ALA Presidential Citations on Gaming Available ALA President Loriene Roy is giving out presidential citations to libraries that use games and gaming as tools for learning, literacy development and community development. YALSA members use gaming in creative ways—so nominate your library through the Presidential Citation Nomination Form in one of three categories: recreation, education or innovation. Applications must be submitted through April 21.

Come See Us at PLA We’ll be exhibiting in the ALA Booth (#1621) at the Public Library Association National Conference. Stop by and pick up cool YALSA freebies, your member ribbon, and enter a raffle to win a FREE online course from YALSA. On Thursday from 1 to 2 and on Friday from 11 to noon, meet YALSA President Paula Brehm-Heeger—bring your questions and ideas because she’s eager to hear them! We’ll also be hosting a happy hour at The Local, 931 Nicollet Mall, on Thursday from 5-7. (And make sure to mark your calendars for the Beginners’ Guide to Serving Teens preconference on Tuesday and the Reference Guide for Teens program on Saturday). To learn more about the conference visit We’ll see you there!

Deadlines, Deadlines Remember, applications for the Support Diversity Conference Stipends are due March 31—we’re giving out two $1,000 stipends to come to Annual Conference in Anaheim, so get your application together today. And send your teens to their computers! The Teen Technology Survey is taking answers from teens through March 31.

We’re Moving The YALSA blog is migrating to a new location and a new blogging system (WordPress) in April. So what’s that mean? The YALSA blog will be located at (it’s, uh, not ready yet), and our move to WordPress will give us some really great new features for both our intrepid bloggers and all of our readers. The YALSA blog will be unavailable March 31-April 4 while we move content from this blog to the new site. Keep an eye on the current YALSA blog for more information (including RSS updates and more). If you have questions about the YALSA Blog makeover, please contact blog manager Linda Braun ( or myself at

Check back to the YALSA blog each week for a rundown of news and events from the YALSA Office. Comments? Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn at

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

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