YALSA seeking proposals

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will hold its first biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., November 7 – 9, 2008. YALSA will accept proposals for programs and unpublished, scholarly papers through its Web site through October 1, 2007. The Young Adult Literature Symposium is funded in part by the William Morris Endowment.The symposium’s theme, “How We Read Now,” will investigate who, what, how and why the burgeoning teen population—the largest and most diverse in U.S. history—reads. The event will also explore the impact this generation is having on young adult literature and vice versa. The goal of the symposium is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, authors, publishers and others interested in young adult literature to gather and explore this vibrant and growing genre.

Let’s be sure the interests of ALL YAs are addressed:  submit your proposal before 1 October!

At Risk Grant

 Lois Lenski Foundation Awards Grants for Libraries Serving At-Risk Children annually awards grants to rural and urban public libraries serving at-risk children. The grants range from $500 to $5,000. Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their collections generally or to expand their holdings in special areas. The Foundation welcomes applications from libraries with real need and limited book budgets. An application form is also available from: Lois Lenski Foundation, Attn.: Arthur F. Abelman, Moses & Singer, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019-6076.  Deadline:  15 October 2007

Call for Reviewers

Críticas magazine, a sister publication of Library Journal covering the U.S. Spanish-language market, is seeking reviewers for books, videos, and audio for children and adults. Reviewers should be familiar with general collection development in public and academic libraries and be willing to review books on a regular basis.

If you are interested in reviewing Spanish-language books, write to the editor, Aída Bardales for further information.

Currently, Críticas is seeking reviewers with an interest or expertise in the following subjects:
art/art history
commercial and/or literary fiction
reference (e.g., dictionaries, encyclopedias, ESL/ language guides, etc.) [lj academic newswire]

Wanted: urban fiction reviews

Credit for this information goes to TeenLibrary.

There’s a great new blog that reviews street lit, also called urban fiction, etc. — the gritty books my teens can’t seem to get enough of. It’s at http://streetfiction.org/ , and creator Daniel Marcou (a corrections librarian and author) is also soliciting reviews.

“I am looking for reviews of adult and teen street fiction as well as urban erotica books by authors like Zane or Noire,” he writes. So if you’ve read a street lit title recently, let everyone know what you think!