Young Adult Library Services receives second APEX Award

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

Aug. 4, 2009

CHICAGO —Young Adult Library Services (YALS), the quarterly journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), received an Award of Excellence from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, the second year in a row that YALS has achieved this honor.

YALS was recognized in the category of Journals and Magazines over 32 pages. The journal won for issues from its sixth and seventh volume, which were edited by RoseMary Honnold. Sarah Flowers is the current editor of YALS.

YALS is the official journal of YALSA. It serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians serving young adults, ages 12 through 18. It includes articles of current interest to the profession, acts as a showcase for best practices, provides news from related fields, publishes recent research related to YA librarianship, spotlights significant events of the organization and offers in-depth reviews of professional literature.

“For two years in a row, those selecting the APEX awardees looked at a full year's run of YALS and found that every issue contains content that rises above,” said President Linda Braun. "Our editors and the professionals that write for the journal are good at what they do, and the fact that the journal was selected two years in a row shows that YALSA is committed to providing members with high-quality content on topics of importance."

The APEX Awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. More than 800 journals and magazines entered the annual competition. A full list of winners is available at

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