The YALSA Update: Get Up & Go with YALSA

Get Connected to Teen Tech Week

Registration may be closed, but Teen Tech Week plans are just starting to heat up!

First, make sure you’ve ordered your official Teen Tech Week products by Monday, Feb. 18 to have them arrive by Teen Tech Week using standard shipping. (And hurry—products are going fast; we’ve already sold out of Tune In bookmarks and the TTW 2008 Set).

If you’re stumped for ideas, find inspiration at the Teen Tech Week Wiki, from the resources page at the Teen Tech Week Web site, or by picking up a copy of Get Connected: Tech Programs for Teens, by RoseMary Honnold for YALSA (Neal-Schuman, 2007)!

Make sure to bookmark www.ala.org/teentechweek ! During Teen Tech Week, encourage your teens to vote for next year’s theme as well as take part in the SmartGirl.org Be Smart Wired Survey on teen’s online habits. Both will be open for voting starting March 2.


Get the Jump on Annual

Early bird registration ends in just three weeks, so it’s a good time to finalize your summer plans and join YALSA in Anaheim, June 26-July 2!

We’re offering two preconferences—Got Tweens? Serving Younger Teens and Tweens and Turn Teens on to Reading through Booktalks—as well as special events—Edwards Award Luncheon, the Printz Awards Reception, and the Young Adult Authors Coffee Klatch.

Find more details about registration and housing at the ALA Annual Web site or the YALSA @ ALA Annual Conference Wiki.


Get Smart with YALSA’s E-courses

Looking to expand your knowledge? Got a few extra professional development dollars to spend? Then look no further than YALSA’s roster of Summer E-courses. Three six week classes, taught by YALSA experts, will take place from July 7 to August 18. Classes include:

  • Making the Match: Finding the Right Book for the Right Teen at the Right Time
  • Reaching Teens with Gaming
  • Tech Tools for Teen Leadership

Registration opens May 18. To learn more, visit YALSA’s Summer Online Courses page.


Get Ready for the First Young Adult Literature Symposium

YALSA’s first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, How We Read Now, will be Nov. 7-9 in Nashville! Details on registration and more will be posted later, but you can find out the program slate now (and see the papers to be presented) by visiting the Young Adult Literature Symposium Web site.


Get Out the Vote

The YALSA elections will begin soon! Balloting begins March 17. Check out the YALSA Slate of Candidates!

Check back to the YALSA Blog every Thursday for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at skuenn@ala.org.

The YALSA Update: Valentines & Deadlines

Tell Your Librarian You Love Them

This Valentine’s Day, have your teens, parents, children and library supporters flood federal elected officials’ district offices with Valentines that express love for your library and its staff and ask for support for important legislation.

The ALA Youth Divisions – AASL, ALSC and YALSA – are sending out a call to action to library workers to have teens, children, parents and library supporters in their community send “I Love My Teen Services Librarian” or “I Love My School Librarian” Valentine cards to their U.S. Senators and Representatives, and to ask their elected officials to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act &/or support LSTA funding for libraries.

Learn more on how to participate at the I Love My Librarian Campaign Wiki.

Great Stories Club Applications Due Next Week!
Apply by February 15 for a Great Stories Club program grant!

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with YALSA. Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Connect with hard-to-reach, underserved teens by conducting a Great Stories Club reading and discussion program in your library. All libraries located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens are eligible to apply.

For a list of the titles included, guidelines and the online application, visit www.ala.org/greatstories. You may also wish to review the Great Stories Club Resource Guide posted on this site as you plan your library’s application.

With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, publicprograms@ala.org.

Be A 2008-2009 Spectrum Scholar!
Starting in fiscal year 2008, YALSA will support one Spectrum Scholar! Applications for 2008-2009 scholars are due at ALA by March 1. To learn more about requirements and how to apply, visit the Spectrum Web site!

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.

Want to Get Involved? Join a YALSA Process Committee!
President Elect Sarah Cornish Debraski will begin appointing process committees (such as Teen Read Week, Intellectual Freedom, YA Galley and 25 others) and award juries (such as the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant and six others) this spring. So if you want to get involved, make sure to fill out a Committee Volunteer Form and submit it to the YALSA Office by March 1.

