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.

Mark Your Calendar: YALSA’s April Professional Development

YALSA is pleased to offer the following professional development opportunities in April. 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.

April 5, Mentoring Program Applications open: YALSA’s new mentoring program will pair an experienced librarian (more than 6 years’ experience) with a new librarian (fewer than 6 years’ experience) or graduate student in a library science program. YALSA believes that we all have important skills and knowledge that we can share with one another and so this program encourages protégés to share their skills and know-how with their mentor. YALSA will accept applications through June 30. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/mentoring.

April 7, First Wednesdays with YALSA: YALSA’s First Wednesdays continue with an online chat this month at 8 p.m. Eastern, this time on programming for older teens, hosted by Penny Johnson, convenor of the Serving New Adults Interest Group. We will again be using Meebo for the chat, but we’ve made a few adjustments. We’ve created a private room; the password to log in is available to YALSA members at this ALA Connect post. See you next Wednesday!

April 22, Back to Basics Webinar: YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth play a key role in everyday service to young adult patrons. Join Sarah Flowers, author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA’s Competencies into Action, to discuss practical ways to promote and apply the YALSA Competencies to ensure quality library service to the teens in your community. This webinar will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Registration is $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals.’  Register today! Group registration costs $195 and is available by contacting Eve Gaus at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293. Learn more about our webinars at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

It’s YALSA’s First Wednesday and we’re talking tech

YALSA kicks off its monthly First Wednesday initiative tonight! YALSA gatherings are happening across the country, with members and teen library supporters gathering to network, discuss current issues in librarianship, and participate in YALSA’s monthly online chat.

Tonight’s chat takes place, per usual, in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect (you must be a YALSA member to participate) at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa from 8 – 9 p.m. Eastern. Tonight’s topic is teens and technology. Led by Karen Keys, chair of YALSA’s Technology for Young Adults committee, and Kelly Czarnecki, chair of YALSA’s Teen Tech Week committee, we’ll be discussing how to incorporate technology into teen services and planning for Teen Tech Week 2010.

To join us for tonight’s chat, visit YALSA’s area in ALA Connect (the chat is open only to YALSA members). YALSA members should use their login for the ALA website. 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 on Thursday.