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YALSA Communications Specialist

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For Immediate Release

July 15, 2008

Young Adult Library Services receives APEX Award

Young Adult Library Services (YALS), the quarterly journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), received an Award of Excellence from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

YALS was recognized in the category of Journals and Magazines over 32 pages. The journal won for issues from its fifth and sixth volume, which were edited by Valerie Ott. RoseMary Honnold is the current editor of

YALS is the official journal of YALSA. It serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians serving young adults, ages 12 through 18. It includes articles of current interest to the profession, acts as a showcase for best practices, provides news from related fields, publishes recent research related to YA librarianship, spotlights significant events of the organization and offers in-depth reviews of professional literature.

“It's wonderful to have
YALS recognized by the APEX Awards,” said President Sarah Debraski. "The award is a testament to the hard work of our editors and contributors, as well as our organization."

The APEX Awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. More than 800 journals and magazines entered the annual competition. A full list of winners is available at

To learn more about
YALS, visit and click on “Publications.”

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