Urgent Action Needed on 2 Amendments in the House

This week, the House of Representatives will consider two amendments to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution that are critical to libraries – one that would eliminate all Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and another that would halt all funding for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders seeking libraries and bookstore records of U.S. citizens.

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New issue of YALSA’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

The Winter 2011 issue of YALSA’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is now available at http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Articles in this issue include:

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is published four times a year by the Young Adult Library Services Association in November, February, May, and August. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services.

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the informational and developmental needs of young adults; the management, implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults; and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young adults. The journal also includes literary and cultural analysis of classic and contemporary writing for young adults.

To submit an article, please read our author guidelines and contact the editor at yalsaresearch@gmail.com.

YALSA Update: TTW Registration, New YALSA White Paper & More

Last Chance! Teen Tech Week registration ends Monday! Register now at www.ala.org/teentechweek. When you register, you’ll be able to download a free webinar from YALSA (it’s on the same page as the logo.) After you register, check out the resources on the site, including programming ideas and publicity tools. Get ready to Mix & Mash @ your library, March 6-12!

New YALSA White Paper YALSA’s Board of Directors recently approved a new white paper: The Importance of a Whole Library Approach to Public Library Young Adult Services: A YALSA Issue Paper. Check it out!

Registration now open for YALSA’s Annual Precons! Registration is now open for YALSA’s two half-day Annual Preconferences: Give Them What They Want: Reaching Reluctant YA Readers (featuring YA authors Walter Dean Myers, Chris Grabenstein and Julie Halpern) and The Nuts & Bolts of Serving Teens: Practical Tips for the Library Generalist or New YA Librarian. Both preconferences take place 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. on June 24 and cost $129. Learn more at the YALSA Wiki and register online at www.alaannual.org. You do not have to register for ALA Annual Conference to attend either session.

Promote The Best of the Best @ your library Promote YALSA’s Top Ten books for 2011 and all our award winners with amazing tools at www.ala.org/yalsa/best ! Download customizable bookmarks, logos and more, celebrating the best in teen reading this year.

Upcoming Webinars Learn about the latest trends in teen services! YALSA’s upcoming webinars include Homework Help Programs (Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Eastern) and the YA Librarian of Many Hats (March 17, 2 p.m. Eastern). Learn more.

After the jump, find out how you can edit one of YALSA’s journals, apply to host a research poster session at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, or apply for a $1,000 Dollar General summer reading grant!

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US Department of Education Call for Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education is currently seeking peer reviewers for the 2011 Improving Literacy Through School Libraries grant program. The Department has set February 4, 2011 as the deadline for receiving resumes of potential reviewers.’  The announcement is available here:

The DOE is interested in broadening their pool of reviewers to include individuals with experience in tying new media to effective instruction. For questions, please contact:

David Moore Miller

Education Program Specialist
US Department of Education
202-453-5621
David.miller@ed.gov

Broadcast News: Today & the YMAs

Yesterday, many a fan of children’s and young adult literature tuned into Today, expecting to see a segment on ALA’s recently announced Youth Media Awards, featuring the authors of the Newbery and Caldecott, as well as a representative from ALA to discuss the awards. This year, along with the authors, YALSA’s own Sarah Debraski was pitched to lead viewers through a new year of outstanding books for children and teens, just as many ALA leaders have for the past eleven years.

Unfortunately, this year, Today turned ALA’s pitch down, citing a lack of interest and scheduling problems.

It’s a unfortunate that the YMAs weren’t able to make the cut this year, but we do appreciate the many years that Today chose to feature the awards.

UPDATE: Mark Gould, director of ALA’s Public Information Office, offered this statement:

“The American Library Association did reach out to the Today Show, and’ multiple conversations took place between’ show’ producers and Pro-Media Communications, ALA’s media relations firm,” said Mark Gould, director, ALA Public Information Office. “Unfortunately we were turned down.

“The ALA Youth Media Awards have had a spot on the Today Show for more than a decade, and while not being on this year was’ a disappointment for ALA members and book lovers across the country, we hope’ the Today Show’ can find room for us in the future.”

