YALSA announces Teen Tech Week

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer


For Immediate Release
May 23, 2006

YALSA announces Teen Tech Week;

Logo contest to kick off the new initiative

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce Teen Tech Week, a new YALSA celebration aimed at getting teens to use their libraries for the different technologies that are offered there, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, video games and more. Teen Tech Week will be celebrated for the first time in March 2007.

To kick off Teen Tech Week, YALSA members are encouraged to have their teens submit a logo for the Teen Tech Week logo contest.

"Teens today have grown up with technology and are adept at using it on a daily basis," said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley.
"This makes teens the best group to design a logo for YALSA's newest initiative. I'm looking forward to seeing their entries!"

The winning logo will be used by YALSA in all marketing and promotional materials related to Teen Tech Week.
The logo must be original artwork, include the words Teen Tech Week, and incorporate a technology theme.
Five finalists and one winner will be selected. The logos selected as finalists will appear on YALSA's website,
. The winner(s) will receive a $50 gift certificate from Borders and will be interviewed for a YALSA article and press release. The librarian who turns in the winning logo on behalf of his/her teen(s) will receive $100 worth of books. Full contest details, including the official entry form, can be found online at

"By developing Teen Tech Week, YALSA demonstrates the important role technology plays in teen life and the need for librarians to integrate the ways teens use technology into their programs and services," said Teen Tech Week Chair Linda Braun.

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: