Linda Braun selected as YALSA Blog manager

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2006

Linda Braun selected as YALSA Blog manager

CHICAGO - Linda Braun, educational technology consultant for LEO: Librarians and Educators Online, has been selected as Blog manager of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Blog.

In her new role as Blog manager, Braun will be responsible for the content and look of the Blog and will work closely to recruit and oversee designated Bloggers.
The mission of the YALSA Blog is to provide a virtual space for publishing information about time sensitive issues and to provide a forum for members and the library community to discuss matters relating to the Young Adult (YA) field.
The YALSA Blog can be found online at

"The YALSA Blog allows YALSA to give members the opportunity to write and respond to important events, news, and technology related to teens and teen library services," said Braun. "As Blog manager, I'm looking forward to working with members to discover topics that need to be covered on the Blog, and then to work with those in the field who can write on those topics."

Braun has held numerous positions in the American Library Association (ALA) and YALSA including chair of YALSA's Web Advisory Committee, Teen Tech Week Committee and member of ALA's Website Advisory Committee.
In her independent consulting work she focuses on helping libraries, schools, and other educational organizations figure out the best way to integrate technology into their programs and services.
Braun frequently leads workshops on emerging technologies and their impact on teen life. She also spends time working directly with teens in libraries in order to help create technology-based programs that meet teen needs. Braun has written seven books on technology and libraries, is a columnist for Voice Of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and teaches at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

"YALSA has always been fortunate to have many talented members who put their expertise to work for the division," said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley.
"Linda's selection as YALSA Blog manager is one more example of member talent being put to good use."

YALSA is the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). 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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: