The Teen Tech Week QR code scavenger hunt has begun!

Are you at Midwinter and do you want to win some fabulous prizes? Then take part in the Teen Tech Week scavenger hunt, by following the QR code clues throughout the conference and online. If you reach the end and enter your name on the secret raffle page, you’ll have a chance to’ win a fabulous prize package from YALSA and our TTW sponsors, including’ a copy of the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom’ Tollbooth‘ (signed by both Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer!), and a t-shirt from Figment.com!

Head over to the TTW 2012 website to begin the hunt, and good luck! Thanks so much to our TTW sponsors for making this all possible.

2012 Coffee with the Candidates: What’s It All About

Posted for Franklin Escobedo member of the 2012 YALSA Nominating Committee

Every year at YALSA and ALA election time I find myself wondering who everyone is on the ballot. A lot of times the names sound familiar. Did I meet them at a session or a mixer? Have I a read an article or a blog post they published? Was it from a listserv or was it from one of my colleagues? If you’re heading to Dallas for the Midwinter Conference this is your chance to meet the candidates face-to-face at this year’s Coffee with the Candidates.

The Coffee with the Candidates is hosted by the YALSA Nominating Committee and is your opportunity to meet those running for YALSA governance positions. They are the nominees for President, Board and Councilor.
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YALSA/VOYA Frances Henne Research Grant Recipient Announcement at Midwinter

The applications are in! ‘ The YALSA/VOYA Frances Henne Research Grant applications have been submitted, and the review committee is currently reading the innovative research ideas of this year’s pool of grant proposals.

We are looking forward to announcing the 2012 recipient at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.’  You are invited to join us for the official announcement during the “YALSA Research Forum: What’s Next for YA?” event on Friday, January 20, to be held from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Dallas Convention Center, Room D225. ‘ As part of the Research Forum, we will announce the winning grant proposal and tell you how to apply for the 2013 Henne Research Grant.

We will also share the news of the 2012 recipient during the “YALSA Trends in YA Presentation” on Saturday, January 21, to be held from 4:00-5:30PM, in the Dallas Convention Center, Room C141. This event will feature a paper presentation from Jeanie Austin called “Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries.” The paper will explore the tensions present in juvenile detention center library services (such as institutional limitations and access to technologies) and how youth and librarians can and do navigate these tensions within the library setting.

For more information on these programs, please go to http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/YALSA_at_ALA%27s_2012_Midwinter_Meeting. ‘ We hope that you can join us for one of these YALSA events at Midwinter, and we look forward to celebrating this year’s Frances Henne Research Grant recipient with you in Dallas!

TTW @ ALA Midwinter: QR Code Scavenger Hunt

Going to Midwinter in Dallas?

Win a fabulous YALSA prize package by being the first to complete the Teen Tech Week QR Code Scavenger Hunt! Participants will visit locations both in person and online throughout ALA Midwinter. Solve the clues, find the codes, and scan them into your phone’s QR code reader (visit this page for recommended apps for various platforms).

If you can scan all the codes, you may win an assortment of YALSA goodies. To participate, visit the Teen Tech Week website starting Friday, January 20th. (For more information on QR codes, visit the Wikipedia page on the subject).

Thanks to the Teen Tech Week sponsors for helping make the scavenger hunt possible. Good luck!