Sponsorship Opportunities

2008 YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
“How We Read Now”
November 7-9, 2008, Nashville, TN
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

Symposium Information

Purpose: To provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, authors, publishers and others interested in young adult literature to gather and explore the depth and breadth of this vibrant and growing genre. 2008 launches YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium, which will be held every other year. YALSA is expecting 500 registrants for 2008.

Theme: YALSA’s first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, “How We Read Now” will investigate who, what, how and why the burgeoning teen population—the largest and most diverse in U.S. history—reads. The event will also explore the impact this generation is having on young adult literature and vice versa.

Program Book Advertising

Advertising is available in the Young Adult Literature Symposium Program Book and in YAttitudes, YALSA's quarterly e-newsletter, which will be sent Nov. 6, at the start of the symposium. The Program Book advertising deadline is Oct. 1 for reservations and Oct. 7 for materials.

Young Adult Literature Symposium Program Book Advertising Contract (PDF)

Young Adult Library Services / YAttitudes Media Kit (PDF)

In addition, advertisers can sponsor an email blast to Symposium attendees for $500. For details, please contact Stephanie Kuenn, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Preconference Hospitality ($5,000)

Treat the attendees of the preconference to food and beverage hospitality through this exclusive sponsorship. Registrants will enjoy a continental breakfast, mid-morning coffee and snack break, a generous mid-day lunch, and an afternoon beverage and snack break. Your generosity, name, and logo will be on display throughout the preconference!

Sponsor receives:

  • Public thank-you in workshop meal/break announcements
  • Opportunity to make a brief welcome announcement during the luncheon
  • Opportunity to display your organization’s product information or catalogs
  • Opportunity to network with attendees
  • Logo on signage and in program book
  • Logo and link to sponsor’s Web site from Symposium web site
  • Complimentary registration for four members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA

Internet Lounge ($5,000)

A key destination for symposium attendees, the Internet Lounge will have both wireless and desktop computers where attendees can check email, view and print important symposium information, and keep up with the symposium via the YALSA blog. As sponsor of this highly valued service, your logo will be large and very visible in the Internet Lounge, promoting your presence to both users and passersby for the duration of the symposium.

Sponsor receives:

  • Prominent logo recognition in Internet Lounge
  • Logo on screen saver of all monitors in Internet Lounge
  • Opportunity to display your organization’s product information or catalogs
  • Logo on signage and in program book
  • Logo and link to sponsor’s Web site from symposium web site
  • Complimentary registration for four members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA

Saturday Evening Networking Reception ($5,000)

Immediately following the educational programming on Saturday, this one-hour reception gives attendees an opportunity to discuss the day’s insights in a relaxed atmosphere. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks are served (at least one drink ticket per registrant).

Sponsor receives:

  • Public thank-you in workshop meal and break announcements
  • Opportunity to make a brief welcome announcement during the reception
  • Opportunity to display your organization’s product information or catalogs
  • Opportunity to network with attendees
  • Logo on signage and in program book
  • Logo and link to sponsor’s Web site from symposium web site
  • Complimentary registration for four members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA

Official Symposium Attendee Bag ($3,500)

Sponsored by HarperCollins

Each symposium attendee will receive an attractive canvas bag imprinted with your logo and the symposium logo. Conference attendees will use these bags throughout the event to carry their program books and session handouts. The bags will continue to be used long after the symposium in cities and schools all over North America, ensuring that your sponsorship will have an impact far beyond Nashville!

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo on each attendee bag (bags provided by YALSA)
  • Opportunity to include product information or catalogs in the bag
  • Complimentary registration for two members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site

Friday Night Networking Dessert Reception ($3,000)

Sponsored by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Yen Press

Be the first to meet and greet YALSA attendees! The Friday night networking reception kicks off the symposium with dessert, coffee, and great conversation.

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo recognition on signage at the event
  • Opportunities for members of the organization to network with attendees
  • Opportunity to display product information or catalogs from organization
  • Complimentary registration for two members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium Web site

Continental Breakfast ($3,000 each)

Saturday breakfast sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group

Sunday breakfast available for sponsorship!

Provide attendees with a continental breakfast prior to the days’ sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of your organization have the opportunity to network with the YALSA attendees.

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo recognition on signage at the Breakfast
  • Opportunities for members of your organization to network with attendees
  • Opportunity to display your product information or catalogs
  • Complimentary registration for two members of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site

Coffee Breaks ($2,500 each)

Saturday Morning Break sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union!

Two more available!

Provide beverages and networking opportunities to symposium attendees between sessions. (30 minutes)

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo in program and on signs displayed at beverage stations
  • Opportunities for members of your organization to network with attendees
  • Opportunity to display your product information or catalogs
  • Complimentary registration for one member of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site

Hospitality Room ($2,500)

Be the “angel” who provides a quiet, comfortable place away from the fray for speakers, staff and volunteers to refresh, refuel, or work quietly. Furniture and basic beverage service will be provided.

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo on signage and in symposium program book
  • Opportunity to display your product information or catalogs
  • Complimentary registration for one member of your organization
  • Automatic Corporate Membership in ALA/YALSA
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site

Official Symposium Pad/Pen Set ($1,500)

Sponsored by Capstone Publishers

Provide each conferee with a set of materials for note taking: pad and pen with the Symposium logo and your company’s logo. This practical amenity is sure to be used, and is the perfect way to promote your organization.

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo on pads and pens
  • Distribution to all attendees with registration materials
  • 50 sets for sponsor’s own use
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site
  • Logo in Symposium Program Book

Official Symposium Badge Holder/Neck Cord Wallet ($1,500)

Sponsored by Scholastic

These badge holders are keepers! Two compartments can hold a hotel key, money, or personal valuables, in addition to the Symposium name badge. Sponsoring this item will give your company high visibility—every attendee will be wearing it, displaying your logo and the Symposium logo throughout the Symposium and many will use it at future events.

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo on each badge holder (badge holder provided by YALSA)
  • Distribution to all attendees with registration materials
  • Link to your organization’s web site from the symposium web site
  • Logo in Symposium Program Book

Message Center ($500)

Sponsored by Pop Goes the Library

This is a very affordable yet highly visible sponsorship opportunity. The message center, with your company’s logo prominently displayed, is located in the registration area throughout the symposium. Here, conferees leave notes for each other and find each other. It’s a low-tech but irreplaceable communications tool for attendees!

Sponsor receives:

  • Logo displayed on message center
  • Link on symposium web site and in program

To discuss these options in more detail, or for additional information about ways to team up with YALSA at the Young Adult Literature Symposium, please contact Beth Yoke, Executive Director at 312.280.4391 or byoke@ala.org