For immediate release | August 9, 2011

YALSA’s journal wins fourth APEX Award

CHICAGO — For the fourth year in a row, Communications Concepts awarded Young Adult Library Services (YALS), the quarterly journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), an Award of Excellence, as part of the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

YALS was recognized in the category of Journals and Magazines over 32 pages. The journal won for issues from its ninth volume, edited by Sarah Flowers.

YALS is the official journal of YALSA. It serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians serving young adults, ages 12 through 18. It includes articles of current interest to the profession, acts as a showcase for best practices, provides news from related fields, spotlights significant events of the organization and offers in-depth reviews of professional literature.

The APEX Awards are chosen based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. More than 3,300 journals and magazines entered the annual competition. A full list of winners is available at

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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,


Stephanie Kuenn