Do you have a Great Idea about recruiting and maintaining YALSA members? If you enter the Great Ideas Contest you could win $250 in cash! We want current and potential members to be engaged in the work and the fun of being involved in the great work YALSA does. We are always looking for ideas to promote membership and to market YALSA to those in the profession. So get those creative ideas swirling aound in your brain and apply for the Great Ideas Contest! There will be' 1 winner for an individual member entry.'  Talk with your staff and friends or a current committee on which you serve and come up with a winning idea.
The contest rules and scope may be found at: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/greatideas.
Enter today and perhaps you will be the winner of $250!

In February we are posting interviews with each of the 2012 Candidates for YALSA Award Committees. This week we are focusing on Michael L. Printz Award Committee. ' Each day this week we'll post an interview with one of the candidates for that committee. We are posting alphabetically by candidate's last names.

The YALSA Nominating Committee for 2012 has been working hard to select candidates for this year's election.'  The Printz Committee is charged with selecting from the previous year's publications the best young adult book ("best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit) and, if the Committee so decides, as many as four Honor Books. The Committee will also have the opportunity for input into the oversight and planning of the Printz Awards Program. Committee size: 9, four to be elected, plus a consultant from the staff of Booklist, and an administrative assistant if requested.

This is your chance to get to know this year's candidates that have been nominated to serve on the Printz Committee.'  Polls are open from March 19 to April 27.

Today we have an interview with Patti Tjomsland. Read More →

In February we are posting interviews with each of the 2012 Candidates for YALSA Award Committees. This week we are focusing on Michael L. Printz Award Committee. ' Each day this week we'll post an interview with one of the candidates for that committee. We are posting alphabetically by candidate's last names.

The YALSA Nominating Committee for 2012 has been working hard to select candidates for this year's election.'  The Printz Committee is charged with selecting from the previous year's publications the best young adult book ("best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit) and, if the Committee so decides, as many as four Honor Books. The Committee will also have the opportunity for input into the oversight and planning of the Printz Awards Program. Committee size: 9, four to be elected, plus a consultant from the staff of Booklist, and an administrative assistant if requested.

This is your chance to get to know this year's candidates that have been nominated to serve on the Printz Award Committee.'  Polls are open from March 19 to April 27.

Today we have an interview with Rachel McDonald. Read More →

In February we are posting interviews with each of the 2012 Candidates for YALSA Award Committees. This week we are focusing on Michael L. Printz Award Committee. ' Each day this week we'll post an interview with one of the candidates for that committee. We are posting alphabetically by candidate's last names.

The YALSA Nominating Committee for 2012 has been working hard to select candidates for this year's election.'  The Printz Committee is charged with selecting from the previous year's publications the best young adult book ("best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit) and, if the Committee so decides, as many as four Honor Books. The Committee will also have the opportunity for input into the oversight and planning of the Printz Awards Program. Committee size: 9, four to be elected, plus a consultant from the staff of Booklist, and an administrative assistant if requested.

This is your chance to get to know this year's candidates that have been nominated to serve on the Printz Committee.'  Polls are open from March 19 to April 27.

Today we have an interview with Gregory Lum. Read More →

In February we are posting interviews with each of the 2012 Candidates for YALSA Award Committees. This week we are focusing on Michael L. Printz Award Committee. ' Each day this week we'll post an interview with one of the candidates for that committee. We are posting alphabetically by candidate's last names.

The YALSA Nominating Committee for 2012 has been working hard to select candidates for this year's election.'  The Printz Committee is charged with selecting from the previous year's publications the best young adult book ("best" being defined solely in terms of literary merit) and, if the Committee so decides, as many as four Honor Books. The Committee will also have the opportunity for input into the oversight and planning of the Printz Awards Program. Committee size: 9, four to be elected, plus a consultant from the staff of Booklist, and an administrative assistant if requested.

This is your chance to get to know this year's candidates that have been nominated to serve on the Printz Award Committee.'  Polls are open from March 19 to April 27.

Today we have an interview with Emily Dagg. Read More →

The goal of the LIS Road Trip is to contact LIS students throughout the US and inspire them to become a professional librarian who works with teens! We hope that Student Chapters will sponsor an event at their library school to help students network, learn more about YALSA and even meet local YALSA members to find out what life as a teen services librarian is really like! Students or faculty are encouraged to host events or activities to raise awareness about YALSA and to connect with one another.

YALSA has a toolkit to help students do this and it can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/YALSAguides. We have over 1,200 student members in YALSA and would love to recruit more! At $53 per year it is a bargain to join and you have access to a wealth of information and to other teen librarians. Please consider hosting a Road Trip event and joining YALSA today!

If you're a student interested in hosting a Road Trip activity, please fill out our Road Trip registration at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YALSAtrip

Jerene Battisti, LIS Road Trip Task Force Chair

What is the YALSA Strategic Plan?

It is your plan as a member of YALSA and we need your vision to make the plan vital and relevant! ' Part of what YALSA membership offers you is the opportunity for continuous learning and professional development. ' YALSA offers a wide array of ways that you can be engaged as a member and continue your education in the field. ' YALSA offers online courses, webinars(the current one is about Job Hunting!), a YALSA Mentoring Program for newer members, a Professional Development section, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults and an opportunity to participate in First Wednesdays where you can network and exchange ideas with your local YALSA members. ' All of these resources are found on the YALSA web page and all support the Strategic Plan.

The plan is a living working document that is only as good as the input we receive from you as members. ' Please take a moment to take the survey about what you want to happen in the next years with YALSA. ' The survey will be up until March 31st and we would love to hear your ideas! ' Envision the future, dream big and share your ideas with us! ' We need to hear from you!

Everyone wants to go on a road trip!'  Here is your chance to join YALSA's LIS (Library and Information School) Road Trip!

Launching in 2011 this road trip will focus on the LIS's around the country.'  We want students and professors to host an event, a program or happy hour on each of the ALA accredited schools to help faculty and students be aware of what YALSA does.'  We will contact the ALA Student Chapters as well to engage them in our road trip!'  Look for future announcements on the blog and on a newly created wiki space.'  The LIS Road Trip Task Force is looking for volunteers to promote YALSA and the values of membership to our future librarians!'  The Task Force will be creating promotional materials, how to sign up and how to market your event.'  Please contact Jerene Battisti, chair, if you have ideas or questions at jdbattisti@kcls.org.