YALSA offers two stipends for Young Adult Literature Symposium

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release,

March 18, 2008

YALSA offers two stipends for Young Adult Literature Symposium

CHICAGO -The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that it would offer $1,000 stipends to two members to attend its inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 7-9.

The first stipend will go to a library worker with one to 10 years' experience serving teens in a professional library setting; the second will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited master of library science and information program with a focus on serving young adults in a library setting. Applicants must be personal members of YALSA.

Applications are available at
www.ala.org/yalitsymposium. They must be sent to the YALSA office at
yalsa@ala.org by midnight, May 1. Winners will be announced on July 7.

The symposium, funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment, will take place biennially, beginning this year. The 2008 theme is “How We Read Now.” It will begin with a preconference focusing on illustrated materials for teens, including comic books, graphic novels, graphic nonfiction, manga and anime. Programs at the symposium will showcase a wide variety of topics within young adult literature and librarianship. Registration rates, as well as housing information, is available at
www.ala.org/yalitsymposium. Early bird registration opens May 1 and closes Sept. 1.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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 by e-mail: