Registration open for YALSA’s pre-Midwinter events

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communication Specialist

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release

October 6, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host two special events, including a full-day institute and a two-hour networking event, prior to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Full details on these events, and all of YALSA’s plans for Midwinter, are available online at

YALSA’s pre-Midwinter Institute, Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition, will take place on Jan. 15. This face-to-face seminar offers librarians insight into enhancing existing services using online tools for today’s teens — the 30 million youth known as “digital natives.” Participants will explore the changing demographics of teens and how that will impact library services; recent research on how teens are using the Internet and Web-based tools for education and recreation; examples of successful programs that have incorporated innovative techniques for reaching and serving teens; the benefits of incorporating social networking and other technologies into existing teen programs; successful tactics for gaining funding and administrative support for technology-based programming and online services; and emerging technologies through hands-on interaction. Speakers include author Cory Doctorow (via Skype), acting California State Librarian and Futurist Stacy Aldrich and more. Tickets to Libraries 3.0 costs $195 for YALSA members, $235 for ALA members and $285 for nonmembers.

YALSA will also host Games, Gadgets and Gurus, a hands-on social event that provides an opportunity to network with other librarians, play games, try out gadgets like e-readers or video cameras and work one-on-one with a tech advisor. Refreshments included; tickets cost $40.

Those who register for both Libraries 3.0 and Games, Gadgets and Gurus will save $20 over paying for each separately. Registration is available through ALA’s Midwinter Meeting website at

If you wish to register for these events without registering for Midwinter, you can download the form to mail or fax at If you have already registered and would like to add this special event to your registration, you have two options: (1)
By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1 –(800) 974-3084 and ask to add a workshop to your existing registration; (2)
Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking on
this link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Annual registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you have added.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,