YALSA calls for volunteers to host event at regional, state conferences

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks volunteers for the 2009 YALSA Road Trip, during which YALSA will strive to have a presence at a library conference in every state in 2009.

Options for participation include hosting a social event, implementing a YALSA-provided program or staffing an exhibit booth. Volunteers are needed for all states except California, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina. YALSA also has events planned for the Mountain Plains Library Association 2009 conference. If you are interested in participating in the 39 other states, please fill out the application at
http://tinyurl.com/yalsaroadtrip by Nov. 14.

“With more than 5,600 members it can be overwhelming for members to get to know each other. Bringing YALSA to the state level is one way to do this,” said YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski. “You don’t need to be a teen services expert or a long-time member—you just need to have enthusiasm for working with teens and some time to share with YALSA members.”

The initiative grew out of Debraski’s presidential theme, Engaging the YALSA Community, as well as member feedback asking for more localized opportunities to participate in YALSA. More details on the 2009 Road Trip, as well as an application to volunteer and tip sheets, are available online at

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: