YALSA names winners of BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release,

February 2, 2010

CHICAGO —Amy Young and Jessica Neiweem have won the 2010 BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Each receives a grant of $1,000, donated by BWI, for collection development. The grant recipient is a YALSA member who represents a public library and who works directly with young adults ages 12–18.

Young works for the Chesterfield Township (Mich.) Public Library, where she and her Teen Advisory Board will use the grant to enhance the young adult collection.

“I firmly believe that young people are more likely to care about, utilize and value something that they have helped create,” she said. “Therefore, I am seeking their input on a variety of decisions relating to the young adult section of the library.”

Neiweem works at the Park County Library in Cody, Wyo. She will use the grant to improve the young adult nonfiction collection. Currently, the most glaring lack of books is in the sciences.

“This grant will give the young adults of Cody the resources that they need to get involved in the natural sciences,” she said. “They will be able to complete their homework, find new interests and form their own opinions about pressing issues like global warming. They will learn about the outside world and, by doing so, they will enrich their inner landscapes.”

The 2010 BWI Collection Development Grant Jury members are: Yolanda Hood, University of Northern Iowa Rod Library, Cedar Falls.; Catherine Schaeffer, King County Library System, Bothell, Wash.; Judy Sasges, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, Wash.; E.M. Roublow, Los Angeles Public Library, Calif.; and Phyllis Fisher, Copiague, N.Y.

The application form and information for next year’s BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant are available on the YALSA Web site,
Applications must be received in the YALSA office by Dec. 1, 2010. For more information contact the YALSA office, 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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