The YALSA Update: Back for the New Year

The YALSA Update is back after a brief hiatus! Please check in every Friday to find the latest news from YALSA.

At Midwinter? Are you joining YALSA and ALA in San Diego this weekend? Be sure to drop by the Old Spaghetti Factory, 275 Fifth Avenue, tonight at 5 for the YALSA Happy Hour. Then, head over to the convention center at 8 p.m. for the Not-So-Silent Auction, with plenty of great prizes (Skype author visits! Handmade jewelry! Treats! And, of course, books!) available and all proceeds benefiting the Friends of YALSA. And, that’s just what’s happening today. Check out our complete listing of events at the YALSA Midwinter Wiki.

Follow the Youth Media Awards ALA will announce its book and media awards on Monday at the Youth Media Awards, 7:45 a.m. PST, including YALSA’s awards! If you’re there, watch them live in Ballroom A-D in the Convention Center. You can also follow along with a liveblog right here at the YALSA Blog, at the Youth Media Awards Twitter, or by tuning into the live webcast (limited seats available; first come, first serve starting at 7:30 a.m. PST). If you’re tweeting about the awards, use hashtag #alayma.

Up Your Tech Knowledge with YALSA’s Online Learning Resolve to learn more this new year!’  Brush up your technical know-how with YALSA’s January 20th webinar, Tech 4U: Technology Programs for Every User.’  Looking for an in-depth look at teens and technology? Join us for our newly revised online class, Connect, Create, Collaborate: Supporting Teen Needs with Technology, which begins February 7. Register today!

After the jump, find out how you can edit one of YALSA’s journals, apply to host a research poster session or table talk at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, or apply for a $1,000 Dollar General summer reading grant!

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Join YALSA President Kim Patton for a chat tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern

YALSA President Kim Patton will be discussing her presidential theme, Think Big, tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern! Join us at Adobe Connect.

To participate in the chat, click this Adobe Connect link and you will be asked to enter as a guest, by entering your name. Once you do so, you’ll be taken into the chat room.

See you tomorrow, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern,’  in Adobe Connect!

YALSA Server Outage Tomorrow

YALSA will be undergoing a server upgrade tomorrow, which will affect its blog (http://yalsa.ala.org/blog), the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya), its forms (http://yalsa.ala.org/forms) from 3-7 p.m. Central time. During that period, you will not be able to access those resources, or any YALSA resources on the web that begin with http://yalsa.ala.org.

The server upgrade should eliminate the periodic outages that these resources have had in the past month and will improve our server performance. The outage should not affect any data on the server, and most likely nothing will change once access is restored at 7 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Please contact me directly at skuenn@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128, with any questions.

JRLYA Call for Papers – Spring 2010

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, the official research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA),’ is an online open-access, peer-reviewed journal launched in November 2010.’  The purpose of Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults presents high quality original research concerning the informational and developmental needs of young adults; the management, implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults; and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young adults. The journal also includes literary and cultural analyses of classic and contemporary writing for young adults.

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults invites manuscripts based on original qualitative, quantitative, synthetic, or mixed method research; an innovative conceptual framework; or a substantial literature review that opens new areas of inquiry and investigation.’  Case studies and works of literary analysis are also welcome. The journal’s editorial board recognizes the contributions that other disciplines make to expanding and enriching theory, research, and practice in young adult library services and encourages submissions from researchers, students, and practitioners in all fields.

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults uses the Chicago Manual of style endnotes.’  For complete author guidelines including examples citations, please visit the author guidelines.’  While submissions average 4,000 to 7,000 words, manuscripts of all lengths will be considered.’  Full color images, photos, and other media are all accepted.

Submissions

Please contact the editor at yalsaresearch@gmail.com to discuss submissions and/or author guidelines.’  All completed manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments to yalsaresearch@gmail.com.’  Please attach each figure or graphic as a separate file.

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is available online at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya.’ Manuscripts are currently being accepted for the Spring 2011 issue.