Yu wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/06/2015


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — Katie Yu, a media specialist at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, Maryland, won the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend provides Yu with up to $1,000 to attend the 2015 symposium, which will be held Nov. 6–8, at the Hilton Portland Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon.

 “I endeavor to provide a safe, welcoming and fun space where young adults are free to be themselves and explore their own interests," Yu wrote in her application.  “This means maintaining a diverse library collection representative of all race, gender, culture, language and/or sexuality which provides students with either a ‘mirror’ or a ‘window’.”

Yu’s supervisor talked about her commitment to young adult services. “Ms. Yu has transformed not only the media center, but overall teaching and learning throughout the building through her creativity, positive energy and dedication to excellence.”

The Young Adult Services Symposium will be held Nov. 6–8, at the Hilton Portland Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. The 2015 theme is “Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.” To read program descriptions, find out how to reserve a hotel room, and see the full list of registration rates, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #yalsa15.

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 www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.