YALSA names 2009 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant winners

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-5041



For Immediate Release

February 3, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Kate Toebbe and Laurie Amster-Burton the recipients of the 2009 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant. Each will receive a $1,000 grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9-15.

The grant is awarded for first-time attendance at an Annual Conference. The recipients must be members of YALSA and must have between one and 10 years experience working with teenagers.

Amster-Burton, a librarian at Washington Middle School in Seattle, Wash., was delighted to get the news: "Oh wow, this is so exciting.” Toebbe, a librarian at the Bond Hill Public Library, part of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was also stunned. "Oh my gosh, are you kidding?” she asked. “That's great!'”

The YALSA Baker & Taylor Award Committee members are: Geri Diorio, chair, Ridgefield (Conn.) Library; Lisa Morris-Wilkey, Casa Grande, Ariz.; Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, Md.; Christopher Shoemaker, New York Public Library; and Janine Waters, South Hampton Free Library and Huntington Valley Library, Chalfont, Pa.

The application form and information for next year’s Baker & Taylor Conference Grant are available on the YALSA Web site,
www.ala.org/yalsa. Applications must be received in the YALSA office by December 1, 2009. For more information contact the YALSA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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