We are hoping you’ll join us on Tuesday at 1 PM! YALSA President Jack Martin (@JacksonDevious, @YALSAPresident) and I (@scouri) will be leading a Tweet Up about using Twitter in the library. Are you just getting started with Twitter? This will be a great chance to practice your skills! Are you a long-time Twitter veteran? What a great opportunity to share advice and experience! We’ll be using #yalsaprez to mark the conversation, so please find us.

Want some guidance on getting started with Twitter? YALSA Academy has just the ticket for you.

And if you want to know more about using Twitter at your library, this is your lucky week! The YA Forum will be exploring this very topic today through Friday. Join us for the conversation at ALA Connect!

YALSA’s YA Forum is a members’ only discussion that takes place the first week of each month, which is this week! All YALSA members are invited to sign into YALSA’s space in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/yalsa) and join this week’s conversation on defending and stretching budgets, led by Monique Delatte! (Remember, this is for YALSA members only!)

Working with a budget is an important issue for every young adult and school librarian. Talking about and asking for money can be challenging, but having the skills to advocate for and defend your budget is an important part in supporting and growing library services to teens.’ YALSA will’ discuss tips and tricks for reviewing your contracts to make sure you are getting the most for your money,’ as well as’ how to communicate the importance of financially supporting teen services, where to locate financial support for teen programs and’  financial success stories. This discussion will be moderated by Delatte, a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and successful author and co-author of nearly $90,000 in’ grants.

The forum is open now and will remain open until 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday. So sign into ALA Connect and start discussing today!

Next Monday, YALSA will launch a new member benefit: the YA Forum monthly discussion! All YALSA members are invited to participate in an asynchronous discussion on hot topics in YA services in YALSA’s ALA Connect space during the first week of the month. Each forum will be moderated by an expert in the field. Throughout the week members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the on-going discussion.’  The forum ‘ will open at 10am EST on the first Monday of the month and will close the following Friday at 3pm EST.

We’ll be kicking off YA Forum this Monday, April 4, with a discussion on self-censorship led by Stephanie Reynolds, convenor of YALSA’s Intellectual Freedom Interest Group.

To access the YA Forum discussion, you must be a YALSA member. Starting at 10 a.m. Eastern, members can join the conversation by logging into ALA Connect and choosing “YALSA” under “My ALA Groups,” then selecting “Discussions” on the upper right.

If you have questions or trouble accessing the discussion, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at egaus@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128.