To learn more about YALSA committees, juries, and task forces, check out the committee descriptions or reread a few helpful blog posts about this very topic.

Early Registration & Housing for Annual
Annual Conference is just four months away! Make your plans to join us in Anaheim. Registration and housing for ALA Annual Conference 2008 is now open; for the best pricing, register by March 7.

What does YALSA have planned for Annual? Plenty! We’ll offer two preconferences—Got Tweens? Serving Younger Teens and Tweens and Turn Teens on to Reading through Booktalks—as well as the Edwards Award Luncheon, the Printz Awards Reception, and the Young Adult Authors Coffee Clatch. Find out about our special events at the Special Events page at ALA’s Annual Conference Web site.

Save the Date for the First Young Adult Literature Symposium
YALSA’s first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, How We Read Now, will be Nov. 7-9 in Nashville! Details on registration and more will be posted later, but you can find out the program slate now (and see the papers to be presented) by visiting the Young Adult Literature Symposium Web site.

The YALSA Update: Here We Go, Here We Go Again

Midwinter Is Here (almost)
Plenty of YALSA members are en route to Philly as I type (if they’re not there already, as Ms. Lesesne just posted). Check back here for blog updates and podcasts throughout the week and beyond (and keep up to date using Twitter!). We’ve got great stuff planned: the Happy Hour at McGillin’s and Gaming Night on Friday, All Committee and the Holly Black booth signing on Saturday, the @ your library kickoff event and the BBYA Teens session on Sunday, and (of course!) the Youth Media Awards bright and early Monday morning.

For the locations, times, and the latest updates, visit the YALSA Midwinter Wiki!

Youth Media Awards Text Messages!

Can’t make it to Philly? Get the award winners texted to your phone right after the announcement. You can have five or thirteen winners sent directly to your cell phone—just check out the instructions, details, and disclaimers at the YALSA Midwinter Wiki.

WrestleMania Reading Challenge Nearing Conclusion
All reading for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge should be completed by Monday, January 14. Everyone who registered for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge received a packet of posters last fall—the small posters make perfect prizes for teens who turn in reading logs (Out of small posters? Download a PDF version and print more!). Librarians should send the winning essays from each grade category (7-8 and 9-12) to yalsa@ala.org by January 31, 2008. From all the local winners YALSA will choose ten finalists, two each from 5 regions of the country (one from each grade category).

For complete details, visit the WrestleMania Reading Challenge page or the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Ideas & Resources wiki.

Teen Tech Week Registration Continues!
Teen Tech Week is less than a month away! Register today and visit the Teen Tech Week wiki for ideas and resources or to share your own.


Early Registration & Housing for Annual

It’s never too early to think about Anaheim! Registration and housing for ALA Annual Conference 2008 is now open.

Get a Deal on ALA Conferences

Yesterday I learned that ALA is trying something new when it comes to conference registration. Until the end of this month (September) those who register for Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference at the same time receive a discount on the bundled registration. While it’s a pretty good chunk of money to shell out all at once, there are a couple of advantages. First, you get the whole thing done right now. I’m always forgetting to register for these things and by the time I do – the price has gone up. If I register for the whole thing now it now I don’t have to remember for another year. Second, there is a discount, you are paying less for both conferences than if you registered for the two separately.

You can find out more about the bundled registration rate on the ALA Midwinter Meeting Web Site.

Speaking of the Midwinter Meeting it’s not to early to start thinking about YALSA activities at the Meeting. The YALSA web site already has a few things listed for the meeting including:

  • A full-day advocacy institute which gives participants the tools they need to advocate for teens in the community.
  • A Gaming Extravaganza – the third annual YALSA Gaming Night (which is new and improved this year.)
  • The Youth Media Awards where attendees get to hear the announcements of the Printz, Margaret Edwards, and Alex Awards.

There’s more in store for midwinter attendees keep checking the YALSA web site and the blog for updates and information.