Young Adult Literature Symposium Stipends

YALSA will be offering two stipends up to $1,000 each to attend the first Young Adult Literature Symposium. One stipend will be awarded to a library worker who works directly with young adults and the other will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited MLS program with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting.

Requirements:
Have a YALSA personal membership
One to Ten years of serving teens in a professional library setting (for library worker applicants) or enrollment in an ALA Accredited MLS program (student applicants)
Incomplete submissions will not be considered

Applications can be downloaded from the Young Adult Literature Symposium website

Application and current resume must be sent to yalsa@ala.org by Midnight, May 1, 2008. Supporting statements from a professor or employer must be emailed seperately and received by the same date. (Make sure that your name and “supporting statement” are included in the subject line).

Criteria for selection:
Candidate’s commitment to Young Adult library services
Candidate’s desired learning outcomes for attending the conference
Candidate’s financial and professional development needs
Strength of supporting statement

Winners will be announced July 7, 2008.

Questions should be directed to Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org or 1.800.545.2433 x4387

PS-Be sure to check out the Young Adult Literature Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities page and thank the sponsors at ALA this summer.

Young Adult Literature Symposium Housing Open

Registration for housing for the Young Adult Literature Symposium opened today. Rooms at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will cost $119 per night. For information on how to reserve your room, check out the Young Adult Literature Symposium website

Registration for the symposium itself will open on May 1, 2008.

Rates

Early Bird Special
Registration is only $195 for YALSA members and Tennessee Library Association/Tennessee Association of School Librarians members. Only registrations postmarked or made online by September 1, 2008, will be eligible for this special rate.

$195 YALSA Personal Member
$195 TLA/TASL Personal Member
$245 ALA Personal Member

$300 Nonmembers
$50 Students (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Optional preconference: $75

Advanced Registration
Advanced registration runs September 2 – October 3, 2008.

$245 YALSA Personal Member
$245 TLA/TASL Personal Member

$295 ALA Personal Member
$350 Nonmember
$50 Student (enrolled full-time in a library program)

Optional preconference: $75

Onsite Registration Fees
Onsite fees apply to registrations made on or after October 4, 2008.

$270 YALSA Personal Member

$270 TLA/TASL Personal Member
$320 ALA Personal Member
$375 Nonmember
$75 Student Member

Optional preconference: $75

The YALSA Update: Get Up & Go with YALSA

Get Connected to Teen Tech Week

Registration may be closed, but Teen Tech Week plans are just starting to heat up!

First, make sure you’ve ordered your official Teen Tech Week products by Monday, Feb. 18 to have them arrive by Teen Tech Week using standard shipping. (And hurry—products are going fast; we’ve already sold out of Tune In bookmarks and the TTW 2008 Set).

If you’re stumped for ideas, find inspiration at the Teen Tech Week Wiki, from the resources page at the Teen Tech Week Web site, or by picking up a copy of Get Connected: Tech Programs for Teens, by RoseMary Honnold for YALSA (Neal-Schuman, 2007)!

Make sure to bookmark www.ala.org/teentechweek ! During Teen Tech Week, encourage your teens to vote for next year’s theme as well as take part in the SmartGirl.org Be Smart Wired Survey on teen’s online habits. Both will be open for voting starting March 2.


Get the Jump on Annual

Early bird registration ends in just three weeks, so it’s a good time to finalize your summer plans and join YALSA in Anaheim, June 26-July 2!

We’re offering two preconferences—Got Tweens? Serving Younger Teens and Tweens and Turn Teens on to Reading through Booktalks—as well as special events—Edwards Award Luncheon, the Printz Awards Reception, and the Young Adult Authors Coffee Klatch.

Find more details about registration and housing at the ALA Annual Web site or the YALSA @ ALA Annual Conference Wiki.


Get Smart with YALSA’s E-courses

Looking to expand your knowledge? Got a few extra professional development dollars to spend? Then look no further than YALSA’s roster of Summer E-courses. Three six week classes, taught by YALSA experts, will take place from July 7 to August 18. Classes include:

  • Making the Match: Finding the Right Book for the Right Teen at the Right Time
  • Reaching Teens with Gaming
  • Tech Tools for Teen Leadership

Registration opens May 18. To learn more, visit YALSA’s Summer Online Courses page.


Get Ready for the First Young Adult Literature Symposium

YALSA’s first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, How We Read Now, will be Nov. 7-9 in Nashville! Details on registration and more will be posted later, but you can find out the program slate now (and see the papers to be presented) by visiting the Young Adult Literature Symposium Web site.


Get Out the Vote

The YALSA elections will begin soon! Balloting begins March 17. Check out the YALSA Slate of Candidates!

Check back to the YALSA Blog every Thursday for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at skuenn@ala.org.

Young Adult Literature Symposium

Save the date! The first-ever Young Adult Literature Symposium, funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment, will be held November 7 – 9, 2008 in Nashville, TN. This year’s theme “How We Read Now” features a great slate of programs.

