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New York Library Association

File under “blatant self promotion.”

On April 29th, I will be giving the keynote for the New York Library Association YSS Spring Conference! More at the brochure.

I will be talking about about what the future of libraries and youth services might hold – linked to “Pop Goes the Library”. (Further blatant self promotion: along with Sophie Brookover, I wrote a book called Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect to Your Whole Community. Disclaimer: Yes, if you purchase, I get royalties. Interesting point: having authored a book, I am now ineligible for the Morris Award.)


I am both insanely excited and nervous about the keynote. Especially as my competition is “the” wedding. Perhaps I should wear a tiara or fancy hat?

What’s also interesting — how the pop culture landscape of books & children & the future of libraries have changed so dramatically in the past six months. Seriously, every day I change what I’m going to say based on what is in the news that day!

Hope to see you in Rochester!

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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. Sondy says:

    Congratulations, Liz! Wish I could go! I think a tiara would be a nice touch. :)

  2. Tasha says:

    Liz, will you by sharing your thoughts about what you see as the future of libraries and youth services? I see a lot of information on the future of libraries in general but not specifically services to children and teens.

  3. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    Sondy, thanks!

    Tasha, yes, I will be. I agree; not much out there on what will happen with children and teens.

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