Amplified: National Library Legislative Day

During the next few days, YALSA’s Executive Director and I will be in Washington DC for National Library Legislative Day. We’ll be talking to Congressional Staff and policy makers at key foundations and organizations about the vital role libraries and library staff play in helping teens succeed in school and prepare for careers.

In order for our conversations to have any lasting impact though, they need to be supported by a grassroots effort from members and supporters. Without your participation in NLLD via Tweets #NLLD14), emails and phone calls, we’ll be just two people talking. We need you to amplify, to show that we are all working together to improve teens’ lives.

As of today, just over 300 individuals have signed on to support YALSA’s NLLD Thunderclap. While that’s a start, YALSA has 5,138 members. All of those members have friends, families, colleagues, and patrons who stand behind the important work that we do everyday. So please, take a few moments out of your day to help your teen patrons, your library and your livelihood. Sign our Thunderclapreach out to your members of Congress and encourage others to do the same. Let’s leverage social media to amplify our voices and make real change for libraries and our patrons! The future of teens and libraries depends on us. #Act4Teens now.

Virtual Town Hall

Hey YALSA members, I want to hear from you!

In recent years, the President and Board of Directors have held virtual town halls to hear great ideas, get feedback on activities, and talk through goal areas in YALSA’s mission. On May 7th at 2 pm EST, we’d like take the broad view and talk through your overall YALSA experience. Specifically, we’ll be covering the following four questions:

  • What is it about the organization that has earned your loyalty?
  • What does YALSA do that frustrates you?
  • What are three things that YALSA could do that would add the most professional value to the career of teen librarians?
  • What are your three biggest concerns or needs?

Your thoughts can help YALSA become an even more responsive and relevant organization, so please, speak up! We’ll be meeting via this Adobe Connect space. Chat and audio will be available, but virtual bonus points will be given to those with a microphone too! Feel free to log-in at anytime in the next week to test your device’s capability and setup.

Thanks and I look forward to talking with you.

Shannon

 

 

YALSA Update: New Website, Teen Tech Week & More!

New Website Coming Soon: YALSA’s site is going to have a new look and a new information architecture in the very near future! In the meantime, there may be a few broken links while we upgrade. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we promise it’ll all be worth it. Contact Stevie Kuenn at skuenn@ala.org with any specific issues.

Teen Tech Week Is Live: The 2012 Teen Tech Week website is live at www.ala.org/teentechweek! Register today and check out our toolkits, activity ideas, interactive forums and more!

We Need Your Feedback: YALSA has posted a draft of its national guidelines on teen spaces. Read more about the draft and how to submit your comments on the Teen Space Guidelines webpage.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! We’ll be discussing steampunk during the first week of November. Mark your calendar and log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Join YALSA at Midwinter! YALSA’s coming to Dallas for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 20-24. We’re hosting a fab pre-Midwinter workshop on innovations in teen services, a trivia FUNdraiser, a poster session on teens in detention centers, a coffee with the candidates session, and more! Register now at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $170 for YALSA members. See everything YALSA has planned for Midwinter.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

Want more YALSA news? Follow YALSA on Facebook and Twitter.

YALSA Update: Research Agenda, Teen Space Guidelines, and More!

Join YALSA at Midwinter! YALSA’s coming to Dallas for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 20-24. We’re hosting a fab pre-Midwinter workshop on innovations in teen services, a trivia FUNdraiser, a poster session on teens in detention centers, a coffee with the candidates session, and more! Register now at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $170 for YALSA members. See everything YALSA has planned for Midwinter.

Teen Read Week Photo Contest: Teens ages 13-18 can enter YALSA’s Teen Read Week photo contest through Oct. 31! TRW 2011 Spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest, in which teens can make a visual representation of their favorite book and post it to Flickr. Contest details, including a tag and an entry form, are available at www.ala.org/teenread.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! We’ll be discussing steampunk during the first week of November. Mark your calendar and log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

New Research Agenda: Check out YALSA’s new research agenda, finalized this month by the board of directors.

