Happy 2009! As you start your new year’s resolutions this year, be sure to include YALSA in your plans — whether it’s professional development, showing off your professional style, participating in Teen Tech Week and other YALSA initiatives, or getting more involved in YALSA in the new year!

After the jump: enroll in YALSA’s winter online courses, show off your style at YALSA’s What to Wear Fashion Show at ALA Annual, learn how to win a Flip Ultra in YALSA’s new member drive, submit questions for the YALSA Candidates’ Forum, and apply for Teen Tech Week Mini Grants!

Winter Online Courses Start the new year with continuing education from YALSA! We’re offering three online courses starting in February: Booktalks Quick and Simple, taught by Nancy Keane; Boys and Books, taught by Jenine Lillian; and Power Programming for Teens, taught by Amy Alessio. See course descriptions and register on the YALSA online courses web page.

You’ve Got Style, You’ve Got Class Calling all library fashionistas! We’re putting a twist on the always-popular YALSA Happy Hour this year and offering What to Wear: The YALSA Happy Hour and Fashion Show, hosted by Project Runway Season 4’s Steven Rosengard. We’re looking for librarians who can demonstrate how to dress professionally without having to spend a lot of money and while keeping a sense of personal style. Interested? Submit the What to Wear application (PDF) or nominate someone you know by January 30. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at ngilbert@ala.org.

Flip for New Members Beginning Jan. 23, YALSA is having a membership drive! Every time you recruit a new member between Jan. 23 and March 23, you’ll both be entered in a drawing to win a Flip Ultra camcorder. Increase your chances to win each time you recruit a new YALSA member. See the details at www.ala.org/drive2009!

YALSA Democracy for All At ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, candidates from YALSA’s slate will be participating in the first-ever YALSA Candidates Forum! We’re looking for questions from all YALSA members, not just those in Denver. Got a burning question for YALSA’s future ladership? List it online at the YALSA Wiki.

Win $450 plus products for Teen Tech Week Through funding from Verizon Communications, YALSA is granting up to 20 mini grants worth $500 each for innovative Teen Tech Week celebrations.’  Read the rules and apply at www.ala.org/teentechweek by Jan. 19, 2009. Winners will be notified the week of Feb. 9.

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

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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