YALSA diversity campaign launches with stipend for Annual

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release,

February 26, 2008

YALSA diversity campaign launches with stipend for Annual

CHICAGO -As part of YALSA Unity: A Diversity Initiative, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer two YALSA members with a diverse background a stipend to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 26-July 2.

Each sponsorship recipient will receive up to $1,000 for conference expenses. The deadline for application is March 31. Winners will be notified on May 2. This stipend is administered by YALSA through funding from ALA's Ahead to 2010 initiative.

Applicants must be YALSA members of a diverse background by the time of the application. Diversity is defined by the ALA Diversity Counts report, which includes race, ethnicity, language background, sexual orientation, education, age, disability and economic status. For applications, criteria, and more information, visit

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