We Need Your Feedback: YALSA has posted a draft of its national guidelines on teen spaces. Read more about the draft and how to submit your comments on the Teen Space Guidelines webpage.

Want more YALSA news? Follow YALSA on Facebook and Twitter.

YALSA Update: Bundled Reg Ends, YA Forum & More!

Coming to Midwinter & Annual 2012? Bundled Reg Ends Oct. 2! If you’re planning to attend both ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2012, take advantage of the lowest pricing with bundled registration at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $333 for YALSA members, but hurry, as this pricing expires Oct. 2. See what YALSA has planned for Annual and Midwinter.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! Next week, we’re talking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)  in ALA Connect for the monthly YA Forum. Join YALSA for a discussion of what STEM is, and how you can incorporate it into your library. We’ll share ideas on STEM programming and how to build collaborative STEM partnerships with other organizations. We’ll also look toward the future and talk about how librarians can easily implement STEM initiatives during Teen Tech Week. This discussion will be moderated by Shannon Peterson, Youth Services Librarian at Kitsap Regional Library. Log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

What Is That Thing? QR Codes Webinar: Find out how you can use QR Codes at your library in YALSA’s October webinar! Join Jennifer Velasquez on Oct. 21. Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for the group rate (applies to a group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location). Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Teen Read Week Photo Contest: Teens ages 13-18 can enter YALSA’s Teen Read Week photo contest! TRW 2011 Spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest, in which teens can make a visual representation of their favorite book and post it to Flickr through Oct. 31. Contest details, including a tag and an entry form, are available at www.ala.org/teenread.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

The YALSA Update: TRW Product Deadline, Strategic Plan Comments & Committee Volunteer Deadlines!

Last Day to Order TRW Products ALA Graphics & YALSA offer posters, bookmarks, downloads and more to promote Teen Read Week each year. The last day to order TRW products and receive them in time for TRW with standard shipping is Sept. 29. Check out this year’s products and order at www.alastore.ala.org/trw11.

We Need Your Strategic Plan Feedback YALSA’s Board of Directors is seeking member comments on the new strategic plan! Weigh in with your comments by Sept. 30.

Get the Scoop on the the Printz Want to know the Secrets of the Seal? Find out everything there is to know about the Michael L. Printz Award in YALSA’s fall online course taught by Brenna Shanks. This self-paced class begins Oct. 3. Details and registration are available at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

Volunteer for a 2012 Selection Committee! YALSA is accepting volunteer forms for 2013 Selection Committees through Sept. 30.

Coming to Midwinter & Annual 2012? Bundled Reg Ends Oct. 2! If you’re planning to attend both ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2012, take advantage of the lowest pricing with bundled registration at www.alamidwinter.org. Registration starts at $333 for YALSA members, but hurry, as this pricing expires Oct. 2. See what YALSA has planned for Annual and Midwinter.

Congrats to YALSA’s Board of Directors YALSA’s Board of Directors won the $10,000 Innovation Prize at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Atlanta. Congrats to Executive Director Beth Yoke and President-Elect Jack Martin on their winning presentation.

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Want more YALSA news? Follow YALSA on Facebook and Twitter.

The YALSA Update: Submit Your Symposium Proposal!

Call for Proposals: Do you know what the Next Big Thing in YA lit is? Tell YALSA! Visit www.ala.org/yalitsymposium to submit your paper or program proposal for the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing, to be held Nov. 2-4 in St. Louis. Proposals are due by Nov. 15. Want updates on the symposium? Join the symposium mailing list. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Social Media Policy Webinar: Whether you’re new to social media or consider using Facebook and Twitter to reach teens as old hat, a social media policy is key to your success! Join Linda Braun, past YALSA president and consultant for Libraries and Educators Online, and  you’ll learn what a social media policy is, why it’s important to have one, what the policy should include, how the policy can help you support teens, and how you can use the policy as an advocacy tool. Registration costs $29 for students, $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for the group rate (applies to a group of people that will watch the webinar together in one location). Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Summer Reading Funding: Apply now for a Summer Reading Grant from YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 for summer reading 2012. Applications due Jan. 1.

