Welcome to the return of the weekly YALSA Update, in which you’ll find the latest news from the YALSA Office.

Coming to Anaheim? YALSA will keep you busy! For a complete schedule and full descriptions, visit the YALSA Annual Wiki; a complete schedule of YALSA’s programs with times and room numbers is available as a PDF.

See YALSA in the Exhibits! Stop by the exhibits booth in the ALA Pavilion (#1839-#1940) and pick up your YALSA ribbons, your free 25-pack of Books with Bite pamphlets, and a YALSA Passport to Teen Read Weekâ„¢. Then, take your passport to TRW Corporate Sponsor Mirrorstone Books (#2660) and the Promotional Partners listed in the packet and ask for a stamp. Bring your completed passport to the booth, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of two Flip Video cameras or a second prize of a Teen Read Week Products Pack from ALA Graphics, a TRW Promotional Partner. Everyone who completes a passport will receive a FREE Teen Read Week Manual. Read More →

Are you passionate about music? Or are you interested in sitting in on discussion from some of YALSA’s most music-focused librarians? Finally, are you going to ALA Annual? If so, YALSA’s Teen Music Media Interest Group has a few things planned for you.

First will be the YALSA Music Interest Group social event on Sunday, June 29 from 7-10pm at The Grove in Anaheim. Official “National Rock & Roll Library Tour” band The High Strung will be playing

The YALSA Music Interest Group’s official meeting will take place Monday the 30th from 4-5:30 PM. It is taking place in the Hyatt’s Imperial room and will consist of interest group business mixed with lively discussion about teens, music, and how they matter to your library.

~Joseph Wilk
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen

June is finally in full swing, and with Pride out of the way (in Boston, at least) it’s time for me to gear up for my other big event this month: Anaheim! The cat-sitter has been arranged, my discount park-hoppers are (hopefully) in the mail, and I’m now painfully aware of Travelocity’s double-billing policy for debit cards.

But with all my preparations, I don’t really have much of an idea of what to expect from the actual conference. Read More →

Are you a library school student interested in serving teens? Are you a librarian who works with library school students? If you answered yes to either question then add the YALSA Student Interest Group meeting to your Annual Conference calendar.

The meeting is on Sunday, June 29, from 10:30 AM to Noon at the Hilton Anaheim in the Capistrano Room.

During the meeting you’ll get to meet other students (and those that work with them), find out how YALSA can support you, discover how you can get involved in YALSA as a student, and discuss your ideas on the ways you would like to see YALSA support library school students.

As you get ready for the meeting check-out YALSA’s flyer on what’s available to LIS students. If you have questions before the meeting you can contact me, Linda W. Braun, lbraun@leonline.com.

Games, Learning, & Libraries Symposium
Registration is still open for the Gaming, Learning & Libraries Symposium (GLLS08) in Oak Brook, IL from November 2-4, 2008. This Monday, June 15th, marks the deadline for proposals for GLLS08. Topics of particular interest include game design, the gaming industry, accessibility, and assessment and evaluation of gaming programs. The Call for Presenters on the ALA TechSource wiki has details, or you can complete a form on Zoho Creator. Presenters will be notified by August 1, 2008. Details are online at: http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php.

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While my bags are not packed yet, I have already given some thought to the size of the suitcase I am bringing to conference so that I have maximum tote-age for the goodies I will take back home. For those of you new to conference, make plans now to either use the shipping area in the exhibit hall or pack light and use the extra space for the return trip.

On a more serious note, there is so much to do and see always at annual. If you have never attended a committee meeting, sit in on one of the open sessions of BBYA, Quick Picks, Audiobooks, etc. A group interested in starting a Reader’s Advisory group will meet at annual for the first time. Here is the info: Read More →

I just wanted to mention a couple of things happening with the Amazing Audiobook Committee. First of all we have our latest nominations listed on the website. Those are some of the most amazing examples we have listened to so far, the cream of the crop!

I also want to mention again that we live for your field nominations. Don’t hesitate, don’t be embarrassed or shy…just do it! Check out the nomination form.

Have you ever sat in on a committee meeting? Let me tell you, they are quite an experience that can’t really be described…only seen IRL. Just your luck, at the ALA Annual convention in sunny so cal, you can get that experience at the Amazing Audiobooks meeting. Don’t miss our lively conversations about some of our favorite titles that have already been nominated. The Amazing Audiobooks is meeting on Sunday, June 29 from 1:30 – 5:30 at Annual. We’ll be in Room 304 of the Anaheim Marriott and I hope to see you there.

Keep Listening! -nk

Forwarded from Jenny Levine:

Want to present at the second annual ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium taking place on November 2-4 in the Chicago area? Find out more about submitting a proposal at http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php/Call_for_Presenters. The deadline is June 15, 2008.

Help us make GLLS2008 even better than last year’s event! Questions? Email Jenny Levine at jlevine@ala.org.

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2008 Annual Conference LogoYes, it’s still several weeks away, but it’s really not to early to start thinking about what YALSA’s up to for Annual in Anaheim. I just decided to put programs, meetings, and events on my Google Calendar and was reminded what a full-schedule of offerings YALSA has put together for attendees. For example:

  • On Friday, June 27, there are two pre-conferences to choose from. One on booktalking and one on serving younger teens and tweens. Both require pre-registration.
  • Friday, June 27, is also when YALSA will host it’s third annual YALSA 101 meeting. This is when Conference attendees get a chance to find out what YALSA is all about. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved, and aren’t sure how, this is a good chance to get your questions answered
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For many months I’ve been looking forward to the launch of YALSA’s new blogging platform and interface. Now that I can’t look forward to that anymore, I’m thinking about what’s next on my looking forward to list. Some items are:
ALA 2008 Conference LogoALA Annual Conference 2008
In Anaheim those interested in teen services can look forward to pre-conferences on serving younger teens and tweens, programs on topics like reaching teens outside the library and youth advocacy, technology poster sessions, and the President’s Program on Third Space. You can find more about what’s coming in Anaheim on the YALSA wiki.
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