ALA Nominations

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It’s very important for divisional representatives to be on ALA Council and involved in Association decision-making. The youth divisions present a united front for promoting youth services in ALA, but there need to be youth division members on the ballot in order to do so. YALSA members have always been involved and need to continue to be so. Please consider nominating someone. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.


The ALA 2007 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2007 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, ALA Treasurer and Councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect, two candidates to run for Treasurer and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2007 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2007-2008, as President in 2008-2009, and as Immediate Past President in 2009-2010.

The Treasurer and Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2007 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2010 Annual Conference.

The ALA President, Treasurer and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA]. Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form available at Nominations and forms must be received no later than September 1, 2006.

Nominations may be sent to me at:
C. Allen Nichols,
Library Director,
Wadsworth Public Library,
132 Broad Street,
Wadsworth, OH 44281-1897.

To encourage diversity and leadership development, the Committee will refrain from nominating any current Councilors for election to another term. However, the Committee encourages all current Councilors who wish to continue their service to the Association to file as petition candidates. Petitions will be available from Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, Council Secretariat, ALA, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, Email:, or during the 2006 Annual Conference or 2007 Midwinter Meeting. Petitions require 25 signatures for names to be included on the 2007 ballot.

Posted by C. Allen Nichols – ALA Nominations Committee Member and YALSA Board Member

Listen to the DOPA hearing online

On July 11th at 10 AM (Eastern) the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet will be holding a hearing on the proposed legislation, Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA). If passed, this legislation would require schools and libraries receiving the E-Rate to block social networking sites like and others. ALA will be one of several groups who are providing testimony against the legislation. According to the subcommittee’s web site, the hearings will be broadcast live online, so tune in if you are interested. For more information go here.

The subcommittee is comprised of Representatives from more than a dozen states. If one of these Representatives is from your district, please feel free to contact his or her office to let them know how you feel about DOPA. Go here to see if anyone on this committee is from your district.
-Beth Yoke

Take an e-course from YALSA

Registration is now open for two online courses from YALSA: “New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens” and “Power Programming for Teens.”

Courses will run from July 17th to August 17th, 2006. Registration for the courses is available online from July 10 through 17th at Each course is the equivalent of a one day face-to-face workshop. Class size is limited to 25 participants.

New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens: will run for four weeks and participants will become familiar with the tools and techniques teens use to communicate and collaborate online, learn how to inform their own community about best practices that support teen’s technology-based print literacies, have the opportunity to talk with others about teen use of technology and how that use improves literacy skills, and create framework for a program or service at their library that supports teen technology-based print literacy. The course will be taught by Linda Braun. The cost is $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for non members.

Power Programming for Teens: will run for four weeks and will help participants attain a higher level of service to teens at their library or school. This course is designed for library staff who would like to expand their teen programs. Participants will learn how to develop and implement more programming ideas that will work at their facility and will be taught by Amy Alessio. The cost is $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for non members.

Linda Braun is an educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. In her job she works with schools, libraries, and other types of educational institutions to help them figure out the best way to integrate technology into their programs and services. She is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, a columnist for VOYA, and has written several books on topics related to teens and technology.

Amy Alessio has enjoyed the constant advice of her Teen Advisory Board for over 8 years in her capacity as Teen Coordinator for the Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois. She is the YALSA Fiscal Officer and the editor of the YALSA online journal YAttitudes in addition to being active in the Illinois Library Association. She has presented locally and nationally on teen services and writes about young adult literature for and Crimespree magazine.

Additional courses will be offered in October. More tips on taking online courses can be found here.For more information about YALSA, please contact us via email,; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.
Posted by Beth Yoke

NBC Learns From Firefox

Posted by Linda W. Braun

A few weeks ago I heard about a promotion from Firefox. The open source browser software asked fans/users to create a video ad for the software. The response and promotions were said to be very good. When I heard two Firefox employees talk about the project, they mentioned that when they presented this marketing technique at a conference other companies bombarded them with questions about how they could do it too.

One of the highlights of what I heard from the Firefox employees was that the fans showed great loyalty to the product through their videos and interest in the project. There was the sense that because Firefox was a model in the open source community fans were willing to create the promos because of the open nature of the product.

Now it’s happening in a larger context and I wonder if fandom and altruism continues to play a role. NBC has started just such a campaign on YouTube for The Office. Fans of the show are invited to create 20 second promotions with the winning videos appearing on the NBC website.

What’s this got to do with teens and libraries? Well, first it’s pretty cool that anyone – including a teen – can make a promo for a favorite product or TV show. Second, it shows, once again, the power of teen technology use. My Space and YouTube are popular sites of teens. Once that popularity is discovered media comes a-knocking. In other words don’t forget that the teens in your community have a lot of power in making things happen.

