Annual Starts Next Week! Here’s what you need to know as YALSA prepares for ALA Annual Conference!

Coming to Chicago? Download the PDF Schedule to see where all of YALSA’s meetings and activities are. Read through the YALSA Wiki for details on our programs, meetings and events and to learn more about the city. Twittering about conference or posting photos to Flickr? Use hashtag #yalsaac09.

Can’t Make It? Keep your eye on the blog and on Twitter! We’ll be blogging, liveblogging, Twittering, taking videos and podcasting for all our members who couldn’t make it.

After the jump, details on YALSA’s conference plans!

Get in the Know If you’re arriving early, come to YALSA 101 on Friday, July 9 at Westin River North, Promenade Ballroom A from 4-5 p.m. We’ll offer an overview of the division and its activities. New members and those considering membership will learn more about the benefits, and established members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity.

Buying Tickets Onsite: Tickets will be available onsite for the YALSA Happy Hour & Fashion Show ($10) ; the Morris Award Presentation & YA Authors Coffee Klatch ($25 onsite; limited availability); and the Printz Program and Reception ($35 onsite). Tickets can be purchased at the door from YALSA staff.

Other Award Events: On Sunday from 10:30-12:30 in McCormick Place West, W-179, Alex Award-winning authors’  Toby Barlow for his book Sharp Teeth, Stephen G. Bloom and photographer Peter Feldstein for their book The Oxford Project, Hillary Jordan for her book Mudbound and Todd Tucker for his book Over and Under will be speaking. On Monday, after the President’s Program and Membership Meeting, attend the Odyssey Awards Presentation and Reception, with appearances by Mirron Willis and Sherman Alexie. Refreshments at Odyssey are courtesy of the Audio Publishers Association.

Events in the Exhibits: YALSA will host two meet-and-greet sessions in its booth in the Membership Pavilion (#3034). On Saturday, July 10, come meet Pam Spencer Holley, editor of YALSA’s latest publication, Quick and Popular Reads for Teens, from 3-4 p.m. On Sunday, YALSA’s president, Sarah Cornish Debraski, will be available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

Wireless at Conference ALA is paying for WiFi only at McCormick Place’s West building during the ALA Conference. It will be available at no charge in the public areas and meeting rooms in the West building and the Hyatt Conference Center. It will not be available for free in the Exhibit Hall, South Building or in the other hotels (w/ the exception of the Hyatt conference center). The following applications and Internet activities will NOT function and/or may disrupt other attendee access:

  • Audio, Video, Data Streaming
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Net Meeting (inbound or outbound)
  • Inbound SNMP
  • Inbound Remote Control applications (Citrix, PC Anywhere, Remote Terminal Service, etc)
  • Routing Devices
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Inbound FTP
  • Advanced Instant Messaging (such as whiteboard sharing)

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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