YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium Needs You Think about joining YALSA in 2010 for the Young Adult Literature Symposium, Nov. 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M, with a theme’  of “Beyond Good Intentions: Teens, Literature and Diversity.” Proposals for programs, papers, and the preconference will be accepted at the symposium website through Oct. 1. We’re also giving away two stipends to offset travel costs, one for someone whose worked directly with teens in a library setting for ten years or less and one for a student in an ALA-accredited MLS program (you must be enrolled in an MLS program at the start of the symposium); stipend applications are due by Jan. 4, 2010. Details on both are available at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

Be an Emerging Leader! YALSA will sponsor two Emerging Leaders for 2010. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts them on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Applications are due Aug. 7. Learn more at the Emerging Leaders wiki.

After the jump, details on our online courses and member grants!

Online course registration open! Register today for one of YALSA’s fall online courses. This fall, we’re offering three courses (including two brand-new classes!): AIMing at Tweens: Advising, Involving, Motivating (taught by Teri Lesesne); Graphic Novels and Teen Readers: The Basics and Beyond (taught by Francisca Goldsmith) and Reaching Teens with Gaming (taught by Beth Gallaway). Read descriptions and register at’ YALSA’s Online Courses page.

Apply for Member Grants & Awards from YALSA Did you know that each year, YALSA gives out more than $35,000 in grants and awards to its members? It’s true! Start planning your application now. Begin by visiting YALSA’s Member Grants and Awards webpage. Our grants include the Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grant, which provides two members with up to $1,000 to attend Annual Conference for the first time; the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, which offers two members who work in a public library funds for collection development for teens; the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, which offers a $2,000 grant for a member who has performed extraordinary service to teens throughout his or her career; the MAE Award for Best Reading Program for Teens, which rewards an outstanding reading program; the Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant, which offers seed money for small-scale research projects; and the Great Books Giveaway, in which one or more needy libraries receive a year’s worth of review materials. Applications are due to the YALSA Office by December 1.

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