YALSA Updates: June Professional Development

YA Forum: Outreach to LGBTQ Teens

June is Pride month and YALSA is celebrating by discussing outreach to LGBTQ teens on our YA Forum. Are you looking for suggestions of books that reflect positive views of LGBTQ youth? Or are you looking for advice and suggestions on how to provide readers advisory to teens who may or may not be out? Or are you just looking for ways to support your LGBTQ teens in your library and community? Join us this month for an in-depth discussion of service to LGBTQ youth. The YA Forum is an online moderated discussion board for YALSA members, and is located in YALSA’s space on ALA Connect. The board opens on Monday June 6th at 10am EDT and closes on Friday June 10 at 3pm EDT. Franklin Escobedo will moderate this month’s discussion forum. Members can join the conversation by logging into ALA Connect and choosing “YALSA” under “My ALA Groups,” then selecting “Discussions” on the upper right.

YALSA Webinar: Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers

Whether your teen population is urban, suburban or rural, they’re talking about street lit. What is this genre and how can you incorporate it into your library? Join Megan Honig, author of Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit, for a conversation about street lit. Megan will discuss how to use street lit and why it is important to incorporate it into your library’s collection. Participants will also receive a list of street lit resources. This webinar occurs on June 16 at 2pm EDT. Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals or $195 for group registration (applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location). Visit www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars to register.

Questions? Please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s Program Officer for Continuing Education, at egaus@ala.org

About Eve Gaus

Eve Gaus is the program officer for continuing education at YALSA.

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