so that you may mingle with the narrators after the presentation. And there's plenty of time between the Odyssey Presentation and the Printz to grab dinner. So make Monday your day to celebrate with YALSA!'  *Please note that the date of the Odyssey Award Celebration had been incorrectly listed on a past ALA communication*

Here's the official scoop:

Celebrate the spoken word at the 2010 Odyssey Award Presentation, featuring the 2010 Odyssey winner, Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, written by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, and produced by Live Oak Media.'  Three honor titles will also be recognized for their excellence in audiobook production for children and young adults.' '  A reception sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association with light refreshments will follow the award presentations and program featuring narrators Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and Barbara Rosenblat.

Even if you aren't going to be in D.C. for Annual Conference you can participate in some of YALSA's Conference activities. Here's How:

  • Twitter will be a way in which many YALSA members and those attending teen related programs will keep others posted about Conference events and programs. Follow attendee Tweets by keeping track of the hashtags #ala10 and #yalsa during Conference.
  • Over the past year YALSA added liveblogging to the Association's virtual conference opportunities. This Annual there will once again be liveblogging of a variety of programs and events. Read More →

For a limited time only at the ALA Online Store, if you buy a copy of YALSA's Cool Teen Programs for under $100, edited by Jenine Lillian, or Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th edition, edited by Amy Alessio, you'll receive a free copy of Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 4th edition, edited by Renee Vaillancourt McGrath.

All three books offer the examples of high-quality programming, submitted by YALSA members and YA librarians and public and school libraries across the country. Both editions of Excellence were sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and honored the best 25 programs for teens across the country. Cool Teen Programs highlights high-quality programs for libraries that cost less than $100, with tips for adjusting the programs to your budget needs (categories include no money, some money, and lots of money). Cool Teen Programs also includes helpful chapters on budgeting and marketing for youth librarians.

This offer is only available at the ALA Online Store (you won't be able to take advantage of it at the ALA Store in DC), so be sure to order your copy of Excellence 5 or Cool Teen Programs today!