In this YALSA Podcast,’  Seattle librarian Laurie Amster-Burton, a 2009 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant recipient,’  shares her experience at ALA Annual, including attending events, going to the exhibits, meeting teens and other YALSA members, and more.


In addition to the Baker & Taylor grants, YALSA gives more than $40,000 in grants and awards to its members each year. Learn more and apply by Dec. 1 at

You can also download this podcast, and others, at YALSA’s Podcasts site.

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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Show off your Teen Tech Week skills Tell us about your amazing Teen Tech Week plans! YALSA and the Technology for Young Adults committee seek presenters for a poster session on Teen Tech Week best practices for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Applications are due on Oct. 17.’  Learn more and apply at the Tech Poster Session webpage.

Get the word out for Teen Read Week Teen Read Week is coming up fast! Tell your community and school what you’re planning by using the Teen Read Week publicity tools and listing your events on the 2009 Teen Read Week wiki.

Register for YALSA’s pre-Midwinter events Registration is now open for YALSA’s pre-Midwinter events! Sign up for the Midwinter Institute, “Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition” (featuring Cory Doctorow and others) and’ Midwinter Social Event,’ “Games, Gadgets & Gurus.” Register for both and save! Register through Midwinter registration or, if you only want to attend these two events, by downloading this form (PDF; skip section I) and following the directions at the YALSA wiki.’ Want to add these events to an existing registration? You can add events two ways: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration.; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Midwinter registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added. You can see all of YALSA’s plans for Midwinter at the YALSA Midwinter Wiki,

After the jump, find out how to apply to edit YALSA’s new literature blog, propose new continuing education for YALSA, and apply for more than $40,000 in grants and awards from YALSA!

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Money makes the world go ’round … and it pays to be a YALSA member!

This is it! Today is your last day to save $25 on Midwinter Meeting 2008 registration or to enter your fantastic Teen Read Week celebration into our Win a Visit from Tiffany Trent Contest (approximate value: $1,500).

…and Tomorrow is your deadline to apply for one of YALSA’s many grants and awards. We’re giving more than $33,000 to our members, and you could be one of them.

Plus Cash for Teen Tech Week! Registration just opened, plus we’re giving out twenty Mini Grants to YALSA members for Teen Tech Week! Have an awesome idea to celebrate Teen Tech Week at your library, but don’t quite have the funds to pull it off? Tell us about it, and you could win $450 cash for Teen Tech Week activities, services, or resources , plus $50 worth of Teen Tech Week products from ALA Graphics. Official rules and the application are at the Teen Tech Week Web site. Mini Grant applications are due January 7, 2007. Questions? Contact Nichole Gilbert at

Check back to the YALSA Blog for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at

Two Weeks
So what happens in two weeks? A lot!

Advanced registration for Midwinter Ends! If you register for Midwinter by November 30, you’ll save up to $25 on your fees. (providing you’re an ALA member; nonmembers will save even more). You don’t want to miss all the stuff we have planned: the @ your library kickoff event, the Best Books for Young Adults Teen Input Session, and the Youth Media Awards!

Plus, YALSA’s offering some great special events at Midwinter, like the Gaming Extravaganza ($40) and the full-day institute Taking Teen Services to the Next Level ($100 for YALSA members, retirees, and students). You do not need to register for Midwinter to attend the institute or the gaming extravaganza.

You Can Still Win a Visit from Tiffany Trent! Your Teen Read Week program was probably amazing. Tell us all about it and if yours is the best program from 2007, you could win a visit from YA author Tiffany Trent, courtesy Teen Read Week Corporate Sponsor Mirrorstone Books! Entries are due on November 30, so get your entries in today! Application form and official rules are available on the Teen Read Week site.

Applications Due for YALSA’s Grants and Awards! You’ve still got a little time, but applications are due to the YALSA office by December 1. YALSA gives out more than $33,000 in grants to its members every year in several categories. Check out our awards, as it’s not too late to apply.

The next YALSA Update will be November 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Every Thursday, check back to the YALSA Blog for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at

Welcome to the return of the YALSA Update! We’re happy to bring back this weekly feature, sharing news and other information from the YALSA Office, every Thursday.

Changes to YALSA’s Wikis

YALSA’s Wiki
(and the YALSA 50th Anniversary Wiki) will now require registration for editing. Both wikis have suffered near-daily spam attacks, and registration will protect our content from abuse. Registration won’t take more than a minute—simply click the “create an account” link in the top left corner and follow the directions. Once you have an account, please continue to participate in our wikis! If you have any questions, please contact me at

Awards and Grants—Three Weeks Left to Apply!

Each year, YALSA provides more than $33,000 in grants and awards to its members, and it’s not too late to apply for them! Applications must be received in the YALSA Office by December 1, 2007.

YALSA’s grants and awards include:

  • Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants
  • BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant.
  • YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award. (This award is given out every other year; it will be given out in 2008, with a December 1, 2007 deadline)
  • Sagebrush Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program
  • Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant
  • Great Book Giveaway Competition

To learn more, visit YALSA’s Grants and Awards page.

Every Thursday, check back to the YALSA Blog for a rundown of news and updates from the YALSA Office. Send your questions and comments to Stevie Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at