Finalists of YALSA’s digital literacy program contest, Shark Bowl announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/28/2015


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 picked six finalists for its digital literacy program contest, “Shark Bowl,” taking place at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco at YALSA’s President’s Program.

The six finalists, selected by the YALSA President's Program Task Force, are:

Chris Shoemaker, YALSA President, had this to say about the 17 proposals that were submitted for this contest, “Libraries across the country are working hard to help teens gain the digital literacy skills they need for 21st century careers.  We hope this contest will shine a light on some of the best practices going on in the library community.”

Each finalist will receive up to $1,500 each to defray travel and conference costs to the ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco where they will pitch their program ideas to YALSA’s panel of “sharks” during YALSA’s President’s Program from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29 in room 2014 W of the Moscone Convention Center. 

From the six finalists, up to three will be selected as winners and will receive a combination of technology and cash prizes to support their digital literacy work.  Prizes are generously contributed by 3D Systems and

For more information about the YALSA Shark Bowl, visit

View a full list of YALSA events and programs at the annual conference here. Advance registration for ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco runs through June 19, 2015. Register in advance for the best rates. Learn more and register here.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: