Next week, ALA will begin migrating its wikis to a new server. Beginning Monday, April 18, all ALA wikis will be locked down for editing during the migration. You will be able to read content, but you won’t be able to update it. As the migration progresses, wikis will be opened for editing, but due to the volume of work involved in the migration, the outage could last until Friday, April 22.

So, to summarize: you can still read content on any ALA or YALSA wiki, but you won’t be able to make any changes. If you have any questions about the wiki migration, please contact Stevie Kuenn, YALSA’s web services manager, at

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but rest assured, this will improve our wiki services. Thank you in advance for your patience!

As many of you know, many of ALA’s wikis (including YALSA’s) have been the victims of a malware attack. So, when you go to the any site that uses as its URL, you’ll get a red screen notifying you that this is an attack site.

ALA has removed the file causing the attack designation, so our sites are safe again, and is working with Google to remove the warning. We’re hoping this will be done very quickly. In the meantime, we have found out that the site is opening without any trouble in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. For updates, please check the YALSA Blog, the YALSA Twitter, the YALSA Facebook or YALSA’s electronic discussion lists, and please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at with any questions.

We had an awesome chat Wednesday night about Teen Read Week and shared some great ideas for programming and promotion. If you weren’t able to make it to the chat it isn’t too late to share your own! You can go to the Teen Read Week page on the YALSA wiki ( and add program ideas, check out booklists, and find out what other libraries are doing around the country.

There’s still time to register for Teen Read Week if you haven’t already done that, too. Just go to the Teen Read Week page at and click on Registration!

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