YALSA’s Great Ideas contest ends May 1

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

April 28, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks members’ best ideas to help achieve the goals listed in YALSA’s new strategic plan for its new Great Ideas contest. The contest is open to all individual YALSA members as well as all YALSA committees, juries, task forces, discussion groups, interest groups and advisory boards. The deadline to submit items to the contest is May 1.

Entrants are asked to brainstorm and submit activities that will allow YALSA to achieve a specific goal or strategy in the plan. Entry forms can be downloaded at
www.ala.org/yalsa and must be sent to

Winners will be announced the week of July 13. There will be a first-place winner for an individual member and a first-place winner for a member group. Each winner will receive a box of books and YALSA swag, have their idea and photo published in an issue of
Young Adult Library Services and get to see their idea implemented by YALSA

The YALSA Strategic Plan can be viewed at

“This contest is a way for members to have more direct involvement in the direction of our association,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA president. “It's a great way to get recognition for those creative ideas we know you have.”

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,