Young Adult Library Services Association

Beyond the birds and the bees: what to do when teens talk sex in the library

CHICAGO — Teens often bring their questions about sex — or questions  “from a friend” — to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for "Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens," YALSA’s July 19 webinar at 2 p.m. EDT. Registration is open at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

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YALSA releases new Teen Space Guidelines

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, published a new set of national guidelines on teen spaces. The Teen Space Guidelines offer library staff a blueprint for creating effective, welcoming spaces for teens in libraries and online using library websites and social media. The guidelines are available on the YALSA website, with a PDF version available for library staff to print and use during training sessions.

YALSA seeks editor for award-winning quarterly journal

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member editor for its award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services, and its online companion. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app now available in the Apple App Store

CHICAGO — Teen lit fans, library staff, educators, parents and teen readers with Apple devices can now visit the Apple App Store and download the free Teen Book Finder, the first app created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award grants to 40 Libraries

Grants to fund summer internships for teens at libraries

CHICAGO  — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the winners of its Teen Summer Internship Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Forty libraries are receiving $1,000 to help fund summer internships for teens.

YALSA seeks proposals for Trends Impacting Young Adult Services paper presentation at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks proposals for its Trends Impacting Young Adult Services Paper Presentation, sponsored by YALSA’s past presidents and held at Midwinter Meeting. Proposals are due by June 1. The presenter will receive up to $1,500 to defray travel and registration costs.  The paper will be published in YALSA’s peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference.

Shannon Peterson elected 2013-2014 YALSA president

CHICAGO — Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Shannon Peterson as the association’s next president-elect. She will begin her term as president-elect in June 2012, becoming president for one year in June 2013.

Connect teens with online tools in YALSA’s Source Code: Digital Youth Participation preconference

CHICAGO — As virtual and physical worlds continue to converge, teens need tools and support to harness information in a way that is meaningful to their particular needs and interests and as participants in diverse social and learning environments. Join YALSA for Source Code, a preconference panel session featuring experts who use technology to provide cutting edge and high impact programming to help young adults build 21st century skills as content creators and leaders in their library communities.