YALSA offers five travel stipends for Library Advocacy Day 2010

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NEWS
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2010

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will offer travel stipends of up to $1,000 each to five YALSA members to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2010, in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference.

Applications for the stipend are available at www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants (click “Scholarships, Stipends, and Fellowships”) and must be sent to yalsa@ala.org by April 30.

Applicants must be YALSA personal members with one to 10 years’ experience working with teens in a library setting who have not previously participated in or attended ALA’s Library Legislative Day. Applicants will be selected based on their commitment to young adult library services, their learning goals for attending the event, financial need and how the applicant intends to use the experience at his or her home institution. Winners will be announced by May 17, 2010.

“Library Advocacy Day is one day in which librarians from around the country can speak as a single voice to let legislators know about the importance of libraries and the programs they provide,” said Linda W. Braun, YALSA president. “YALSA wants to provide members with the opportunity to learn how to be successful advocates in their communities as well as provide them with opportunities to advocate at the national level. The stipends YALSA will award to five members help make that happen.”

Funding for this stipend is provided through the Friends of YALSA. Friends of YALSA was created to ensure excellence in the association’s traditional programs and services to library workers serving teens and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. To learn more about Friends of YALSA, visit www.ala.org/givetoyalsa.

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.

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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