Dr. Shari Lee wins YALSA Writing Award

DLIS Congratulates Assistant Professor Shari Lee, PhD on winning a YALSA Writing Award:


For Immediate Release

February 4, 2015

YALSA honors four members with YALSA Writing Award

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named the winners of its YALSA Writing Award, with members winning prizes in four categories:

  • Shari Lee for best article in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults:
    “Beyond Books, Nooks and Dirty Looks: The History and Evolution of Library Services to Teens in the United States” Vol. 4 (May, 2014)
  • Jaina Lewis for best blog post on YALSA Blog between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014:
    “Robotics for the Rest of Us”
  • Anna Tschetter for best post on YALSA The Hub between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014:
    Books for Boys that Aren’t ‘Books for Boys’
  • Sarah Ludwig for best article in Young Adult Library Services:
    “Everyone Deserves a Place in the LibraryVol. 12 (2) Winter 2014.

Our winners this year highlight the importance of learning from the past so that we can better serve our communities today and into the future – be it through introducing new technology to dispelling old, vexing stereotypes. Our winning contributors offer solid advice and heartfelt reminders to always consider the possibilities, to “pay it forward” and, most of all, to remember the rallying cry of youth services librarianship and our commitment to its cause.

The winners for the journals will each receive $500, due to the more extensive nature of their work. The winners for the blog posts will each receive $200. All winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at YALSA’s Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference this summer in Las Vegas. The award is supported through funds donated to Friends of YALSA. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/give.

The YALSA Writing Award recognizes the contribution of YALSA members who have written an article or blog post for the association’s journals or blogs that is timely, original, relevant to YALSA members and well-written. Each year, YALSA’s blog managers and journal editors select a shortlist of up to five articles or posts that meet award criteria to submit to the YALSA Writing Award Jury. Items are selected based on the following criteria: applicability to a variety of library settings, originality of ideas, timeliness, relevance to young adult librarianship, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation and contribution to the YALSA membership.  The articles must address young adult library services or information regarding young adults that can be applied usefully to young adult library services.

The 2014 YALSA Writing Award Jury members are David Wang, chair, Young Adult Librarian, Queens Library at Queensboro Hill, Flushing, NY; Margaret Cichantk, Young Adult Librarian, Wood Dale Public Library, Wood Dale, IL; Geri Diorio, Teen Services Librarian, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield, CT; Kim Herrington, Librarian, Robert Turner College and Career High School, Pearland, TX; Gigi Yang, Manager of Young Adult Services, Broomfield County Library, Broomfield, CO.


For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

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