YALSA Update: Research Agenda, Teen Space Guidelines, and More!

Join YALSA at Midwinter! YALSA’s coming to Dallas for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 20-24. We’re hosting a fab pre-Midwinter workshop on innovations in teen services, a trivia FUNdraiser, a poster session on teens in detention centers, a coffee with the candidates session, and more! Register now at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $170 for YALSA members. See everything YALSA has planned for Midwinter.

Teen Read Week Photo Contest: Teens ages 13-18 can enter YALSA’s Teen Read Week photo contest through Oct. 31! TRW 2011 Spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest, in which teens can make a visual representation of their favorite book and post it to Flickr. Contest details, including a tag and an entry form, are available at www.ala.org/teenread.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! We’ll be discussing steampunk during the first week of November. Mark your calendar and log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

New Research Agenda: Check out YALSA’s new research agenda, finalized this month by the board of directors.

We Need Your Feedback: YALSA has posted a draft of its national guidelines on teen spaces. Read more about the draft and how to submit your comments on the Teen Space Guidelines webpage.

Want more YALSA news? Follow YALSA on Facebook and Twitter.

Come to The Hub for 31 Days of Authors!

Teen Read Week is officially October 16 through 22, but at The Hub, YALSA is celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, The Hub will bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to its writers and readers.

Today’s entry salutes Edwards Award winner Terry Pratchett (and Stephen Briggs, who narrates many of his audiobooks); the series kicked off this weekend with Courtney Summers, Gordon Korman, and Cassandra Clare.

So bookmark http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/tag/31-days-of-authors and check in every day to see who we’re featuring and add your own reflections in the comments!

YALSA Update: Bundled Reg Ends, YA Forum & More!

Coming to Midwinter & Annual 2012? Bundled Reg Ends Oct. 2! If you’re planning to attend both ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2012, take advantage of the lowest pricing with bundled registration at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $333 for YALSA members, but hurry, as this pricing expires Oct. 2. See what YALSA has planned for Annual and Midwinter.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! Next week, we’re talking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)’  in ALA Connect for the monthly YA Forum. Join YALSA for a discussion of what STEM is, and how you can incorporate it into your library. We’ll share ideas on STEM programming and how to build collaborative STEM partnerships with other organizations. We’ll also look toward the future and talk about how librarians can easily implement STEM initiatives during Teen Tech Week. This discussion will be moderated by Shannon Peterson, Youth Services Librarian at Kitsap Regional Library. Log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

What Is That Thing? QR Codes Webinar: Find out how you can use QR Codes at your library in YALSA’s October webinar! Join Jennifer Velasquez on Oct. 21. Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for the group rate (applies to a’ group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location). Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Teen Read Week Photo Contest: Teens ages 13-18 can enter YALSA’s Teen Read Week photo contest! TRW 2011 Spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest, in which teens can make a visual representation of their favorite book and post it to Flickr through Oct. 31. Contest details, including a tag and an entry form, are available at www.ala.org/teenread.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

The YALSA Update: TRW Product Deadline, Strategic Plan Comments & Committee Volunteer Deadlines!

Last Day to Order TRW Products ALA Graphics & YALSA offer posters, bookmarks, downloads and more to promote Teen Read Week each year. The last day to order TRW products and receive them in time for TRW with standard shipping is Sept. 29. Check out this year’s products and order at www.alastore.ala.org/trw11.

We Need Your Strategic Plan Feedback YALSA’s Board of Directors is seeking member comments on the new strategic plan! Weigh in with your comments by Sept. 30.

Get the Scoop on the the Printz Want to know the Secrets of the Seal? Find out everything there is to know about the Michael L. Printz Award in YALSA’s fall online course taught by Brenna Shanks. This self-paced class begins Oct. 3. Details and registration are available at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

Volunteer for a 2012 Selection Committee! YALSA is accepting volunteer forms for 2013 Selection Committees through Sept. 30.

Coming to Midwinter & Annual 2012? Bundled Reg Ends Oct. 2! If you’re planning to attend both ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2012, take advantage of the lowest pricing with bundled registration at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $333 for YALSA members, but hurry, as this pricing expires Oct. 2. See what YALSA has planned for Annual and Midwinter.

Congrats to YALSA’s Board of Directors YALSA’s Board of Directors won the $10,000 Innovation Prize at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Congrats to Executive Director Beth Yoke and President-Elect Jack Martin on their winning presentation.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Want more YALSA news? Follow YALSA on Facebook and Twitter.

