First off, thanks to our YALSA bloggers for doing such a great job blogging ALA Annual Conference. We were happy to see so many thought-provoking posts and reflections on our week in Anaheim.

…speaking of Annual Conference

If you attended Annual Conference, be sure to take our post-conference survey. Help us improve our offerings and operations for Annual 2009.

Listen to the 2008 Printz Speeches

Couldn’t make it to Annual or want to relive the most exciting evening in YA literature? Then visit the Printz Award webpage and listen to mp3 versions of our winners’ speeches!

We Need Your Opinions!

YALSA is doing a major survey of its membership so we can better meet members’ needs and wants. It’ll only take a few minutes, and your answers can help shape the future of YALSA. Read more about the survey from President Sarah Debraski in the new issue of YALS, which should be landing in the mailboxes of members and subscribers any day now. Take the Membership Survey today!

YALS Receives APEX Awards Award of Excellence

Young Adult Library Services, the official journal of YALSA, received an Award of Excellence from the APEX Awards for Business Publications, in the category of Magazines and Journals Over 32 Pages.

Congratulations are in order for Valerie Ott, who oversaw the journal until her term as editor of YALS ended last spring, as well as the YALSA Editorial Advisory Board and the many authors who contributed to YALS in 2007.

Want to be part of this award-winning team? Fill out a Publications Proposal or contact YALS Editor RoseMary Honnold!

New Publications from YALSA

YALSA has two new publications available!

YALSA’s Excellence series offers guidance on how to replicate the best teen programs in the U.S. @ your library, and the latest version of the book is no exception! As you plan programs this summer and fall, be sure to check out Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, Fifth Edition, edited by Amy Alessio (YALSA, 2008) and find some inspiration.

Love YALSA’s award winners? Then pick up The Official YALSA Awards Guidebook, edited & compiled by Tina Frolund (Neal-Schuman, 2008). This information-packed volume includes essays on YALSA’s Alex, Edwards, and Printz awards, annotations for YALSA’s award-winning books through 2008, speeches from selected winners, and useful chapters on marketing YALSA award winners and adding them to the YA collection. It’s a great resource, so be sure to pick it up when you get a chance!

Emerging Leaders Application Deadline Coming Up

YALSA will sponsor two ALA Emerging Leaders in 2008—but you have to apply by July 31. Details and applications are available at the ALA Wiki.

Interested in Committee Work? Volunteer Today!

President-Elect Linda Braun will be appointing selection committees and other positions this fall. But you can’t get on a committee if you don’t submit an electronic Committee Volunteer Form. Want to learn more? Visit YALSA’s Committees, Juries and Task Forces page.

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Questions? Contact YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn.

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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