YALSA chooses new quarterly journal editor

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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2009

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Sarah Flowers the editor of Young Adult Library Services, its quarterly journal, starting with the Fall 2009 issue. Flowers previously served as guest editor of the journal in 2007.

“I enjoyed working as the guest editor two years ago and was really pleased to have another opportunity to work on the journal in the long term,” said Flowers. “I am excited to work on YALS and with YALSA members, who find it useful both as a place to publish and something that’s valuable to them to read.”

Flowers is a longtime YALSA member who has served on ALA Council, the YALSA Board of Directors and YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award Committee. A regular contributor to School Library Journal and VOYA, she is the author of the forthcoming “Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA’s ‘Competencies for Librarians’ Serving Youth in Action,” (ALA Editions, 2010) and contributed to “Thinking Outside the Book: Alternatives for Today’s Teen Library Collections” by C. Allen Nichols (Greenwood, 2004). Flowers also chaired YALSA’s taskforce with the Reference and User Services Association for developing reference guidelines for serving teens.

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: