YALSA launches Website to promote teen summer reading

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens.
The website is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which also provides grants for summer reading programs. To join and access the materials available on the YALSA Teen Summer Reading Programs site, visit www.summerreading.ning.com. The website will continue to be updated throughout the spring and summer and a great place to share ideas and brainstorm with fellow teen services librarians and library workers.
“Even though it may still be cold out in certain parts of the country, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer reading programs for the teens at your libraries,” said Jack H. Martin, YALSA president. “This cool new website will hopefully help you formulate, plan and share awesome summer reading ideas to help you keep teens in your community reading and learning all summer long.”
Libraries play a critical role in helping young people maintain and build literacy skills.  According to the 2010 “Public Library Summer Reading Programs Closing the Reading Gap” study from the Dominican University, students who participated in a public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
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 www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.

ALSC offers publicity tools to promote El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

CHICAGO — On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).  Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy events.
Is your library hosting a Dia event?  School and public libraries are welcome to promote their Día event with free publicity tools offered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).  The Día Publicity Tool kit includes a number of templates libraries can use to publicize Día activities, including a Press Release Template, PSA Templates, Letter to the Editor Template, Proclamation Template, Flyer Template, Talking Points,  Logos  and downloadable Audio PSAs featuring Día founder Pat Mora, are all available http://tinyurl.com/diapubtools. Participating libraries are also encouraged to register their Día programs in the 2013 National Dia Program Registry to showcase their event and receive free Día bookmarks, stickers and buttons.
Día is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925.   Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children.   In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy thus the inception of El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
Through a series of grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and more recently the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country. ALSC is collaborating on this effort with the Founding Partner of Día, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).
For book lists and additional information on Día please visit http:/dia.ala.org

Upcoming Webinars from ALA - March and April

Free webinars to Engage! young adult audiences through visual arts programming
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage! programming model. Developed by ALA and piloted in ten Illinois libraries in 2010, “Engage! Teens, Art, and Civic Participation” introduces young audiences to themes of civic participation using the visual arts as a springboard for discussion and action. This project is funded by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
During these three free webinars, participants will:

  • Hear from librarians who participated in the Engage! pilot program, who will share what worked and what didn’t with teens.
  • Be introduced to a free PDF guide to the Engage! model, featuring detailed instructions on how to get started.
  • Learn how to formulate effective “looking questions” that will elicit participation and engagement with art and thematic content.
  • Learn how to select images that will illuminate relevant civic participation issues for teen discussion and learning.

Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: An Introduction
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Central time - Registration
In this first session, learn more about this program model for young adults that uses visual art as a springboard to civic engagement. Three librarians who participated in the pilot project—Marcus Lumpkin, Youmedia, Chicago Public Library; Tom Spicer, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; and Nanette Freeman, Portage-Cragin Branch, Chicago Public Library—will share their programs and how they can be adapted for other libraries; in addition, a free project resource guide will be debuted during this webinar.
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Compelling Discussion through Art
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Central time – Registration
This second session will delve in to how to present and look at art. Sarah Alvarez, director of Teacher Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss how to ask looking questions and frame issues and activities. Brandy Morrill, an Engage! pilot librarian at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library, will share how this adaptable approach worked in her library.
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m Central time – Registration
This session will focus on issues-based discussions for teen audiences, using the Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation model. Adam Davis, director for the Project on Civic Reflection and an advisor to the Engage! project, will walk webinar participants through how to identify locally relevant issues and images for issues-based teen programming, and Christie Chandler-Stahl, formerly of the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library and currently at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, will share her approach in her former library and how she would adapt it for her current one.
The Engage! Project builds on the NEH’s Picturing America art initiative through the development of supplemental resources that utilize the visual arts as a springboard to civic engagement for young adult audiences. The objective for these resources is to deepen participants’ knowledge and appreciation of American art and its relation to American history and civic life, and to contribute to the development of informed and discerning voters. Through the thematic selection of visual arts resources as points of engagement, participants are led in facilitated discussions on and interactions with the depth and history of American civic life. Resources have been specifically designed for opt-in youth audiences in public library settings.
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.

ALSC releases Spring 2013 Online Course schedule
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released the schedule for spring 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 8, 2013.
The schedule includes courses which are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). There is also one new course for 2013, Integrating New Technologies into Your Collections.
ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options.

