Happy Teen Tech Weekâ„¢, YALSA members! Thanks go out to the Margaret Edwards Trust for funding the TTW mini grants, and thanks to the TTW Committee for the great e-resources they created.’  Many thanks also to Stephanie Kuenn, who submitted the application for a Carnegie Whitney Grant. Our application was successful and we received an ALA Carnegie Whitney Grant to self-publish a book focused on summer reading programs to be edited by Kat Kan. Thank you also to the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Jury for judging submissions and announcing the regional winners of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. Details on the contest, winners and the next round of the challenge can be found here.’  Thanks to the Mattel Foundation and WWE for funding the program.

  • Interviewed for the producer of Second Street Dreams radio show for a segment on the 2011 Printz Award.
  • Interviewed with Pamela Brill, freelance writer & editor of Talking Walnut Media, for an article about teens teaching tech classes to seniors.
  • Interviewed with Judlynne Gibson, radio producer, about the Printz Award.
  • Interviewed with a Chicago Tribune writer on Teen Tech Week and senior citizen-teen partnerships.
  • Taped a live interview with director/on air personality Nina Hajian on Teen Tech Week with Seattle’s KISS FM.’ ‘ 
  • Interviewed with’ Elizabeth Kennedy’ from About.com for an article on Teen Reading Trends:’ 2011 and Teens and Books and Technology and Libraries.
  • Interviewed with WPBZ (CBS Radio) regarding Teen Tech Week


  • President’s article for the Spring edition of YALS.
  • Filled vacancies on an as needed basis to complete committee/jury/taskforce rosters.
  • Opened a Board discussion and vote on directing the YALSA Program Officer for Continuing Education to pursue the development of a Youth Services Course for use with ALA-APA’s LSSC program.
  • Conferenced with the following Committee Chairs for: strategic planning, research, publications, nominating and the new YALSA lit blog, the Hub, to discuss progress and updates.
  • Set agenda for Board Conference call to discuss chair reports.
  • Participated in a conference call with ALSC President Julie Corsoro, who requested a mediated discussion between the ALSC and YALSA Executive Committees in October on ALSC’s scope of attention matter. ‘ ‘ The YALSA Executive Committee will discuss the proposal during their spring meeting via conference call on April 19.Contacted and congratulated all 2011 Teen Tech Week Mini Grant winners


  • Finalizing new appointments to recently added taskforces as a result of board decisions made at Midwinter. These included: Selected List and Awards Changes Evaluation Taskforce, Guidelines for Public Libraries Taskforce and the 2012 Midwinter Institute Taskforce.
  • Putting plans in place to kick off YALSA’s next round of the Strategic Planning process
  • Thanking chairs who have recently completed their terms and contacting their supervisors to share news of their accomplishments.


Registration now open for’ these webinars: The YA Librarian of Many Hats (March 17), Job Hunting Simplified (April 21), Best Practices in Teen Space Design (May 19) and Street Smart (June 16).

ALA’s Annual Conference will be held in New Orleans, June 23-28. Advanced registration ends’ May 13.’ Check the YALSA Wiki and plan now to attend the Reluctant Readers and YA Nuts & Bolts pre-conferences and other special events).

Apply for YALSA’s 2011-2012 Mentoring Program! We’re matching experienced librarians with new librarians or grad students for reciprocal mentoring. Learn more.

ALA/YALSA elections begin March 16! Prepare now by viewing a sample ballot (PDF) and catching up with blog posts and podcasts with 2011 candidates for YALSA offices and award committees.

Do you have fantastic summer reading ideas? You can send in your summer reading program for publication in YALSA’s upcoming book, YALSA’s Complete Summer Reading Manual for Teen and Tween Services. Learn more.

–respectfully submitted, Kim Patton

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