Professional Development with YALSA in August

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

August 2, Fall Course Registration Opens YALSA opens registration for its fall online courses on August 2! The fall session takes place October 4 to November 1, and we have two classes available: Growing, Managing and Defending the Young Adult Budget, taught by Monique Delatte, and Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services, taught by Amy Alessio. Both classes last four weeks and cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers. For details on both classes and to register (after August 2), visit

August 4, YALSA E-Chat In this month’s online chat, Eva Volin will lead a question-and-answer session about serving on a 2012 selection committee for YALSA. Interested in volunteering to be on one of YALSA’s booklist committees? Bring your questions to this session, which will be held in Meebo at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can access the August chat room with the password August4chat.

August 19, Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction Webinar Join host Angela Carstensen, 2010 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award chair on Thursday, August 19, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn how to collect and evaluate YA nonfiction, and see where the future of nonfiction is headed! Register today! Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Details on this webinar, and upcoming webinars, can be found at

The YALSA Update: Webinar Discount, WrestleMania, Great Ideas & More

Save $10 on next Thursday’s webinar If you register for YALSA’s Risky Business webinar by July 14, , taking place next Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern, you’ll save $10 over normal registration rates. That means the webinar is just $29 for individual YALSA members and $39 for all other individuals. Register today at

WrestleMania: We’ve made the Challenge shorter and simple. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge has changed this year to take place during just one week, making it simpler for you and your teens and tweens to particpate. Registering automatically enters you into a drawing for one of five sets of books from Penguin — and it gives teens and tweens at your library the chance to win tickets to WrestleMania and $2,000 for your library. It’s a surefire way to get new YA readers into your library. Don’t believe us? Then find out what happened at Bambi Mansfield’s library.’  Register today at

Win cold, hard cash from YALSA. Do you have an idea to make YALSA’s awards and booklists into household names, ensure young adult and school librarians have access to important research, help YALSA better advocate for quality library services for every teen in every library, develop continuing education or career services that librarians need or engage YALSA’s current membership and recruit new members? Of course you do. Well, YALSA will pay you $250 for that great idea (and YALSA committees are eligible to submit an idea, too). But you have to submit your idea to the Great Ideas contest by July 15.

New Books from YALSA Now available in the ALA Online Store: Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services to Teens by Linda Braun, Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart and Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens, edited by Linda B. Alexander and Nahyun Kwon. Order your copy today!

After the jump, find out how you can win FREE BOOKS simply by registering for Teen Read Week, be a 2011 YALSA Emerging Leader, and more!

Continue reading

YALSA July Chat Transcript

YALSA held its monthly online chat on July 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern, with member Courtney Young leading a lively discussion on job-hunting in the library world. You can download the partial chat transcript (PDF).

Join us next month on August 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern, when we’ll be discussing what it takes to be a YALSA committee chair.’  We will again be chatting in Meebo, with a room set up at Meebo with a password of August4chat.

Join YALSA for Professional Development this May

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

YALSA Summer Online Course Registration: Registration is now open 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 Courses cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers and will take place July 12 to August 9.

May 5, First Wednesdays with YALSA: YALSA’s First Wednesdays continue with an online chat this month at 8 p.m. Eastern, this time on encouraging reading by using Web 2.0 tools, hosted by Wendy Stephens. We will be using a private room in Meebo for the chat; the password to log in is available to YALSA members at this ALA Connect post. See you next Wednesday!

May 20, VIPs: Why You Need Them for Advocacy Webinar: Join Karen Keys for YALSA’s webinar discussion on VIPs: Why You Need Them for Advocacy. Karen will explore how librarians and library workers can help grow their library program by improving communication and developing professional relationships with local town councilors, school board members, Chamber of Commerce members, etc. These folks are the movers and shakers in your community and it’s important that you reach out to them regularly and educate them about the critical role libraries play in helping your community thrive.’ Cultivating relationships to help your library meet its mission is critically important in the current economic climate, so join YALSA for this important discussion! This webinar will take place Thursday, May 20, 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 by contacting Eve Gaus at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293. Learn more about our webinars at

Save the Date! June 17 Webinar on YA Classics: Sarah Debraski will lead this webinar on classic YA literature and how to highlight it at your library on Thursday, June 17 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 by contacting Eve Gaus at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293. Learn more about our webinars at

