YALSA names 2020 Writing Award recipients

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/04/2020


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has named the winners of its 2020 Writing Award with individuals being awarded in four categories.

The winners are as follows:

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 certificate and be recognized at YALSA’s President’s Program/Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer. The award is supported through funds donated to Friends of YALSA. To learn more or to donate, 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.

The 2019-2020 YALSA Writing Award Jury Members are: Ellen Wickham, chair, Library Media Specialist, Raytown (MO) South High School; Kathleen Barker, Consultant, History UnErased, Lowell, Massachusetts; Hattie Garrow, Library Media Specialist, Smithfield (VA) High School; Kerry Townsend, Library Media Coordinator, Columbia (MO) Public Schools; Andrea Vernola, Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library.

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: yalsa@ala.org.