Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Sophie & Liz Signing at ALA

The following authors will be signing at the Information Today, Inc. booth [#4525] on

Saturday July 11 from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m.

Tasha Squires, author of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries

Pop culture mavens Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns, authors of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community



ALA Awards by Text Message

File under: Awesome, Made Out of Five Different Kinds of

Text the word "ALA 5" to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of the following five awards, one text message per award:
  • Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Awards
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • Pura Belpré Award

You will receive 5 text messages for this subscription, winners only.

For complete results, text the word "ALA 13" to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of all 13 Youth Media Awards, including the five previously mentioned and the following, one text message per award:

  • Alex Awards
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award
  • Odyssey Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Schneider Family Book Award
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

You will receive 13 text messages for this subscription, winners only.

Learn more here:

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Please note that this is a very rough draft. The holes are mainly because I haven't made up my mind.

Thursday June 21.

Drive down with Carlie Webber. Worst case scenario: we find a Lush store, spend all our money, and have to beg for coffees and danish for the rest of the conference.

Friday June 22.

Sins of YA Preconference. I'm not sure what time it starts or where it is.

YALSA Happy Hour at Old Dominion from 5 to 7.

YALSA 50th Anniversary Party from 10 to ???. Renaissance Ballroom West A/B, Renaissance Washington

Saturday June 23.

Morning, YALSA All Committee at Grand Ballroom North Central, Ren. Washington Hotel, Grand Ballroom. 1030 to 12. Or maybe, 11?

3:00. Exhibits; Ysabeau Wilce & Laura Bowers are signing at booth 3210.
3:30 Book Launch, Mitali Perkins/ First Daughter, DC / MLK Library

After -- Kidlit Fun!

6 - 7. Random House Reception.

8. Random House Dinner.

Sunday June 24.

8 am. YA Author B'fast at 8 AM. AM I INSANE???? Holy Hannah that's early. Yeah, Breakfast is early. But still. Anyway, the Ren Washington. Grand Ballroom.

11 am. Cecil Castellucci is signing, Candlewick, 3245. (I thought it was Saturday, but hey! I fail at reading schedules.)

The rest of the day I... I'm not sure! I haven't made up my mind. Maybe YALSA Programs? Maybe some other division? Maybe find a spa and get a facial? Go to a museum?

Note to self: Find out where the other cool kids who are not going to the Newbery are hanging out. Note to self: You're not cool. Amend. Note to self: Find out ... Oh, just forget it.

Monday June 25

8 am You Must Write It: 50 Tips for Publishing with YALSA. But 8! And no breakfast! Conv. Center, Room 146 B.

2:30. YALSA President's Program, Convention Center, Room 144 A C

8 Printz Reception.

Tuesday June 26.

Home again home again jiggity jig.



YALSA -- Virtual Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day is May 1st & May 2nd; it's a chance to go to Washington DC and advocate for libraries.

Can't make it? Then participate without the travel, with Virtual Library Legislative Day. Full information and links are at the YALSA Blog. So go over, check out the links and the talking points, and get read to call, fax and email.

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Good Press for YA Lit

We here at Pop have complained about the "all YA books suck" newspaper stories.

So it's only fair we say, Way to Go Seattle! Cecelia Goodnow of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR articles about teens and books, and not a nary "YA books suck" article amongst them.

For your reading pleasure:

Teens buying books at fastest rate in decades (interviews actual authorities in the field)

If you're looking for tasty teen titles to satisfy, check out this menu (which highlights YALSA's Best Books list)

Is young-adult fare too mature for some of its readers? (respectfully points out that YA may be ages 12 to 18, but not all books are for all readers)

and Top Trends in Teen Literature

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better --

Entertainment Weekly highlights the YALSA Alex Awards in an online column, Kids Corner.

What great coverage!

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No Blogging for Committee Members?

LibrariAnne has a detailed report on a rumor about ALSC and bloggers who are committee members not being allowed to blog. I did hear whispers about this during Midwinter, and a comment to LibrariAnne's blog confirms that ALSC is "grappling" with this issue.

So I ask you: anyone know the deal? The specifics of the guidelines? Is it just ALSC, or is YALSA doing something similar?

Thanks to A Year Of Reading for the link.

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Idea totally & utterly stolen from Heidi (who is not only a rockin' librarian, but also a fellow Bryn Mawr alum).

Heidi is a Seattle native, so she's got plenty of scoop on where to eat & how to get around. Also potentially useful in this regard: the ALA Midwinter Meeting Wiki.

Here's my schedule, for now:

Saturday, January 20
ALA-APA Fundraising Committee, 10:30-12:30
YALSA Gaming Interest Group, 1:30-2:30
Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers, 2:30-3:30
YALSA Publications Committee, 4-6 PM
Seattle Public Library Atherton Reception with the divine Liz B, 7-9 PM

Sunday, January 21
Teen Tech Week Kick-Off, 10:30-12:30
Quick Picks, 1:30-3:30
YALSA Board II, 4-6 OR Pop Culture in Libraries, 4-6
YALSA 50th Anniversary Kick-Off, 7-9 PM

Monday, January 22 -- Happy Birthday, Mom!
Youth Media Awards, 8-9 AM
ALA Exec Board Forum, 11:30 AM (re-check time)
Best Books for Young Adults, 4-6 PM
YALSA/ALSC/AASL Joint Membership Reception 6-8 PM

Somewhere in there, I also plan to have a meal or drinks with Rochelle, Jill, Jaina and my library school pal Chris.

I'm staying at the Sheraton, and it'll be best to reach me by cell. E-mail or IM me if you want the number.

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Best Week Ever

ALA makes VH-1's Best Week Ever, thanks to Ewan McGregor.

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YALSA Elections (and a personal note)

ALA and YALSA elections are coming up; in order to vote for the YALSA part you must be a member of ALA and YALSA by January 31, 2007.

The election opens March 15 and closes April 24.

Go over to the YALSA blog to see the full slate of candidates for different positions.

Please note the candidates for the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee:

Elizabeth Burns (yes, this is me!)
Donna Cook
Stacy Creel-Chavez
Alison Hendon
Celia Holm
Ellen Loughran
Karyn Silverman
J. Marin Younker

Eight candidates are running for four positions. The full policies and procedures for the Printz are here.

Cross posted at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy.

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