Young Adult Library Services Association

Recipients of Volunteer of the Year Award announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded two recipients with the Volunteer of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of YALSA during a given service year.  This year the award went to Sarah Hashimoto for her work as a member of the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Committee and Robin Fogle Kurz, chair of this year’s William C. Morris Award Committee.

YALSA names 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA). The list, drawn from 167 official nominations, is presented annually around the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The complete list of 97 titles, including annotations, can be found here.

This year’s PPYA committee produced four lists of titles arranged by the following topics:

Hendershot wins YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Peggy Hendershot, youth information specialist at the Johnson County Library, Blue Valley Branch, the 2015 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens.  The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

Recipients of 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant announced

CHICAGO – Recipients of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Margaret A. Edwards Collection Development Grant have been announced. Seven winners and one runner-up were chosen.

The recipients are as follows with the runner-up denoted with an asterisk:

Couillard-Smith, Vittek win BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant

CHICAGO — Chelsea Couillard-Smith and Robyn Vittek were chosen as the recipients of the 2015 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Chelsea Couillard-Smith is a Youth Materials Selector at Sacramento (California) Public Library and Robyn Vittek is the Director of St. Clairsville (Ohio) Public Library.

Scaff wins Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded the 2015 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant to Ligaya Scaff. This $1,000 grant will provide seed money for her research project, “The Role of Photo and Video Sharing Applications in Teens’ Processes of Creative Expression.”

Abigail Phillips named YALSA’s 2015 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Abigail Phillips, a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at Florida State University, as its 2015-2016 Board Fellow. Phillips will begin serving as board fellow on June 29, 2015.

2015 Nonfiction finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2015 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2014. YALSA will name the 2015 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Feb. 2, in Chicago during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2015 finalists are:

2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 15 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

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