From a developmental asset approach, this power is a really good thing. Teens need to know they have important roles to play in the community and the world. They need to feel like they have a positive future. They need to know that others listen to them.

Is there a negative to this use of teen-led media by advertisers? Does it make a difference if teens are able to continue to use the tools as they were before the marketers arrived? Does the marketing actually give teens the chance to see how advertising works and provide opportunities for analysis and reflection? Do teens benefit as much as marketers since the teens actually get to define the use of the technology to interested businesses? Don’t adults need to realize that teens actually do understand about advertising and marketing and realize teens know when their technology has been taken over?

I don’t have answers at the moment but I’m thinking.

New Issue of YALS

Posted by Linda W. Braun

In my mail yesterday I had my new issue of Young Adult Library Services (YALS) – the official publication of YALSA. The theme of the issue is get active @ your library (which is the Teen Read Week theme this year.)

Inside is an array of articles that demonstrate some things librarians and teens are doing together – ways in which teens and librarians are being active. Included as demonstrations of activity are:

  • DDR playing
  • Technology integration
  • GLBTQ programs and services
  • Volunteer opportunities

Take a look at your copy to discover ways you can become active with the teens in your library and community.

Net Neutrality

Posted by Linda W. Braun

There has been lots of discussion lately about net neutrality and what it means. C|NET has a good list of resources on the topic. The page on the C|NET site starts off with:

Network operators want to charge Internet content providers for enhanced IP services, while Net neutrality proponents say regulations are needed to prevent abuse by the Net’s gatekeepers.

Sides seem to be polarized on the issue of Net Neutrality, with some saying this legal provision is the only way to protect the consumer while others are saying that the government shouldn’t get into the realm of legislating access in this way. It’s a complicated topic with some surprising twists and turns.

If you haven’t heard about net neutrality or are interested in learning more, the C|NET resource is worth a look. You’ll want to know what the federal government is talking about in relation to Internet access and consider how a legal decision on net neutrality could impact the library and the teens with whom you work.

Your input needed for DOPA hearings

YALSA members & leaders,

ALA’s Washington Office has asked YALSA to testify at the Congressional hearings for the proposed DOPA legislation (if passed this would require schools & libraries receiving the e-rate to block all “social networking” sites). As per YALSA’s Board of Directors’ discussion at their meeting, YALSA opposes DOPA. The hearings are Tuesday July 11th.

I’m working with the ALA Washington office on an official statement, but I can fold in comments and personal stories from YALSA members and/or their teens. If you or your teens have any compelling stories about how MySpace and other social networking sites have made a positive impact on your library and/or your patrons, please send them to me ASAP. Thank you for your efforts to protect teens’ access to information.
-Beth Yoke

YALSA President’s Program, ALA annual 2006

It took me a whole week to sort through my thoughts and notes for the YALSA President’s Program! Here they are at last.

The YALSA President’s Program kicked off Monday afternoon June 26 with Pam Spencer Holly and Beth Yoke delivering highlights from the past year (did you know YALSA is the fastest growing division in ALA? 😉 It’s really amazing that not only has membership increased by 10%, but 25% of YALSA members are student members. Could a student interest group be in the works?

The President’s 2005-2006 Report was well-organized and reflects accomplishments that align with the YALSA Strategic Plan.

I think Pam was so eager to pass over her presidential gavel to incoming president Judy Nelson that she forgot to mention an item on the agenda – Friends of YALSA. The website shows that YALSA only has 18 friends! I slipped a form to my boss, and I think I can get my mom to contribute too – who can YOU ask?

2007 sounds like it will be as busy as 2006! Tons of events are in the works as YALSA turns 50, Teen Tech Week lauches, and much, much more.

Judy Nelson announced a return to our roots with the theme of her presidency, “Still Reading After All These Years,” a focus on the wonderful rich and diverse world of our beloved YA literature. Very fitting, and smart, in light of the recent misconceptions of YA novels as fluff and nonsense.

Appropriately, the program that followed the membership meeting was all about the Renaissance of YA Literature, and a sequel to a program 10 years ago on the same topic: What’s so Adult about Young Adult? The afternoon was a celebration of crossover titles including the likes of Weetzie Bat (the original crossover novel) Perks of Being a Wallflower, and more. I missed the names of some of the speakers, so thanks in advance for any corrections you guys who attended can contribute.

Author and YA lit critic Michael Cart (Booklist’s “Carte Blanche” column, My Father’s Scar, and editor of Rush Hour, who convened the original program on this topic, gave a brief history of crossover novels, lamenting that titles so appropriate for teens are published as adult for (mostly) economic reasons, and commenting on the lack of adult recognition of the value of YA lit, stated of those who think that YA lit is “the stuff of Sweet Valley High, more the fools, they.”

