Webcast, Twitter, Facebook, Second Life will highlight 2009 ALA Youth Media Awards

Contact: Jennifer Petersen

ALA Media Relations




For Immediate Release

January 20, 2009

CHICAGO – The results of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards, which present the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media, will be announced during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Colorado Convention Center. You can obtain those results in a number of ways besides attending the ceremony:

  • Webcast: A free live Webcast of the presentation will be hosted by streaming content provider Unikron. To view the live Webcast the morning of the announcement, visit:
    http://www.unikron.com/clients/ala-webcast-2009. The number of available connections for the Webcast will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Webcast will also be archived on Google Video.
  • Twitter: For the first time ever, the results will be available as they are announced during the ceremony via twitter at
    http://twitter.com/ALAyma. Users of Twitter can read and follow posts — referred to as 'tweets'—instantly, either through ALA's Twitter page, RSS, or SMS Text Messaging (if enabled). There are currently more than three-hundred followers to the Youth Media Awards twitter page.
  • Facebook: The Youth Media Awards now has a home on the second most-trafficked PHP site in the world, which can be found at
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/ALA-Youth-Media-Awards/43002248757#. Featuring the RSS feed from the Youth Media Awards Twitter site, the page also offers videos, photos and information about the awards. Currently, the ALA Youth Media Awards page has more than one-hundred Facebook friends.
  • The ALA Island in Second Life will also broadcast an encore presentation of the Youth Media Awards Webcast. Visitors can take advantage of in-world viewing later in the day on the ALA Island at the Main Stage. The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29. In Second Life, teleport there directly:

A press release announcing the winners will also be posted to the ALA home page and Youth Media Awards Press Kit at
http://www.ala.org/yma prior to 10:30 a.m. MST the day of the announcement.

For more information on the 2009 ALA Youth Media Awards and Midwinter Meeting, please visit