The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its 2017 YALSA Writing Award, with members winning in four categories.
The winners are as follows:
- Anthony S. Chow, Rebecca J. Morris, Amy Figley, Karla Regan, Samantha Lam, and Jessica Sherard for the best article in The Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults: “How Usable Are School Library Websites? A Random Sample of All Fifty States” Vol. 7 (2) June 2016
- Megan Emery for the best article in Young Adult Library Services: “A Teen Space Made for Career Prep” Vol. 14 (4) Summer 2016
- Danielle Jones for best post on the The Hub between Dec. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2016: “Racial and Social Justice Podcasts for Teens”
- Elise Martinez for best post on YALSAblog between Dec. 1, 2015, and Nov. 30, 2016: “Back to (After)School: A Week of Passive Programs”
The winners of the journal articles will each receive a $500 monetary award due to the more extensive nature of their work while the winners of the blog posts will each receive a $200 monetary award. All winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at YALSA’s Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference this summer in Chicago. The award is supported through funds donated to Friends of YALSA. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/give.
The YALSA Writing Award recognizes the contribution of YALSA members who have written an article or blog post for the association’s journals or blogs that is timely, original, relevant to YALSA members and well-written. Each year, YALSA’s blog managers and journal editors select a shortlist of up to five articles or posts that meet award criteria to submit to the YALSA Writing Award Jury. Items are selected based on the following criteria: applicability to a variety of library settings, originality of ideas, timeliness, relevance to young adult librarianship, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation and contribution to the YALSA membership. The articles must address young adult library services or information regarding young adults that can be applied usefully to young adult library services.
The 2016 YALSA Writing Award Jury members are Kim Herrington, chair, Librarian, Robert Turner College & Career High School, Pearland, TX; Krista R. McKenzie, Library Services Supervisor of the Media Department, Lewis J. Ort Library, Frostburg, MD; Ellen McTyre, Young Adult Librarian, Mamaroneck Public Library, Mamaroneck, NY; Sonja Somerville, Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR; and Dawn M. Treude, Library Assistant in Youth Services, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale, AZ.
The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.