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YALSA Great Idea

I have officially had a Great Idea.

From American Libraries:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has chosen the winners for its annual Great Ideas contest:

  • Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Books and Braille Center, Trenton, N.J., won for her idea to host a blog-based YALSA book award/booklist reading challenge, and
  • Kit Ward-Crixell, New Braunfels (Texas) Public Library and Krista McKenzie, Garret College, Accident, Md., shared a prize for their separate proposals to create an online tool to aid young adult librarians in conducting original research.”

Why yes, this is Blatant Self Promotion.

Read the complete press release at American Libraries, YALSA Names 2010 Great Ideas Contest Winners. More information at the YALSA Great Ideas Contest Page.

When I heard about the Great Ideas contest I wanted to enter but was drawing a total blank. Weeks passed. On the next to last day to enter, while driving home from work, I finally had an idea. I stayed up that night, going through YALSA’s strategic plan and putting together my entry.

I love the opportunities that being involved in YALSA and ALA has provided me, and I am excited about being able to give back to YALSA, librarians, and readers with this idea.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Congratulations!

  2. Awesome news!

  3. This is a great idea! Can’t wait to see it start up. Congratuations!

  4. Yay! I love your Great Idea.

    I had a great idea once for a laundry bag that would allow you to carry home the laundry without having it get wrinkled. I bought the fabric to make the prototype, and then remembered that I don’t know how to sew. …so yeah, it fizzled.

    Congratulations on your fizzle-proof Great Idea!

  5. Congratulations and great ideas are….great!

  6. Excellent! Congratulations.

  7. Congratulations. It’s a great idea

  8. Thank you! I cannot wait to see it take place!

  9. Hooray! Big congratulations!