Got an idea? Want to be paid for it? Here’s the catch. We’re looking for great ideas that mesh with the goals of YALSA’s Strategic Plan.

Announcing the 2010 YALSA Great Ideas contest – where you – individual members of YALSA and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards – can make your best ideas a reality.

You say you haven’t memorized the YALSA’s strategic goals and objectives? No worries – you can read the full plan here (pdf). In summary, the YALSA goals are:

  • Advocacy
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Continuous Learning
  • Member Recruitment and Engagement

These are the big goals – and under each category there are more specific objectives, like increasing member access to existing research relevant to library services to teens and increase regional training opportunities.

So think big – or think locally – what would YOU, as a YALSA member, like to see YALSA do to make your work better?’  Here’s your chance to share your idea.

The winners (there’s an individual category and a group category) of the Great Ideas Contest will receive a prize of $250 and, best of all, their idea will be implemented by YALSA!

Full details about the contest are available on YALSA’s home page.’ Applications are due May 1, 2010.

Please direct questions to Sarajo Wentling, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, at

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