Ko, Christensen win Flip Ultra cameras from YALSA

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

April 14, 2009

CHICAGO — Donna Ko, media assistant at the Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe, N.C., won a Flip Ultra video camera by becoming a new member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Deborah Christensen, media coordinator at the school, also won a Flip Ultra for recommending Ko join YALSA as part of the association’s 2009 membership drive.

Ko, who is pursuing a master’s in library science, said Christensen had been instrumental in steering her toward YALSA membership. “Deb said, ‘You know, you really should join YALSA,’” said Ko. “It’s a great thing. I’m excited to learn more about YALSA’s awards and to start planning for Teen Read Week!”

In addition, runners up Beth McCracken and Tara Glunz Fries will each receive a box of books. McCracken and Glunz Fries both work for Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools.

The 2009 YALSA Membership Drive took place January through March. New members who filled out a special membership form on the YALSA website were eligible for the drawing. The member drive was inspired by results of the 2008 YALSA membership survey, in which the majority of YALSA members said they would recommend YALSA membership to colleagues and friends.

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,