YALSA offers two preconferences before Annual YALSA is coming to Washington, DC! In addition to our special events at ALA’s Annual Conference, we have two pre-Annual workshops on Friday, June 25 that you can attend without registering for Annual.

It’s Perfectly Normal: Dealing with “Sensitive” Topics in Teen Services (Ticketed Event– YALSA Member: $195; ALA Member: $235; Non-Member: $285; Student/Retired Member: $195.) Friday, 9-5. Have you ever found yourself worrying about how best to address critical but sensitive adolescent topics through your teen services and collection? Topics like sexuality, abuse, privacy and others can be difficult for librarians to address with teens &/or their parents and caregivers. Hear from experts in the field of adolescent development, along with authors and librarians, about how they have managed to successfully maneuver this difficult landscape. Explore strategies for collection development, services and programming relating to these sensitive issues. Authors participating: Ben Saenz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Nina LaCour, David Levithan, and Ellen Hopkins.

Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools (Ticketed Event-$99) Friday, 12:30-4:30. The participatory web has transformed adolescent literacy, as young people create and consume a new range of online content. Are you ready for it? Learn how libraries can use free web 2.0 tools to connect teens with reading and writing opportunities within and beyond your library collection. Librarians, reporters, and academics will explore teens’ daily use of technology and the interaction of digital and print reading channels, including fan fiction and gaming. YA authors will discuss leveraging readership through social networking channels. Authors participating: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Malinda Lo, John Green, David Levithan.

If you are planning to attend ALA Annual Conference, you can add either event to your registration at www.ala.org/annual.

If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you have added.

To register only for either of the pre-Annual workshops, please fill out the form at http://yalsa.ala.org/annual/event.pdf (skip Section I) and either mail or fax it to 800-521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters, 568 Atrium Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

After the jump, learn more about our webinar series, the next YALSA e-chat, our new mentoring program, the symposium’s program list, and more!

YALSA’s first webinar is March 31 YALSA is kicking off a webinar series on March 31, with an hour-long session on getting involved with YALSA! The first session is free, but future sessions (starting April 22) will cost $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers. There’s a group rate available for $195 as well. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars. Questions? Contact YALSA’s Eve Gaus at egaus@ala.org.

YALSA to launch mentoring program YALSA’s new mentoring program will pair an experienced librarian with a new librarian or graduate student in a Library Science program. YALSA believes that we all have important skills and knowledge that we can share with one another and so this program encourages protégés to share their skills and know-how with their mentor. Applications to participate in the program will open on April 5, 2010 and be accepted through June 30, 2010. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/mentoring.

Save the date! Learn more about the YA Lit Symposium: Registration for the Young Adult Literature Symposium opens in April! Prepare now by reading up on program descriptions and learning about the four preconferences. More information, including registration rates and how to book housing, available at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

YALSA’s April online chat YALSA will host its April online chat on April 7 in Meebo. Details on how to log into the private room and the password are available in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect. Thank you for your patience; we hope to host chats in ALA Connect in May.The April 7 chat will be on programming for older teens, hosted by Penny Johnson.

Win up to $1,000 to attend Library Advocacy Day YALSA will be giving up to $1,000 to five members to attend Library Advocacy Day on June 29 in Washington, D.C. Applications are due April 30. Learn more, including how to apply, in this blog post.

It’s election time It’s time to vote in the ALA/YALSA Election! On March 16, ALA began emailing ballot information to all members whose memberships were current as of Jan. 31 of this year. The email contains the URL and login for your specific ballot. It is the only way for you to access your ballot. If you haven’t received your ballot,’  contact ALA at membership@ala.org.

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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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