Young Adult Library Services Association

45 must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand! Join YALSA for Book Blitz Part II.  This webinar highlights 45 “Must Know” fiction and nonfiction YA titles released in the second half of 2012. Join Shauna Yusko, teacher-librarian at Evergreen Junior High in Redmond, Wash., and book reviewer guru for this fast-paced webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 18.

This webinar will address three areas of the YALSA Competencies:

Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s fall online course

CHICAGO — School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups, and how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out how in Navigating the Divide between Teens and Tweens, a new online course offered in fall 2012 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The self-paced course takes place Oct. 1 to Oct.

YALSA appoints Linda W. Braun editor of Young Adult Library Services

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Linda W. Braun as the member editor of Young Adult Library Services (YALS).

“I'm thrilled that Linda Braun will be our new YALS editor, YALSA President Jack Martin said. “Not only does she have the experience as a past president of our association, but she's a well-connected educator who always has her finger on the pulse of what's new and exciting in the world of library services for and with teens.”

YALSA receives grant from IMLS to host National Forum on Teens and Libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, was awarded grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $99,937.  The funds will be used to host a year-long National Forum on Teens and Libraries, which will include face-to-face and online meetings and conversations about the status of library services for and with teens.  The result will be a white paper that YALSA envisions will provide a plan on how libraries can best design and implement teen services in the years to come.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants funds to ALSC, YALSA

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $226,876 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

ALSC and YALSA will use the grant to support three important initiatives, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week™ and summer reading for teens.

Ten librarians win Teen Read Week™ Mini Grants from YALSA

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the winners of its 10 Teen Read Week Mini Grants. The grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, give each winning library $1,000 to use for events, programs and services to encourage teen reading and celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 14–20.

The 10 winners are:

Tilley selected to present paper for YALSA’s 'Trends in YA Event' at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — A Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Jury chose Carol Tilley, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, to present a paper at YALSA’s Trends in YA Services session at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Tilley’s paper is entitled “Comics: A Once-Missed Opportunity.” The Midwinter event, which is hosted by YALSA past presidents, will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

YA author Scott Westerfeld to keynote closing session for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — Scott Westerfeld, author of the Leviathan series, will be the keynote speaker for the general closing session of the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Voting now open for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens (aged 12-18) to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at www.ala.org/teenstopten. Voting is open now through Sept. 15.

UNC student Megan England wins student stipend for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — Megan England, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

England applied for the scholarship to attend programs that directly relate to her research interests, diversity in teen services -- especially LGBTQ issues.   Attending the Symposium will give her ideas for future research as well as better equip her for career as a young adult librarian.

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