Do you work on readers advisory or programming with teens?’  Don’t forget to sign up for the full day YALSA preconference Genre Galaxy:’  Explore the Universe of Teen Reading, on Friday, July 10 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Annual conference in Chicago.

Listen to many popular young adult authors including Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, David Lubar and Dom Testa. Enjoy hearing teens tell you what they really like to read and how you can reach them. Experience firsthand mini programs on mystery and un-romance themes. Read More →

Flip for New Members Now through March 23, YALSA is having a membership drive! Every time you recruit a new member between Jan. 23 and March 23, you’ll both be entered in a drawing to win a Flip Ultra camcorder. Increase your chances to win each time you recruit a new YALSA member. See the details and download the special recruitment form at!

Have a Great Idea? Tell YALSA and Win Prizes! YALSA announced the Great Ideas conference at Midwinter Meeting. Help YALSA achieve the goals listed in YALSA’s new strategic plan (PDF), and you could win a box of books and YALSA swag, have their idea and photo published in an issue of Young Adult Library Services and get to see their idea implemented by YALSA. The contest is open to all individual YALSA members as well as all YALSA committees, juries, task forces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards. There will be a first-place winner for an individual member and a first-place winner for a member group. Entry forms can be downloaded at and must be sent to by May 1. Winners will be announced the week of July 13.

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Midwinter: Just One Week from Today!
YALSA members arrive in Denver starting next week. Check back here for blog updates and podcasts throughout Midwinter and beyond (and keep up to date using Twitter!). We’ve got great stuff planned: the Reaching Diverse Teens preconference, the Happy Hour at Denver’s Cap City Tavern, and the Mixer & Tech Playground on Friday; All Committee’  on Saturday; the Blogger Meetup, Candidates’ Forum,’  BBYA Teens session, and the Discussion & Interest Group Open House on Sunday, and (of course!) the Youth Media Awards bright and early Monday morning. Read More →

Happy 2009! As you start your new year’s resolutions this year, be sure to include YALSA in your plans — whether it’s professional development, showing off your professional style, participating in Teen Tech Week and other YALSA initiatives, or getting more involved in YALSA in the new year!

After the jump: enroll in YALSA’s winter online courses, show off your style at YALSA’s What to Wear Fashion Show at ALA Annual, learn how to win a Flip Ultra in YALSA’s new member drive, submit questions for the YALSA Candidates’ Forum, and apply for Teen Tech Week Mini Grants!

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What’s your look? Do you, or someone you know, have a professional fashion sense that you think others can learn from? Do you like to find just the right clothing that combines your individual style with a professional appearance? If so, then you could walk the runway at YALSA’s first ever fashion event hosted by Steven Rosengard of Project Runway Season 4!’  Read More →

Contribute to Our Newest Book! Have a great teen programming idea that’s inexpensive? (Like, less than $100.) You could have it published in Cool Teen Programs under $100, edited by Jenine Lillian. You can find the questionnaire for the form online at and send it to by Nov. 20. Those whose programs are chosen for publication will be notified by Jan. 16.

YALSA’s Hitting the Road: We want to have a YALSA presence at a library conference in every state in 2009! If you’re planning on attending your state’s public or school library association conference in 2009 and are willing to volunteer some of your time to represent YALSA, we want to hear from you. The deadline to volunteer is Friday, November 14. You don’t need to be a teen services expert or a long-time member—you just need to have some enthusiasm and some time to volunteer. Apply for one of these options: host a social event, present a program or staff an exhibit booth. Learn more at the YALSA Road Trip wiki.

Find out more news from the YALSA Office after the jump.

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It’s Deadline Week for YALSA! Committee volunteer forms are due to the YALSA office on Tuesday; bundled registration for 2009 Midwinter and Annual end on Tuesday; applications for the YALSA Road Trip are due Tuesday; questions for our podcast with ALA President Jim Rettig are due Wednesday; and online course registration and advanced registration for the YA Lit Symposium end Friday.

Find out how to complete all your tasks for next week after the jump…

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First off, thanks to our YALSA bloggers for doing such a great job blogging ALA Annual Conference. We were happy to see so many thought-provoking posts and reflections on our week in Anaheim.

…speaking of Annual Conference

If you attended Annual Conference, be sure to take our post-conference survey. Help us improve our offerings and operations for Annual 2009.

Listen to the 2008 Printz Speeches

Couldn’t make it to Annual or want to relive the most exciting evening in YA literature? Then visit the Printz Award webpage and listen to mp3 versions of our winners’ speeches! Read More →