What makes a crossover title? They share several traits:

  • first novels
  • young authors
  • coming of age theme (teen protagonist)
  • incorporate the mysterious, puzzling, and enigmatic

Next, a publisher spoke (missed her name!), sharing the stat that of the top 50 bestselling juvenile titles, 9 are (currently YA titles), and explaining a little about why editors publish young adult books under adult imprints.

Author Aidan Chambers (This is All, Postcards from No Man’s Land) offered the British perspective with humor and aplomb, quoting Shakespeare, poking fun at himself and explaining his position on the “life follows art” theory.

Author Greg Galloway (As Simple as Snow) followed, and discussed literature as types of glass – the transparent “windex” kind popularized by the likes of Dan Brown, and the more complex stained glass kind in which literary greats such as Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Chandler delight in use of language.

Sheila (Scofield? sorry Sheila!) provided the librarian in the field point of view, speaking about the gamut of authors and formats and genres teens ask for. She recommended promoting adult titles to young adults and young adult titles to adults by incorporating them into displays and booklists recommending YA titles to librarians serving adults, and asking the adult services librarians to recommend crossovers.” Promoting teen lit IS advocacy for teens, she said; her top suggestions are

Pretties/Uglies/Specials by Scott Westerfield
I is Someone Else by Patrick Cooper
titles by Marcus Zusak
Feed by M.T. Anderson

She concluded by reminding us that authors tell stories; they don’t write for a selected audience, and quoted Ranganathan: “Every reader has his or her book; Every book has its reader.” The concept was followed up in the Q&A period when one of the panelists reminded us that the readership of a book is one (the original Long Tail?).

Three excellent booklists distributed at this program are online at

~posted by Beth Gallaway

10 Things to Do Now that You’re Home from the ALA Conference:

1. If you want to serve on one of YALSA’s Selection Committees, like Great Graphic Novels or the Alex Awards, you need to be appointed by Paula Brehm-Heeger, YALSA’s President-Elect. To be considered for appointment, fill out YALSA’s Committee Volunteer Form . Process Committee appointments aren’t made until the spring. Be sure to indicate which committee you’re really interested in-saying “anywhere” isn’t always helpful.

2. If you’d like to participate in one of YALSA’s Discussion or Interest Groups, contact the convener and let him or her know. Click here for contact information.

3. Follow up with any colleagues you met at the conference.

4. Share something you learned at the conference with coworkers or colleagues.

5. For purposes of documenting your professional development, mark which programs you attended in the conference program and save it for future reference.

6. Follow up with any questions about YALSA that may have come up during the conference with the YALSA Office at or 1.800.545.2433 x4390.

7. Look for your summer issue of Young Adult Library Services (YALS) in the mail.

8. Start planning your Teen Read Week celebration (October 15-21). For more information and/or to register, go to the TRW site .

9. Check out the Conference section of YALSA’s blog for a synopsis and musings on any programs you may have missed.

10. Visit YALSA’s web site for handouts from some of YALSA’s programs at the conference.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the YALSA Office at or 1.800.545.2433 x4390. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Seattle for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 19-24, 2007! YALSA will have special events to kick off our 50th anniversary and launch Teen Tech Week (Mar. 4-10, 2007). On Friday Jan. 19th we’ll also be hosting an institute about reaching wired teens, and since last year’s Gaming Night was so popular, we’ll be offering it again.

Posted by Beth Yoke

Teen Spaces

For one of my classes I wanted to feature teen online spaces.
In the 2000 census, it was reported that 80,473,265 or 28.6% of the population was 19 or under.

According to Pew Internet and American Life Report in 2005, 87% of 12 to 17 year olds use the Internet. If you read the Perceptions of Libraries OCLC released last December, you know that teens do not visit our websites, even though 50% are aware that we do have a site.

With the large number of teens online, and the number of teens visiting our sites I feel like we may want to examine whether our websites truly are meeting the needs of our teen patrons

I was listening to Stephen Abram at ALA, and I realized that librarians might not understand the preferences of teens who use their web pages. If you aren’t familiar with Stephen Abrams check out his article in Library Journal Born with a Chip

Compare your teen page (or library website if you don’t have a teen page) with these examples of well-designed teen pages, and commercial cites popular with teens.

Library Pages

Minuteman Library Network

Watertown Public library Teen Page

Springfield Public Library teen Page

North State Cooperative Library System Teen Page

New York Public Library Teen Page

Ann Arbor Public Library

My Own Cafe

Denver Public Library’s Myspace Page

Library Loft

Seattle Public Library’s Teen Page

Haverhill Public Library’s Teen Page

Teen Spaces

Deviant Art


Yahoo Music



Live Journal



World of Warcraft



How does your library compare?

posted by Jami Schwarzwalder