YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation is an annual event sponsored by past presidents of YALSA.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for educators, librarians, students, and others interested in young adult librarianship to gather and explore a topic of current interest that impacts the field. The YALSA Midwinter Paper Committee will select one paper to be  delivered at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 25-29, 2013.  The presenter will receive up to $1,500 to defray travel and registration costs.  The paper will be published in YALSA’s peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults after the conference. For more information about the journal, visit http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya.

The YALSA Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee is now seeking proposals for papers presenting points of view based on current research and relating to topics covered in YALSA’s Research Agenda.  The agenda includes four priority

Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
Priority Area 2: Young Adult Reading and Resources
Priority Area 3: Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
Priority Area 4: Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults

The full research agenda can be found at:

The application form is located at:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/mwpaper.  Important details include:

* Paper proposals are due no later than June 1, 2012.
* Only previously unpublished papers will be accepted.
* Proposals must be emailed as an MS Word document attachment. The attachment must be saved with the file name of <lastname_pastpresidentlecture.doc>.  For example, smith_pastpresidentlecture.doc.
* All submissions must be emailed to yalsa@ala.org, with the subject line “Past President Lecture.”
* The winner will be selected and all applicants will be notified by August 31, 2012.
* All paper presenters must register for the Midwinter Meeting by December 1, 2012.
* For questions, email Dr. Denise E. Agosto, Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee chair, at dea22@drexel.edu.

Any individual from within or without of the library community is welcome to submit an application. Membership in ALA/YALSA is not required.