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YALSA E-news
October 15, 2014

E-News Staff

Anna Lam

Bill Spilman
Innovative Media Solutions
YALSA Media Kit (PDF)

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Young Adults Deserve the Best Instructional Kits Now Available!

Young Adult Library Services (YALS)

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA)



The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads


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Important Dates

Now - October 30: Register for the YA Lit Symposium

Now - October 18: Have teens vote for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten

October 6 - November 3:  E-course, Power Programming

October 12-18: Teen Read Week™

October 20: Official 2014 Teens' Top Ten titles announced

October 29: YALSA Wiki Write-in Day


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October 2014 Donors:

Friends of YALSA (FOY)
Linda Braun
Carrie Kausch

Books for Teens
Carrie Kausch

Leadership Endowment
Carrie Kausch

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Happy Teen Read Week™!
Please share this video featuring Hunger Games actress Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen, inviting teens to celebrate Teen Read Week and to Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. We encourage you to embed the video on your library's website and pass it along to local news and media outlets. Join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #TRW14 and sharing the video with your teen patrons!

2015 YALSA Election Slate
YALSA’s Awards Nominating and Governance Nominating Committees have assembled the slate for 2015. Any individual interested in being added to the slate as a petition candidate can do so by submitting a completed Petition for YALSA Ballot form via the YALSA website found here.

The closing date to submit a petition is November 2, 2014.Please note that you must first log into your ALA account in order to access the form. Voting opens March 24, 2015 and closes May 1, 2015.

Did You Forget to Book Your Hotel for the Symposium? 
The Symposium will take place at the Hyatt Regency Austin, located at 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704. The deadline to book hotel rooms was October 14th.  BUT, don’t worry if you forgot!  YALSA has made arrangements with the Embassy Suites next door.  Room rates are $124 for a king and $144 for a double,  The rooms are only available until October 23rd, so be sure to book online now

Take 10 Seconds to Help YALSA Help You & Your Teens!
YALSA and our Future of Teens & Libraries Taskforce are participating in a competitive grant challenge for libraries hosted by the Knight Foundation.  If funded, YALSA’s project would help libraries improve their overall teen program by providing them with free tools and resources to incorporate connected learning into their existing services.  

In order for this to have a chance at getting funded, the proposal needs to get a significant number of ‘applauds’ and comments.  We encourage you to ‘applaud’ the proposal and/or leave a comment, but also to take a moment to share this link out with your library networks, advocates and colleagues and ask them to leave a comment or give us some applause as well.  The post is open to comments and applause until Oct. 21st, so timing is limited! Thank you in advance for your support! 

We’d also encourage you to support these other proposals from our awesome partners:

Could You Use Some Cash?
YALSA has over $150,000 worth of grants, awards, scholarships and stipends available exclusively to its members. Most deadlines are Dec. 1st. Explore these opportunities on the YALSA web site.

Teen Blog Posts on The Hub!

In celebration of Teen Read Week™, The Hub is featuring blog posts every day by teen guest bloggers from our Teen Blogging Contest. Check out the blog posts that have already been published here and be sure to visit The Hub every day for a new teen blog post!

2015 Symposium Program Proposals
Proposals for the 2015 Symposium held November 6–8, 2015 in Portland, Oregon., Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities are now being accepted.
Today’s teens have unique needs and face significant challenges. Library staff are uniquely positioned to help teens by not only connecting them to resources in the library and their hometown, but also to resources from affinity communities that thrive online. The symposium will discuss the role of libraries in connecting teens to their community and beyond.
Programs can cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults, including readers’ advisory and maintaining young adult literature collections.

Submit a proposal here.

October 16: Teen Library Spaces Webinar with Architect Margaret Sullivan: Free Webinar
Thursday, October 16: 2pm-3:00pm Eastern.
Designing a teen library space or adapting an existing space to meet your teens’ needs doesn’t have to take a Herculean effort, nor does it necessarily require a big budget. Margaret Sullivan presents a wide range of options that will appeal to libraries of various sizes. This webinar will present content for everyone! Register now. 100 free seats available for YALSA members only.
YALSA Press Releases
Member Shout-Out
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our member survey. Your feedback will help the YALSA Board of Directors during their upcoming strategic planning process. If interested, the feedback can be viewed here.
ALA News
Important Announcement about ALA’s Web Site
ALA is upgrading its membership database this weekend, Oct. 17 – 19. Since the web site needs to interface with the member database to complete key tasks, some portions of the web site will not be working this weekend.  During the upgrade members will be able to:
  • visit the web site to find and read content
  • log in and make updates to spaces in ALA Connect
  • register for the ALA Midwinter Meeting
Members will not be able to:
  • join or renew their membership
  • register for online learning or YALSA’s Symposium
  • fill out and submit forms, such as the Committee Volunteer Form
  • update member contact information
  • make donations
  • reset passwords
Members are encouraged to check the ALA Twitter account for the most current updates over the weekend.

Google Hangout with ALA President on Oct. 20th
There are many ways to get involved in ALA, from formal committees to informal member initiative groups. Whatever you’re passionate about in the library world, there’s an ALA group full of other people with that same interest. Learn more about finding your niche and getting the most out of participating in ALA during a Google Hangout with ALA President Courtney Young and ALA President-Elect Sari Feldman on Monday, October 20, 2014, from 11:00am – noon ETJoin our Hangout on October 20th!

Partner News
Digital Learning Day
Mark your calendars for March 13th, 2015, for Digital Learning Day, organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education.  Find resources to help you celebrate at and join the discussion on Twitter via #DLDay
This issue is sponsored by 2014 Teen Read Week™ partner, Blink.

Blink brings true stories and fiction to YA readers. The literature published by Blink is a positive reflection of what is inspiring and heartening while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and exciting storytelling that will bring readers to the edge of their seats, immerse them in a heartrending love story, or engross them in a story of a life well-lived. Readers will see themselves in all facets of Blink’s literature and will find new levels of entertainment that enrich and uplift.
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