YALSA opens applications for 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium stipends

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn


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For Immediate Release

May 5, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association, is now accepting applications for stipends to attend the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium, to be held Nov 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The symposium is sponsored in part by the William C. Morris Endowment.

One stipend will be awarded to a library worker who has worked directly with teens for one to ten years; the other will be awarded to a student in an accredited library school program (the student must be enrolled in an MLS program at the time of the symposium). Each stipend provides up to $1,000 to fund attendance at the symposium. To win a stipend, applicants must be personal members of YALSA.

“The symposium promises to offer a variety of fabulous programs and authors, all on the theme of diversity,” said YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski. “During these difficult economic times, when many libraries have curtailed travel expenses, this is a wonderful opportunity for someone to be able to attend this event and return to his or her library with new knowledge and ideas for serving their patrons.”

Stipend applications are available at
www.ala.org/yalitsymposium. Complete applications must be sent to
yalsa@ala.org by Jan. 4, 2010.

Applications that are incomplete or that are not sent electronically will not be accepted. Winners will be announced the week of March 1, 2010.

Questions regarding the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium should be directed to Nichole Gilbert, YALSA Program Officer, at

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: