Great Ideas Contest Extended!

We’ve extended the application for YALSA’s Great Ideas contest to July 15, 2010!

YALSA needs your Great Ideas – and you could win $250 in cash! We’re looking for creative help from you to help YALSA achieve its goals.

Do you have an idea to:
make YALSA’s awards and booklists into household names?
ensure young adult and school librarians have access to important research?
help YALSA better advocate for quality library services for every teen in every library?
develop continuing education or career services that librarians need?
engage YALSA’s current membership and recruit new members?

Great ideas like yours will help YALSA achieve the goals laid out in its most recent strategic plan: Advocacy, Marketing, Research, Continuous Learning, and Member Recruitment and Engagement. A PDF version of the Strategic Plan is available here.

Who Can Apply?

All current YALSA members and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards.
How to Apply

Check out the guidelines for more information and the application form. Send your application to yalsa@ala.org as a single attachment no later than July 15, 2010.

Winners will be announced the week of Sept. 7, 2010. There will be a first place winner for an individual member and a first place winner for a member group. If there are no applicants in one of the two categories, we will choose two winners for a single category. Each prize is worth up to $250. Winners will have their idea and photo published in an issue of YAttitudes and have their idea implemented by YALSA.

Please direct questions to Sarajo Wentling, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, at: sjwentling@yahoo.com

Time is Ticking to Enter YALSA’s Great Ideas Contest

Got an idea? Want to be paid for it? Here’s the catch. We’re looking for great ideas that mesh with the goals of YALSA’s Strategic Plan….and we need to hear from you by May 1st!

You still have time to enter the 2010 YALSA Great Ideas contest – where you – individual’ members of YALSA and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards – can make your best ideas a reality.

You say you haven’t memorized the YALSA’s strategic goals and objectives? No worries – you can read the full plan here (link). In summary, the YALSA goals are:

  • Advocacy
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Continuous Learning
  • Member Recruitment and Engagement

These are the big goals – and under each category there are more specific objectives, like’ increasing member access to existing research relevant to library services to teens and increase regional training opportunities.

So think big – or think locally – what would YOU, as a YALSA member,’ like to see YALSA do to make your work better?’ ‘ Here’s your chance to share your idea.

The winners (there’s an individual category and a group category) of the Great Ideas Contest will receive a prize of $250 and, best of all, their idea will be implemented by YALSA!

Full details about the contest are available on YALSA’s home page. Applications are due May 1, 2010.

Please direct questions to Sarajo Wentling, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, at’ sjwenting@yahoo.com