This episode starts the podcast’s coverage of YALSA’s 2011 elections.’  The guest for this episode is Christian Zabriskie, a librarian in the Queen’s district of New York City and one of this year’s candidates for YALSA Board of Directors.

Interview with YALSA Board of Directors Candidate Christian Zabriskie

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You can find the full ballot of everyone running this year online here. Voting this year begins in March.

Our guest for episode 88 is Terri Snethen, Chair for ‘ the 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection committee. Hear how it all came together for the committee in it’s inaugural year.

YALSA Podcast#88

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After listening to the podcast, you can check out the committee’s work by seeing what made’ this year’s list.

This episode’s guest is Katie Robbins of Figment, a new website devoted to Young Adult literature and creative writing for teens.


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If you have a chance to check out Figment’s site, come back and let us know what you think in the comments field of this post. You may follow the links below to find Figment’s site as well as other resources mentioned in the episode.


Figment News Blog

Figment Review Blog

NY Times Article on Figment’s launch

This double-header edition of the YALSA podcast looks at some of the YALSA-sponsored events at the 2011 Midwinter Conference, featuring an interview with Penny Johnson on the pre-conference event’ Teen Services & The Whole Library Experience Institute and an interview with Pam S. Holley, organizer for the’ Not-So-Silent Auction.

YALSA\’s Midwinter 2011 Preview

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For more information about these events and all the other YALSA-sponsored events happening in San Diego at the Midwinter 2011 Conference, please visit’ YALSA’s conference wiki.

In episode 85, Matt Moffett talks board games with expert Gwen Fogel. Learn about the growing world of board games and how they can be used in your library’s programs.

Interview with Gwen Fogel

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After listening, you can check out the following resources mentioned in the episode:

National Gaming Day @ your Library

ALA Librarians Guide to Gaming

Board Game Exchange

Board Game Geek

Board Games with Scott

Library Game Lab of Syracuse

YALSA is trying something new at the ALA Annual Convention in New Orleans this year…a Table Talk Presentation.’  Instead of one topic dominating an entire presentation session, the Teen Services Mashup Table Talks will have multiple sessions running simultaneously, allowing attendees to get a broad sampling of ideas in a short amount of time.’  Think science fair for librarians, but more fun. While we have some great presenters already lined up, we’d like a few more to provide a richer variety of topics.

Maybe you’ve thought about presenting at ALA but never thought you’d have an idea big enough to fill an entire session.’  Or maybe you’ve never thought about presenting but’  you have a great program or concept you’d like to share. If you fit either of these situations, this is a great opportunity for you to step up and share some of those great ideas with the YA librarian community.’  More details and applications are available on the YALSA website and are due on’  Jan. 31, 2011. We look forward to seeing your ideas.

Jeff Lemire is one of the rising stars in the world of comics. A Xeric winner and multiple nominee for the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz awards he is probably most familiar to librarians as the writer and illustrator for his book Tales From the Farm, a 2008 Alex Award winner and the first volume of his critically acclaimed Essex County Trilogy. His current project is Sweet Tooth, a monthly title published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics and a 2010 Eisner nominee in the category of best new series. The first trade collection of the series, Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Woods, was published on May 12. Lemire answered the following questions via email in the month of May.

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I don’t know about you, but the last few days we’ve been getting a lot of requests for and questions about Iron Man. Whether they are trying to find out who Tony Stark is, how he can fly or just find some fun stories, I suspect it’s mostly to feed their energy into the US release of Iron Man 2 this weekend. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good idea to give a quick rundown on some of the movies this season based on comic books and the titles they are based on. Read More →

The past month has brought us two stories from the publishing world that highlight just how little most people understand copyright law.

The’  more widely-publicized story came to us from Germany. Seventeen year old Helene Hegemann became a literary star when her first novel Axolotl Roadkill came out in January to rave reviews. But it wasn’t long before blogger Deef Pirmasens discovered several long passages of the book were copied word-for-word from the pages of another German blogger known only as Airen. You can read the full details of the story on Time’s website, but Hegemann’s response has essentially been that what she was doing was not plagiarism but a technique often used in experimental literature sometimes called intertextuality. Read More →