We’ve extended the application for YALSA’s Great Ideas contest to July 15, 2010!

YALSA needs your Great Ideas – and you could win $250 in cash! We’re looking for creative help from you to help YALSA achieve its goals.

Do you have an idea to:
make YALSA’s awards and booklists into household names?
ensure young adult and school librarians have access to important research?
help YALSA better advocate for quality library services for every teen in every library?
develop continuing education or career services that librarians need?
engage YALSA’s current membership and recruit new members?

Great ideas like yours will help YALSA achieve the goals laid out in its most recent strategic plan: Advocacy, Marketing, Research, Continuous Learning, and Member Recruitment and Engagement. A PDF version of the Strategic Plan is available here.

Who Can Apply?

All current YALSA members and official member groups, including committees, juries, taskforces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards.
How to Apply

Check out the guidelines for more information and the application form. Send your application to yalsa@ala.org as a single attachment no later than July 15, 2010.

Winners will be announced the week of Sept. 7, 2010. There will be a first place winner for an individual member and a first place winner for a member group. If there are no applicants in one of the two categories, we will choose two winners for a single category. Each prize is worth up to $250. Winners will have their idea and photo published in an issue of YAttitudes and have their idea implemented by YALSA.

Please direct questions to Sarajo Wentling, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, at: sjwentling@yahoo.com

About Maureen Hartman

I am the Division Manager for Strategic Services at the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota and a former Board member for YALSA.

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