For immediate release | April 5, 2011

Join the conversation in YALSA’s new YA Forum monthly discussion in ALA Connect

CHICAGO — Beginning this week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, will host YA Forum, a monthly discussion just for division members. Each discussion will focus on a specific topic and will be moderated by an expert in the field. YA Forum is hosted in YALSA’s space in ALA Connect at To access the discussion, you must be a YALSA member. The April edition of YA Forum focuses on self-censorship; Stephanie Reynolds, convenor of YALSA’s intellectual freedom interest group, is the moderator.

Throughout the week, YALSA members are encouraged to check in to the discussion forum and ask questions and contribute to the ongoing discussion. The forum will open at 10 a.m. EDT on the first Monday of the month and will close the following Friday at 3 p.m. EDT.

Starting at 10 a.m. EDT, members can join the conversation by logging into ALA Connect and choosing “YALSA” under “My ALA Groups,” then selecting “Discussions” on the upper right.

For more information about YA Forum, please contact Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 2128.

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,