YALSA’s Next Online Chat! Join YALSA on July 1 for our second online chat! President Sarah Debraski will lead a chat on summer reading programs in ALA Connect, starting at 8 p.m. on July 1. Details in this blog post. Can’t make it? Check the YALSA blog on July 2 to see a transcript.

YALSA Needs Usability Testers at ALA Annual Coming to ALA Annual Conference? Help YALSA and ALA improve website usability by signing up to be one of our usability testers! YALSA needs four usability testers to participate in a session on Sunday, July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in McCormick Place West W-472. Participants will receive a $50 gift card for the ALA Store. Interested? Contact Stevie Kuenn at skuenn@ala.org by Wednesday, July 1.

After the jump, read more about YALSA’s Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, the United We Serve Initiative, Quick and Popular Reads for Teens, and symposium deadlines!

The Ultimate Teen Bookshelf YALSA created a new document highlighting must-have teen materials, The Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, available both online and as a downloadable PDF. The list includes 50 books, five magazines and five audio books. Subscribers to the YALSA-BK electronic discussion list suggested titles for the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, which were vetted by Pam Spencer Holley and Judy Sasges.

United We Serve YALSA is part of the White House’s summer service initiative, United We Serve, encouraging teens and others to volunteer their time this summer. Add your volunteer opportunities for teens at Serve.gov and find resources for participating in United We Serve at www.ala.org/unitedweserve.

New Book! YALSA is thrilled to announce that its latest book, Quick and Popular Reads for Teens, edited by Pam Spencer Holley for YALSA (ALA Editions, 2009) is now available in the ALA Online Store! This fully annotated guide to the Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks lists also includes essays from top YA professionals on the lists’ history and using them in programming, displays, and readers’ advisory.’  Interested in meeting the author? Pam Spencer Holley will appear at a meet-and-greet session in the YALSA Booth at ALA Annual (#3034) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. See you there!

Propose a Symposium Program or Apply for a Symposium Stipend YALSA is currently accepting proposals for full or half-day preconferences at the symposium, programs at the symposium, or paper presentations at the symposium. Applications, as well as guidelines, can all be downloaded at the symposium website. Proposals are due to the YALSA office by Oct. 1, 2009 and applicants will be notified of status by Jan. 15, 2010. In addition, YALSA will again provide two stipends to members to attend the symposium: one for a student who will be enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program as of Nov. 5, 2010 and one for a library worker who has worked directly with teens for 1-10 years. Each will receive up to $1,000 to attend the symposium. Applications are available at the symposium website and are due to the YALSA office by Jan. 4, 2010.’  The 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium will take place Nov. 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is funded in part by the William C. Morris Foundation.

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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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