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Looking to join a Division or Roundtable?’  Want to serve on a committee, or find a mentor, peers or new colleagues?’  Or even just want to meet some like-minded fun people to hang out with?’  There is every opportunity and more at Annual to discover new relationships through networking!’  Here are some resources to use depending on what you’re looking for:

Annual 2014 Networking Events So Far

The full program and Scheduler will be available in late April, but ALA has already shared a few preliminary listings, for example:

The Conversations Continue . . .

“Continue in-depth, facilitated, and informal conversations, with an ongoing focus on advancing library-led community engagement. Help create a sustainable, scalable national plan as you participate in and move the conversation forward, examine the issues, process the implications, and consider practical steps, strategies, and tools that libraries can use to take action and engage with their communities.“

Unconference and Library Camp

“Join the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what you’ve learned at the conference.’  This participant-guided experience brings the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference.”

Networking Uncommons

“Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It’s a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, polish your presentation, follow up on a discussion, or just recharge your batteries. The area features tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. You can also check the topics each day to see what interests you.”

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Annual 2014 YALSA Events and Preconferences

Here are some examples YALSA networking events at the 2014 Conference. Attending these events and events like them last year and conversing with board members is actually how I came to be on the YALSA Local Arrangements Committee this year.’  You never know what sort of opportunities you’ll find! Check the YALSA wiki for an updated events listing.

YALSA Friday Workshop: 21st Century Teens: Literacy in a Digital World’ Friday, June 27th, 8:00am-4:00pm. This is a free workshop that you may apply to attend. Apply via this’ online form‘ by no later than April 1, 2014. Funding is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. . This program will address print literacy through an examination of resources such as the Common Core standards and their implication for the work of librarians and library workers serving teens as well as the multiple aspects of the teen digital experience. Using expert speakers, popular authors, and interaction with other participants, attendees will explore a range of topics, including: new methods of collaboration with schools, after school groups and other educational organizations; how to engage reluctant readers and improve service delivery to under-served populations; the impact of content creation, privacy, cyberbullying, and digital’ relationships will be considered in terms of library services. Relevant YA literature will be used as a prompt for discussion. All attendees will receive 8 hours’ worth of continuing education credits. A luncheon sponsored by’ Blink‘ is included.


What is the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)? How can this ALA division help you? Learn more in this mixer-style orientation, where you can get an overview of the division, its activities and what YALSA has to offer you. New members and those considering membership will learn more about the benefits, and established members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity!

YALSA President’s Program& Membership Meeting

Don’t miss the YALSA President’s Program titled:’ A Burning Need to Know: How Passion Connects to Learning‘ where you’ll have the chance to talk with others about how to create learning opportunities for teens in your library and in your community. In this highly interactive program participants will be able to talk with’ connected learning‘ coaches (librarians from schools, public libraries, and library schools) who will answer questions and facilitate discussion about how to bring the ideas of connected learning into the school and public library for and with teens.

Margaret A. Edwards Brunch‘ Saturday, June 28th, 10:30am NEW TIME Tickets are $39. Come join us for brunch and listen to the winner of the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award, Markus Zusak, speak about his writing. The award honors Zusak’s significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens, for his books “The Book Thief,” “Fighting Ruben Wolfe,” “Getting the Girl,” and “I Am the Messenger”.

YA Author Coffee Klatch‘ Sunday, June 29th, 9am Tickets are $25 Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk!

YALSA and Booklist Present: The Michael L. Printz Program and Reception‘ Friday, June 27th, 8-10pm NEW DATE AND TIME.Tickets are $34.’ Kick off your Annual Conference by attending the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception on Friday night! Come listen to Marcus Sedgwick, the 2014 Michael L. Printz winner for his book Midwinterblood speak about his writing. The honor book authors Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park); Susann Cokal (Kingdom of Little Wounds); Sally Gardner (MAGGOT MOON); and Clare Vanderpool (Navigating Early) will respond to questions submitted by local teens, followed by a reception.

Past Conference After-Hour Events

Librarians love to party, dontcha know? There are many after-hour events to attend from all divisions, roundtables and interest groups! This is the best way to meet new people in an unofficial, laid-back environment where you can socialize and network at your own pace with good drinks and, sometimes, food. Here are some past events from 2013 to give you an idea of things:

YALSA Happy Hour

Join members and those interested in joining YALSA to mingle at this informal Happy Hour. Cash bar. Everyone’s welcome!’ Info on YALSA Happy Hour at ALA Annual 2014 TBA.

Casual #partyhard Meet Ups

Although I’m not aware of what the hashtag will be for Annual, at Midwinter this year it was #partyhard wheresocialevents all of the after-hour meet-ups and parties were pinned onto a Google Map. It’s an extremely convenient tool to have to finding where the party’s at. The list to the right were all the events tagged at Midwinter.

ALAPlay 2013

ALAplay is a free, open evening of gaming, graphic novels and cosplay brought to you by the Games and Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels Members Interest Group. Get your Lovecraft on this year with games, giveaways and costumes.

‘ ALA Battledecks

“Who will reign supreme in the 4th Battledecks competition at ALA annual? This is truly going to be the highlight of your conference experience as these courageous individuals compete for the honor of being crowned the next champs of the deck.” SO much fun!’  This is an improv night like none other and is a great way to meet new people.

Hopefully these give you an idea of events where you can meet new people and develop solid professional and even personal relationships.’  There will be a lot more info as we get closer to conference so be sure to check the Scheduler and limit the subject to Networking to see what other programs come up!

Submitted by Soraya Silverman, YALSA Local Arrangements Committee

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