YALSA names Young Adult Literature Symposium stipend winners

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

August 12, 2008

CHICAGO — Lisa Lintner-Sizemore and Laura Anne Lowe will receive stipends for attending the 2008 Young Adult Literature Symposium, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The 2008 Young Adult Literature Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. It is sponsored in part by the William C. Morris Endowment. More information is available at

Lintner-Sizemore and Lowe will receive up to $1,000 to assist with travel and registration for the inaugural symposium, which will be held biennially beginning this year. Lintner-Sizemore is the manager of the Iroquois Branch Library and coordinator of teen and international services at the Louisville (Ky.) Free Public Library. Lowe is a student at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana’s School of Library and Information Science.

“With decreasing budgets and the squeeze being put on development dollars, it’s important to offer stipends so those constraints don’t hinder the aspiration to learn,” said Stephanie Squicciarini, chair of YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium Task Force, who chose the stipend winners. “Lisa and Laura were chosen for their desire for and dedication to working with on behalf of teens, their financial need and their demonstrated commitment to professional development and to sharing what they learn with their colleagues.

Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA president, congratulated the pair on their achievement.

“It’s an honor to reward Laura and Lisa for their hard work,” she said. “YALSA is delighted to offer opportunities such as this, to help members attend an important event they might not otherwise be able to and show them how they can become more directly involved with our association.”

For more than 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 at