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!

Next week’s YALSA Chat: New Location!

Due to server problems in ALA Connect, YALSA will be moving its Dec. 8 chat on the Morris and Nonfiction shortlists to a chat room in Adobe Connect. Rob Bittner will lead the chat, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern in this Adobe Connect chat room. 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 on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in Adobe Connect!

Let’s talk Morris & Nonfiction finalists in YALSA’s Dec. 8 online chat!

What do ya’ll think about……..the Morris and Nonfiction announcements? YALSA is announcing the shortlists for both awards this month (Nonfiction this week and Morris early next week).  Join YALSA for our free monthly e-chat on Wednesday December 8 from 8-9pm EST to discuss the recently announced Morris and Nonfiction finalists. Did one of your favorite books get nominated? Were you surprised by any of the choices?  Join us in ALA Connect for this lively conversation, moderated by Rob Bittner.

What do ya’ll think about……..the Morris and Nonfiction announcements? YALSA is announcing the shortlists for both awards this month (Nonfiction this week and Morris early next week).  Join YALSA for our free monthly e-chat on Wednesday December 8 from 8-9pm EST to discuss the recently announced Morris and Nonfiction finalists. Did one of your favorite books get nominated? Were you surprised by any of the choices?  Join us in ALA Connect for this lively conversation, moderated by Rob Bittner.

Chat participation is limited to YALSA members. YALSA members should go to http://connect.ala.org/yalsa and use their login for the ALA website, www.ala.org. If you’ve lost your password, you can recover it through the ALA website. Once logged in, head to the YALSA area (it’s http://connect.ala.org/yalsa or you can navigate there within Connect by choosing “YALSA” from under “My ALA Groups”) and then click “Chats.”

See you at the chat on Dec. 8!

YALSA’s November E-Chat: Back in ALA Connect!

The monthly member chat for YALSA triumphantly returns to ALA Connect this month! Join us at 8 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 3 for an hour-long chat on multicultural programming, facilitated by Linda Alexander, professor at the University of South Florida and co-editor of YALSA’s Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens.

YALSA members should use their login for the ALA website, www.ala.org. If you’ve lost your password, you can recover it through the ALA website. Once logged in, head to the YALSA area (it’s http://connect.ala.org/yalsa or you can navigate there within Connect by choosing “YALSA” from under “My ALA Groups”) and then click “Chats.”

Can’t make it? The transcript will be posted on the YALSA Blog the next day.

Talking Teen Spaces in Tomorrow’s YALSA Online Chat

Are you looking to revamp your library’s teen space? Do you have a success story you want to share? Then join YALSA tomorrrow for its montly online member chat, hosted by teen space design expert Kim Bolan, author of Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover, 2nd edition. To participate in this chat, join us in Meebo at 8 p.m. tomorrow at http://www.meebo.com/room/yalsachat_october6/ and use the password yalsaoctober6.

See you there!

YALSA Chat Transcript: Think Big

In a lively chat last night, YALSA President Kim Patton discussed her presidential theme, Think Big. You can read the transcript (PDF) if you weren’t able to make it.

Join us for our next chat on Oct. 6, when Kim Bolan will lead a discussion on teen space design at libraries! Join us for this exciting chat at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 6 (directions for the Meebo room will be posted to the YALSA blog on Sept. 29).

YALSA’s September Professional Development

YALSA is pleased to offer the following professional development opportunities in September. If you have questions about YALSA’s professional development, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

Now through September 27, YALSA Fall Online Course Registration: YALSA fall online course registration is now open!  The fall session takes place October 4 to November 1, and we have two classes available: Growing, Managing and Defending the Young Adult Budget, taught by Monique Delatte, and Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services, taught by Amy Alessio. Both classes last four weeks and cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers. For details on both classes and to register (after August 2), visit www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

September 1, First Wednesdays with YALSA: YALSA’s First Wednesdays continue with an online chat this month at 8 p.m. Eastern. This month’s topic: Thinking Big with YALSA President Kim Patton. We will again be in Meebo and our room is http://www.meebo.com/room/yalsasept1chat. Password is yalsasept1.

September 9, Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes Webinar Jen Hubert Swan, author of Reading Rants! the popular book review blog for teens offers up 30 quick tips for connecting with reluctant readers in 60 minutes. Get display, booktalk and contest ideas and find out what “Roaming Bookmarks” and “Brown Bag Books” are all about. Participants will come away with some great ideas to kick start their programs and collections and help brainstorm some more! This webinar will take place on Thursday, September 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern.  Register today! Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

YALSA Chat Transcript: Selection Committees

After an aborted chat on August 4 due to technical difficulties, Eva Volin and Sarah Flowers led a lively Q&A session on August 11 in Meebo about serving on selection committees for YALSA.

You can read a transcript (PDF) of the conversation. The next YALSA e-chat will take place on September 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern. We’ll be announcing the login information for the Meebo room on ALA Connect and in this blog. The chat will be hosted by YALSA President Kim Patton, who will be talking about initiatives from her theme, Think Big!

Professional Development with YALSA in August

YALSA is pleased to offer the following professional development opportunities in August. If you have questions about YALSA’s professional development, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

August 2, Fall Course Registration Opens YALSA opens registration for its fall online courses on August 2! The fall session takes place October 4 to November 1, and we have two classes available: Growing, Managing and Defending the Young Adult Budget, taught by Monique Delatte, and Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services, taught by Amy Alessio. Both classes last four weeks and cost $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers. For details on both classes and to register (after August 2), visit www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

August 4, YALSA E-Chat In this month’s online chat, Eva Volin will lead a question-and-answer session about serving on a 2012 selection committee for YALSA. Interested in volunteering to be on one of YALSA’s booklist committees? Bring your questions to this session, which will be held in Meebo at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can access the August chat room with the password August4chat.

August 19, Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction Webinar Join host Angela Carstensen, 2010 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award chair on Thursday, August 19, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Learn how to collect and evaluate YA nonfiction, and see where the future of nonfiction is headed! Register today! Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. A group rate of $195 is available. Details on this webinar, and upcoming webinars, can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

YALSA July Chat Transcript

YALSA held its monthly online chat on July 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern, with member Courtney Young leading a lively discussion on job-hunting in the library world. You can download the partial chat transcript (PDF).

Join us next month on August 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern, when we’ll be discussing what it takes to be a YALSA committee chair.  We will again be chatting in Meebo, with a room set up at Meebo with a password of August4chat.