Mentoring Program Applications Open:YALSA’s new mentoring program will pair an experienced librarian (more than 6 years’ experience) with a new librarian (fewer than 6 ‘ years’ experience) or graduate student in a library science program. YALSA believes that we all have important skills and knowledge that we can share with one another and so this program encourages protégés to share their skills and know-how with their mentor. YALSA will accept applications through June 30. Learn more and apply at

The YALSA Update: TTW 2010, Annual in DC, and More

Ready for Teen Tech Week? Teen Tech Week starts this Sunday! 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. Have your teens help chose next year’s theme by taking the Teen Tech Week Survey.

Early Bird Ends Today! Today is the last day to get the Early Bird rate for Annual 2010 in Washington, D.C. 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 (there’s info after the jump, too) and see what YALSA has planned for DC at’  Remember, you don’t need to register for Annual to attend either of YALSA’s preconferences.

Process Volunteer Forms Due March 12 YALSA will begin appointing process committee, jury, task force, and advisory board members this spring! Be sure to fill out your Committee Volunteer Form by March 12 so that Kim Patton, YALSA’s president-elect, will know you’re interested. (Read Kim Patton’s post on the process to find out more about serving on YALSA’s committees).

After the jump, find out more about YALSA’s preconferences before ALA Annual, how to register for YALSA’s first webinar (it’s free!), and what’s on tap for the 2010 YA Literature Symposium

Continue reading

YALSA’s March Chat in Meebo

YALSA’s March online chat will take place in Meebo. We’ll still be chatting on March 3 from 8-9 p.m. Eastern on engaging the after school crowd, we’ll just be in Meebo rather than ALA Connect.

Keep an eye on the blog to get more information, including how to use Meebo and where our chat will be located, in the coming weeks.

YALSA’s Selected Lists: Now Available!

YALSA’s 2010 Selected Lists are now available online! To see the best recommended materials for teen reading, viewing, and listening, visit the following lists:

You can learn more about all of YALSA’s selected lists, as well as our literary awards, at

Thank you to all our hard-working committees for creating this year’s lists.

Happy reading!

The YALSA Update: Midwinter & More

Midwinter starts next week! Even if you’re not attending, there’s plenty for you to know as YALSA and ALA head to Boston.

Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer Contest: Teens at your library could win a box of books and a $100 gift certificate to a major bookseller; you could win $200 in books from YALSA! Encourage teens at your library to create book trailers featuring the finalists from the 2010 Morris Award or Nonfiction Award and upload them to YouTube by Jan. 17, tagged either “yalsamorris” or “yalsanf.” Read the official rules (PDF)’  to learn more.

Keep up with what’s going on YALSA will be blogging, podcasting, and Twittering from Midwinter. We’ll have liveblogs of a few events, including the BBYA Teen Session, the Youth Media Awards, and the Morris/Nonfiction presentation.’  We’ll also be covering important board decisions, like those about YALSA’s selected lists and virtual participation. Follow along on the blog or YALSA’s Twitter page. Coming to Midwinter? Join the conversation by tagging your blog posts, tweets, and Flickr photos with #yalsa and #alamw10 #mw2010 .

Watch the Youth Media Awards in the comfort of your library or home ALA will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards on Jan. 18, starting at 7:45 a.m. The number of available connections for the Webcast is limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by going to

If you’re going to Boston, see what we have planned after the jump, including the Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition institute, the Games, Gadgets, and Gurus social event, the Youth Media Awards announcement, and the Morris/Nonfiction Award Reception.

Continue reading

Start Your New Year with YALSA

YALSA’s First Wednesdays continue in 2010! Join us tomorrow for an online chat in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect (you must be a member to participate). The chat will take place at 8 p.m. Eastern, with the topic of “Start Your New Year with YALSA.” Hosted by President Linda Braun and President-Elect Kim Patton, participants will chat about the many ways you can get involved with our association, whether it’s participating online by joining an interest group in ALA Connect, proposing a program for Annual 2011, volunteering for a committee, or something else.

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.”

Can’t make it? The transcript will be posted on the YALSA Blog on Thursday.