Congratulations! YALSA named its two 2010 Emerging Leaders! Anna Koval, teacher-librarian at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California, and Amy Barr, youth services librarian and assistant director at Kilgore Memorial Library in York, Nebraska. Both will attend the 2010 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The Emerging Leaders are funded through the Friends of YALSA.

E-Chat Next Week! Mark your calendars! YALSA’s monthly online chats return next week in ALA Connect. On Nov. 4, we’ll be discussing inexpensive programming and ways to stretch your programming dollars with Jenine Lillian, editor of the new YALSA book, Cool Teen Programs for under $100. To join us, visit YALSA’s area in ALA Connect. YALSA members should use their login for the ALA website. If you’ve lost your password, you can recover it through the ALA website. Once logged in, head to the YALSA area (it’s or you can navigate there within Connect by choosing “YALSA” from under “My ALA Groups”) and then click “Chats.”

Lit Blog Applications and CE Proposals Due 10/30! Interested in editing YALSA’s new blog, focused exclusively on teen literature? Read the announcement to see the qualifications and find out how to apply. The deadline to propose new continuing education (online courses and face-to-face institutes) is tomorrow as well; see our announcement for topic ideas and the proposal form. Applications for the new blog manager and the CE proposals are both due to Beth Yoke at tomorrow.

After the jump, find out how you can sign up for special events at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, apply for $40K in grants and awards, promote the Teens’ Top Ten at your library, or receive a stipend to attend the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium.

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Two YALSA members, Carla Land and Katherine Voss, have been named YALSA Emerging Leaders in the class of 2009.’  Carla and Katherine were two of many who applied to be an ALA Emerging Leader under the sponsorship of YALSA. As the congratulatory letter sent from ALA to the winners says, being sponsored by YALSA:

…means that the sponsoring organization has agreed to provide you with financial support for expenses for attendance at both conferences, up to $1000 total. Read More →

Last night was jam-packed for YALSA in Philadelphia. First stop was the YALSA Happy Hour which drew a large noisy crowd who got a chance to check-in with each other after, at least for some of us, not having face-to-face contact since Annual. One of the things I really appreciated about the event was the chance to meet new YALSA members or first-time Meeting attendees – thanks to those who did the introductions. The Emerging Leaders who attended told me about how wonderful the Emerging Leader experience was so far and how much they were able to bond with their fellow leaders over a very short period of time. It’s really exciting to hear from some of the people in the field who are willing to take on leadership positions and help bring teen services forward.

jennifer rummels winning avatarAfter the Happy Hour about 100 people attended YALSA’s 3rd Gaming Extravaganza. Game Crazy setup a host of Wii, PS3/PS2, and xBox 360 games for people to try out. Eli Neiburger setup tournaments and attendees went up against each other to win tournament prizes.

At the gaming program entries in YALSA’s avatar contest were voted on and a winner was chosen. Once the votes were counted Jennifer Rummel’s avatar was the winner.

A busy evening is followed by a busy day. Keep checking the YALSA blog for updates of what bloggers are up to at this meeting.