Young Adult Library Services Association

YALSA announces 2013 Alex Awards

SEATTLE — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2013 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Jan. 25 – 29.

The 2013 Alex Award winners are:

Explore the Michael L. Printz Award with YALSA’s winter online course

CHICAGO— For the past decade, the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) has honored excellence in Young Adult Literature through its Michael L. Printz Award. Each year a committee of YALSA members scours the publishing world, seeking out the latest YA books that exemplify literary excellence. Join YALSA for an exploration of the Printz award, its origins, history, criteria, and its past and present winners in a new winter 2013 online course, Secrets of the Seal: The Michael L. Printz Award.

Wendy Stephens appointed as Member Manager of YALSAblog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Wendy Stephens as the member manager of its acclaimed YALSAblog. This blog delivers news, information and resources of interest to public and school librarians and library workers who work for and with teens.

YALSA announces 2013 Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO —  The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library is now open at

YALSA names 2013 William C. Morris Award finalists

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2013 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2013 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, in Seattle during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2013 finalists are:

Ivelisse Maldonado named YALSA’s 2013 Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO — As part of its commitment to furthering diversity in the profession, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) chose Ivelisse Maldonado as its 2012-2013 Spectrum Scholar. She has attended North Carolina Central University since August 2011, pursuing a Master of Library Science degree (MLS) with a concentration in school media.

Key stakeholders selected to attend YALSA’s Teens & Libraries Summit

CHICAGO — Fifteen applicants  have been selected to attend the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA)  Teens & Libraries Summit, Jan. 23-24, 2013, in Seattle.

The Summit, part of YALSA’s year-long National Forum on Libraries and Teens project,  will feature two days of speakers, panels and small group discussion to examine the current state of library services for and with young adults, and to explore how library services may need to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century adolescents.

Learn to reach reluctant readers with YALSA’s December webinar

CHICAGO — Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal, librarian at Western High School in Huntington, Calif. and past member of YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers committee, for a webinar discussion on “Reaching Reluctant Readers” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 13.

YALSA needs your hit teen program ideas for the 365 Days of YA online calendar

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for ideas big and small on easy-to-implement programs, services and activities for teens. The newly formed 365 Days of YA Taskforce needs tried and true ideas as it creates an online calendar full of teen service resources aimed at librarian generalists and paraprofessionals.   

YALSA celebrates at Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO — More than 500 librarians, educators and authors came to the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at the Arch in Missouri  Nov. 2-4, to celebrate teen reading at the third Young Adult Literature Symposium, held by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The 2012 theme was “The Future of Young Adult Literature:  Hit Me with the Next Big Thing,” and explored what lies ahead for young adult literature, including trends in content, format and interaction.


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