YALSA celebrated the diversity of teen literature by hosting our biennial Young Adult Lit Symposium in beautiful Albuquerque, NM. Many, Many thanks to all of the members of the YA Lit Symposium Task Force and their chair, Heather Booth for all of their hard work.


  • Attended YA Lit Symposium in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Shared information and feedback from the Executive committee with various committees to move their work forward.
  • Opened a discussion with board members on retiring the stand-alone youth participation guidelines and ensuring that youth participation principles are integrated throughout all of YALSA’s guidelines on teen services.’ ‘  YALSA will continue to maintain a policy on teen participation at conferences.
  • Opened a discussion with board members on policies and procedures for the new Readers’ Choice List, which will debut in Feb. 2011.
  • Facilitated an online Chair Chat on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 2010 for Chairs of YALSA committees, taskforces, advisory boards and juries.
  • Assisted the Research Committee in making plans to move work forward for an updated research agenda and to plan for a poster session at annual 2011
  • Selected a Guest Editor for the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults


  • Preparing to chair YALSA board meetings at ALA’s 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, CA
  • Preparing to represent YALSA at the Joint Youth Divisions’ meeting held during the Midwinter Meeting
  • Filling vacancies on an as needed basis to complete committee rosters


  • Finalists were announced for the Morris short list and the 2011 Nonfiction Award awards.
  • Tell us about your advocacy efforts and you could win $500! Learn more about YALSA’s Thinking Big about Advocacy Contest. ‘ Applications due February 1, 2011.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the member editor position of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults! The new term will begin with the Spring 2011 issue. Applications are due Jan. 31. Learn more.
  • Registration is open for several YALSA’s webinars and online courses. Register here for Gear Up for Summer Reading (Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Eastern) and Tech 4 U: Technology Programs for Every User (Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Eastern) and YALSA’s self paced Online Course: Connect, Create, Collaborate: Supporting Teen Needs with Technology. Learn more.
  • Register now for Teen Tech Week 2011! Check out planning ideas, apply for a mini grant and more! Mini grant applications are due Jan. 3! Mix and Mash @ your library, March 6-12, 2011.


–respectfully submitted, Kim Patton

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