YA Forum: Calling all YALSA members! Next week, we’re talking Banned Books Week in ALA Connect with Krista King and Carrie Gardner, co-convenors of YALSA’s Intellectual Freedom Interest Group. Join the discussion on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. EDT and ending Friday at 3 p.m. EDT.  Log on at http://connect.ala.org/yalsa.

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The YALSA Update: Keep On Votin’

Teens’ Top Ten Voting Continues Teens’ Top Ten voting is going strong! What books do your teens love? Have them vote for their favorites through Sept. 16 at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Want to encourage teens to vote? Embed the code between the brackets on your website, which includes the new Teens’ Top Ten logo:

[<a title="Vote for Your Favorite Books in the Teens' Top Ten!" href="http://www.ala.org/teenstopten"><img alt="Teens' Top Ten" src="http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/TeensTopTen_logo_web.gif"></a>]

Voting ends Sept. 16!

YALSA Member Kudos: Congratulations are in order for YALSA members Hannah Gomez, who will be YALSA’s 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar, and Gretchen Kolderup, who takes over as member manager of The Hub from Sarah Debraski on Monday.

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YALSA Update: New JRLYA Issue, Teens’ Top Ten Voting & More

New Issue of JRLYA: The summer issue of YALSA’s Journal of Research on Literacy and Young Adults posted this week! Check it out and read posters from the YALSA Research Committee’s session at ALA Annual Conference 2011 and Elizabeth Koehler’s article, “The Silent Message: Professional Journals’ Failure to Address LGBTQ Issues.” Read more at the JRLYA website, http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Want to contribute to JRLYA? Contact Editor Sandra Hughes-Hassell at yalsaresearch@gmail.com

TeensTop TenEncourage Your Teens to Vote in the Teens’ Top Ten! Teens’ Top Ten voting is open online at www.ala.org/teenstopten! Want to encourage teens to vote? Embed the code between the brackets on your website, which includes the new Teens’ Top Ten logo:

[<a title="Vote for Your Favorite Books in the Teens' Top Ten!" href="http://www.ala.org/teenstopten"><img alt="Teens' Top Ten" src="http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/TeensTopTen_logo_web.gif"></a>]

Voting ends Sept. 15!

Read on to find out how to register for Teen Read Week™ and enter your teens in the Teen Read Week photo contest, sign up for fall webinars on social media and QR codes and order new books and other products from YALSA!

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The YALSA Update: TRW 2011, Teens’ Top Ten & More!

Start Planning for Teen Read Week! The 2011 Teen Read Week website is now live! Visit and register today (the first 300 registrants will receive a free copy of The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds, who created the artwork for Teen Read Week this year, courtesy of Candlewick Press). Check out our program ideas, planning resources, and publicity tools and find out how you can win a $1,000 grant for TRW programming! Learn more and get ready to Picture It @ your library at www.ala.org/teenread.

Summer Reading Made Easy: The Teens’ Top Ten Planning for summer reading? Make sure to include the Teens’ Top Ten! This year’s list of 25 nominees was chosen by teens in sixteen book groups from across the country. Encourage teens to read the 25 titles by mid-August, when voting opens. We’ll announce the winners during Teen Read Week! See the full list and download annotations at www.ala.org/teenstopten.

Free Webinar for YALSA Members Next Thursday! Are you a YALSA member? Join us for Job Hunting Simplified next Thursday with Courtney Young! This webinar will take place April 21 at 2 p.m. EDT and is free for YALSA members. If you’re a YALSA member interested in attending this session, please contact Eve Gaus at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293, to register by Tuesday, April 19.

Don’t Forget to Vote! The ALA/YALSA Election ends next Friday, April 22. All YALSA members who were paid up through Jan. 31 received ballots via email in March. Be sure to vote before the deadline — your input will help shape YALSA’s future!

After the jump, details on YALSA’s upcoming webinars, summer online courses, ALA Annual Conference, and more!

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