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in April
CHICAGO - The interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” April 8-May 3, is now open for registration. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.
Librarian, author and trainer Stephanie Gerding will guide participants through an engaging combination of live webinars, independent assignments and online discussions. See the full syllabus here.
As a result of taking the course, participants will learn practical tools and techniques to help others learn; will be able to lead activities that increase learning, participation and retention; will be able to design and share workshop materials to create a learning community; and will receive helpful, personalized advice from Gerding's years of coordinating and providing training for public libraries.
Pricing for the four-week “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” is $129 for PLA members, $159 for ALA members and $179 for nonmembers. The deadline to register for this course is April 5.
PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Registration is now open for RMSLA's March Virtual Breakfast!

In a special collaboration with the First Five Years Council, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to present Leadership and Career Development for the 21st Century Information Professional, featuring Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.  Head to our Web site to register today:  http://tinyurl.com/rmslamarch

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM, Mountain Standard Time

Cost:  Free to SLA members, and $10 for non-SLA members

Anyone can be a leader. You don’t need to be in a leadership position to develop leadership skills. In three simple and easy to remember concepts, participants will learn valuable tips, tricks and tools for paving the way to leadership and career success in the 21st century.


1. Participants will conduct an individualized career analysis.

2. Participants will receive an overview of useful tips and tools.

3. Participants will be equipped with practical career strategies that can be implemented immediately.

About Lisa:

Lisa Chow is an information professional with a few "library ribbons" including Special Libraries Association (SLA) SLA Rising Star, Library Journal (LJ) Mover & Shaker, American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Lisa is half of People Interact, a consultancy that works with libraries and nonprofits to implement creative solutions to effectively improve individual and organizational performance. Find out more at http://bit.ly/lisachow

About Sandra:
Sandra Sajonas is an independent information professional with 6 years experience at the Brooklyn Public Library in young adult, business, career/labor, education and employment services. Sandra has several special projects, presentations, publications and accolades under her belt including ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover & Shaker.  Learn more about Sandra at http://bit.ly/sajonas


Conference Program and Early Registration now available

The ULA Conference site has the online program posted and early registration is now available.

Also, check out our keynote, featured authors and poster sessions!

If you are signing up for the conference, remember to join ULA or renew your membership to take advantage of discounted member rates!

Collaboration for Libraries training coming in April

Attention all those who have graduated from Uplift or have an MLS degree:

Please register for the Advanced Uplift class, to be held in 2 locations: http://library.utah.gov/workshops

April 16 at the State Library, 9 AM-4 PM

April 18 at the Springville Library, 9 AM-4 PM

Develop your capacity to create and implement effective collaboration that will have a measurable impact on your library. Be seen as a viable partner with community agencies. Get strategies to increase your community’s awareness of the value of cooperation and collective efforts. We will focus on answering the following questions: What valuable assets, resources and attributes do libraries provide for collaboration? Why is it important to collaborate? What are the benefits of collaboration? How do you develop effective partnerships? How do you identify partners for collaboration?

Instructors: Pam Jaskot, Consultant/Trainer & Raye Oldham, Consultant, North Carolina State Library Audience: Library Directors and others who have graduated from Uplift Mileage reimbursement: Available for travel over 50 miles one way. Sorry, no reimbursement to libraries.

Colleen Eggett Training Coordinator/ Consultant Utah State Library

250 N 1950 W Suite A Salt Lake City UT 84116 (801)715-6776 | fax (801)715-6767 ceggett@utah.gov

ULA at Utah Nonprofits Association Day on the Hill

ULA Members and the Utah Legislative Committee met for UNA day on the State Capitol to support Utah Libraries and Librarians.

Upcoming ULA Conferences and Locations

Utah Valley Convention Ctr. 5/1-5/3/2013
South Towne Expo/Sandy April 30-May 2, 2014
Dixie Center/St. George May 13-15, 2015
Davis Conf. Ctr/Layton May 4 - May 6, 2016

ULA Membership Incentives winners

For January ULA was running a special drawing for new and renewing memberships. The winners (determined by random number drawing) are:
Free 2013 Conference Registration: Pat Tompkins, Utah State Library
Free 2014 ULA Membership: Jessica Quarles, Emporia State Student
25$ Giftcard to a bookstore of your choosing: Jennifer Van Wagoner,Davis County Library
Congrats and thanks to everybody who has renewed their memberships so far! If you haven't renewed yet, please visit our memberships page to renew. ULA memberships run on the calendar year, so if you have not yet renewed your membership in January or this month, your membership is currently expired.

Feb ULA Newsletter Now Available

Check out the latest issue of the ULA Newsletter!

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