Hit List or Hot List: How Teens Read Now (Rosemary Chance and Teri Lesesne )
Inside the Authors’ Studios: Award Winners Right Out of the Gate (Lisa Wemett and Olivia Durant )
Never Enough Nonfiction (Pam Spencer Holley)
Listening to Literature (Sharon Grover and Francisca Goldsmith)
Just Keepin’ It Real: Teens Reading Out of the Mainstream, presented by Rollie Welch
Reading: It’s Not Just about Books Anymore (Linda Braun)

Thrilling Young Adults: How to Keep the Attention of Today’s Teens (Amy Alessio)
Quickest of YALSA’s Quick Picks (Diana Tixier Herald and Diane P. Monnier)
Zine-a-Paloosa 2008: Teens and Zines! (Julie Bartel)
Explaining and Exploring Fandom, Fan Life, and Participatory Culture (Liz Burns and Carlie Kraft Webber)
Beyond the Rainbow Canon: Books for LGBT Teens (Angie Miraflor and Daisy Porter)
Books between Cultures (Mitali Perkins)
Connections: YA Literature and Curriculum (Jane P. Fenn)
Teen Readers’ Advisory: How Research Informs Practice (Jessica E. Moyer)

Four papers will be presented as well:
Are You There God? It’s Me, Manga: Manga as an Extension of Young Adult Literature (Lisa Goldstein and Molly Phelan)
The Age of Blank? Connecting YA Readers to Each Other and the World (Tom Philion)
Accept the Universal Freak Show: LGBTQ Themes in Contemporary YA Literature and Incorporating Them @ your library (Angie Manfredi)
Bullies, Gangs, and Books for Young Adults (Stan Steiner)

If all this wasn’t enough for one weekend, the Symposium will kick off with a special Pre-Conference on Graphic Novels and Manga. There will also be special breakfasts, lunches and other really fun events!

Registration will begin sometime around May 1st. There will be two Symposium Scholarships- one for a practicing librarian and one for a library school student who is focusing on teen services. More details will be coming soon.

For more information, visit the Young Adult Literature Symposium website, http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yalitsymposium. A wiki will be coming soon.

The YALSA Update: Valentines & Deadlines

Tell Your Librarian You Love Them

This Valentine’s Day, have your teens, parents, children and library supporters flood federal elected officials’ district offices with Valentines that express love for your library and its staff and ask for support for important legislation.

The ALA Youth Divisions – AASL, ALSC and YALSA – are sending out a call to action to library workers to have teens, children, parents and library supporters in their community send “I Love My Teen Services Librarian” or “I Love My School Librarian” Valentine cards to their U.S. Senators and Representatives, and to ask their elected officials to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act &/or support LSTA funding for libraries.

Learn more on how to participate at the I Love My Librarian Campaign Wiki.

Great Stories Club Applications Due Next Week!
Apply by February 15 for a Great Stories Club program grant!

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with YALSA. Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Connect with hard-to-reach, underserved teens by conducting a Great Stories Club reading and discussion program in your library. All libraries located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens are eligible to apply.

For a list of the titles included, guidelines and the online application, visit www.ala.org/greatstories. You may also wish to review the Great Stories Club Resource Guide posted on this site as you plan your library’s application.

With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, publicprograms@ala.org.

Be A 2008-2009 Spectrum Scholar!
Starting in fiscal year 2008, YALSA will support one Spectrum Scholar! Applications for 2008-2009 scholars are due at ALA by March 1. To learn more about requirements and how to apply, visit the Spectrum Web site!

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.

Want to Get Involved? Join a YALSA Process Committee!
President Elect Sarah Cornish Debraski will begin appointing process committees (such as Teen Read Week, Intellectual Freedom, YA Galley and 25 others) and award juries (such as the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant and six others) this spring. So if you want to get involved, make sure to fill out a Committee Volunteer Form and submit it to the YALSA Office by March 1.

To learn more about YALSA committees, juries, and task forces, check out the committee descriptions or reread a few helpful blog posts about this very topic.

Early Registration & Housing for Annual
Annual Conference is just four months away! Make your plans to join us in Anaheim. Registration and housing for ALA Annual Conference 2008 is now open; for the best pricing, register by March 7.

What does YALSA have planned for Annual? Plenty! We’ll offer two preconferences—Got Tweens? Serving Younger Teens and Tweens and Turn Teens on to Reading through Booktalks—as well as the Edwards Award Luncheon, the Printz Awards Reception, and the Young Adult Authors Coffee Clatch. Find out about our special events at the Special Events page at ALA’s Annual Conference Web site.

Save the Date for the First Young Adult Literature Symposium
YALSA’s first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, How We Read Now, will be Nov. 7-9 in Nashville! Details on registration and more will be posted later, but you can find out the program slate now (and see the papers to be presented) by visiting the Young Adult Literature Symposium Web site.