As summer draws to a close,’ we know what’s at the forefront of your mind—next year’s ALA Annual Conference!

Right?

Well, okay– maybe you’re busy wrapping up your’ successful Summer Reading Program and starting outreach to teachers for the new school year… but now’s the time to look ahead to 2012!

YALSA members can purchase bundled registration for ALA Midwinter and Annual during the month of September for a special price of $333 at www.ala.org/midwinter, and’ here are ten reasons why you’ll want to start making your plans for Anaheim now:

1. Chances to network with your colleagues. YALSA provides ample opportunities for meeting and sharing ideas with other teen services librarians, such as Speed Networking for YA Librarians and the YALSA Happy Hour.

2. You could meet your favorite author. Have your cell phone camera ready and don’t miss YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch, a ticketed breakfast event that’s like speed dating– with authors!

3. Opportunities for professional development. The conference sessions are all about practical information that you can absorb and take back to revitalize what you do at your library. The full schedule of YALSA sessions will be announced soon, and there’s sure to be something for everyone. Read More →