YALSA 2012 Election Slate

YALSA’s 2012 Nominating Committee has finalized the 2012 Election Slate. Elections will take place March 19 to April 27 as part of the annual ALA Election. To vote in the YALSA election, your membership must be current as of Jan. 31, 2012. Coming to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting? Bring your election questions to Coffee with the Candidates, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Sunday, Jan. 22. Election results will be announced May 4.

After the jump, see the full slate

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The YALSA Update: Submit Your Symposium Proposal!

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Social Media Policy Webinar: Whether you’re new to social media or consider using Facebook and Twitter to reach teens as old hat, a social media policy is key to your success! Join Linda Braun, past YALSA president and consultant for Libraries and Educators Online, and’  you’ll learn what a social media policy is, why it’s important to have one, what the policy should include, how the policy can help you support teens, and how you can use the policy as an advocacy tool. Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for the group rate (applies to a’ group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location). Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! Next week, we’re talking Banned Books Week in ALA Connect with Krista King and Carrie Gardner, co-convenors of YALSA’s Intellectual Freedom Interest Group. Join the discussion on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. EDT and ending Friday at 3 p.m. EDT.’  Log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

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YALSA Update: New JRLYA Issue, Teens’ Top Ten Voting & More

New Issue of JRLYA: The summer issue of YALSA’s Journal of Research on Literacy and Young Adults posted this week! Check it out and read posters from the YALSA Research Committee’s session at ALA Annual Conference 2011 and Elizabeth Koehler’s article, “The Silent Message: Professional Journals’ Failure to Address LGBTQ Issues.” Read more at the JRLYA website, http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Want to contribute to JRLYA? Contact Editor Sandra Hughes-Hassell at yalsaresearch@gmail.com

TeensTop TenEncourage Your Teens to Vote in the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten voting is open online at www.ala.org/teenstopten! Want to encourage teens to vote? Embed the code between the brackets on your website, which includes the new Teens’ Top Ten logo:

[<a title=”Vote for Your Favorite Books in the Teens’ Top Ten!” href=”http://www.ala.org/teenstopten”><img alt=”Teens’ Top Ten” src=”http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/TeensTopTen_logo_web.gif”></a>]

Voting ends Sept. 15!

Read on to find out how to register for Teen Read Weekâ„¢ and enter your teens in the Teen Read Week photo contest, sign up for fall webinars on social media and QR codes and order new books and other products from YALSA!

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Teens’ Top Ten Voting Now Open!

The big day is here! Your teens have been reading the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten nominations since April, and now they can tell us which books are their favorites. Voting for the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten opened today and is available through Sept. 15′  — and we’ve made it even easier for your teens to vote by embedding the TTT survey right on the Teens’ Top Ten homepage at www.ala.org/teenstopten! (If you still want to use a separate link, that’s available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/teenstopten11.)

We’ll announce the winners at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22.

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Help Teens Turn Social Media into Information Literacy in YALSA’s Webinar This Thursday

Social media has altered the information landscape by expanding the flow of information from books, newspapers and journals to instant reports from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. How can librarians help teens navigate these information streams and learn to separate the wheat from the chaff? Join YALSA for “From 140 Characters to 10 Pages: Teens, Social Media and Information Literacy.” This webinar will be presented by Laura Pearle on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.’ EDT.

Pearle will discuss how school and public librarians can help their teens use social media for research projects. She’ll explore ways to help teens locate appropriate material in social media streams as well as determine the validity of the source material. Participants will learn how to create research-focused Twitter hashtag lists for students and how to assist students in citing information from social media sources.’ She will also discuss how librarians can help teens become good digital citizens when contributing to social media’ streams.

Registration is now open at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars. Webinars cost $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for groups (all participants watch in the same location).’  Questions can be sent to Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.’ 5293.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Registration Now Open!

The 2011-2012 WrestleMania Reading Challenge has reopened for another year! Registration is now open at www.ala.org/wrestlemania. Librarians and educators must register by July 31, 2011. In late August, they’ll receive the number of posters they requested to begin promoting the program at their libraries and schools.

Participation by youth is open to legal residents of all 50 United States and the District of Columbia, as well as legal residents of Canada excluding Quebec. Participants must be in grades 5-12.

Youth who wish to compete for tickets and a trip to WrestleMania 28 in Miami, Florida, will complete and submit a special project during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22, 2011.

Twenty-one finalists will be chosen in January 2012 and will win transportation, hotel, tickets and spending money to attend WrestleMania 28 in Miami. Their sponsoring library will win $2,000. Finalists will compete in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Championships, where they can win ringside tickets to WrestleMania 28 and other prizes.

Register today at www.ala.org/wrestlemania!