YALSA’s YA Forum is a members’ only discussion that takes place the first week of each month, which is this week! All YALSA members are invited to sign into YALSA’s space in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/yalsa) and join this week’s conversation on defending and stretching budgets, led by Monique Delatte! (Remember, this is for YALSA members only!)

Working with a budget is an important issue for every young adult and school librarian. Talking about and asking for money can be challenging, but having the skills to advocate for and defend your budget is an important part in supporting and growing library services to teens.’ YALSA will’ discuss tips and tricks for reviewing your contracts to make sure you are getting the most for your money,’ as well as’ how to communicate the importance of financially supporting teen services, where to locate financial support for teen programs and’  financial success stories. This discussion will be moderated by Delatte, a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and successful author and co-author of nearly $90,000 in’ grants.

The forum is open now and will remain open until 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday. So sign into ALA Connect and start discussing today!

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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