Annual 2015: YALSA Program Highlights

Registration just opened this week for the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Are you coming? If so, here are some highlights as far as what you can expect from YALSA during this bustling, busy conference. And don’t forget to check the conference wiki for even more information on San Francisco attractions, transportation, and more. Continue reading

Annual 2015: A History of Social Change with Youth in the SF Bay Area

This is a guest post from Susy Moorhead, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for Annual 2015 in San Francisco.

In full disclosure: As I cannot mention all of the movements that call the Bay Area home nor can I give them full justice. I am going to briefly discuss a few of my favorites and I fully admit that Oakland, where I work, and San Francisco, where I live, will figure prominently.

The San Francisco Bay Area has long been an important spot for progressive social change. Many of the movements that started here or had this Area as an epicenter of activity you may already be familiar with. Some of the ones I find especially interesting are the Black Panthers, the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, the push for equal opportunities for undocumented students and educational justice for all, and LGBT rights. Youth have been and continue to be very important parts of these movements. I will share brief overviews with you and give you links so you can find more information before your trip to the 2015 American Library Association conference and perhaps even visit some of these places. Continue reading

Share Your Innovative Programs with YALSA!

YALSA will select up to twenty-five innovative teen programs from all types of libraries to feature at the YALSA President’s Program at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and to include in a sixth edition of Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults.’  Successful applications will focus on programs that address new teen needs or interests, or that address ongoing teen needs or interests in an innovative or unique way.’  The top five programs will receive cash awards of $1000 each. Up to twenty “best of the rest” applications will receive cash awards of $250 each.’  For more details, or to apply, visit YALSA’s web site.