YALSA announces new electronic discussion list

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2006

YALSA announces new electronic discussion list

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce a new open discussion list, YA-MUSIC.

The purpose of this discussion list, which is open to both members and non-members, is to discuss how libraries can use music in all its forms to serve the teens in their communities. Librarians are encouraged to discuss recommended practices in collections and programming, as well as specific media, including CDs, MP3s and new emerging technologies. People wishing to subscribe to YA-MUSIC may do so online at http://lists.ala.org/wws/info/ya-music.

"To most teens, music is as natural as breathing--and just as important,” said Joseph Wilk, convener of YALSA’s Teen Music Interest Group. “Music accompanies teens when they read, do homework, play video games and hang out with friends. Music collections and services are critical for any teen-friendly library.”

“According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the circulation of audio and video collections keeps increasing,” said YALSA President Judy Nelson. “YALSA’s new list, YA-MUSIC, allows librarians a place to connect virtually and talk about these popular collections.”

The YA-MUSIC list joins many other YALSA discussions lists, such as YALSA-BK, which invites subscribers to discuss specific titles, as well as other issues concerning young adult reading and young adult literature; YA-YAAC, that offers information on programming, teen advisory groups, professional development, and just about everything else; and YALSA-L which provides news and information about ALA and YALSA programs and activities and provides subscribers a channel of communication for feedback to ALA and YALSA. For information on these lists, as well as other electronic resources from YALSA, please visit the Electronic Resources section of the YALSA site at www.ala.org/yalsa.

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.