Friday, January 23, 2009

The 2009 Sibert Award Announcement

On the morning of Monday, January 26, a press conference will be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver to announce the winner of several important children's book and media awards, including the Sibert Award for informational books. If you're wondering how to find out about these winners, read on...

You can call the Children's Services department (260.421.1220) at our library after noon.

You can check right back here. The winners will be posted on the ACPL Mock Sibert blog.

Or you can hear or read the results LIVE via a webcast or Twitter. Here are the details from an ALA press release:

Join thousands as ALA, ALSC and YALSA unveil the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media.

The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books and media for children and young adults on January 26 at 7:45 a.m. MT. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together more than 10,000 librarians, publishers, authors, and guests in Denver from January 23 to 28.

Unikron, a streaming content provider, will host the ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast. Online visitors will be able to view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by going to the Unikron Web site.

ALA will instantly announce winners of the 2009 Youth Media Awards using the micro-blogging service Twitter. For the first time ever, members can follow the Youth Media Awards via Twitter and receive live updates on award winners as they are announced during the ceremony. Users of Twitter can read and follow posts–referred to as ‘tweets’–instantly, either through ALA’s Twitter page, RSS, SMS Text Messaging (if enabled), or social networking sites such as Facebook, with the Twitter add-on.

The ALA Island in Second Life will also broadcast an encore presentation of the Youth Media Awards Webcast. Visitors can take advantage of in-world viewing later in the day on the ALA Island at the Main Stage.

For ALA Midwinter Meeting participants, the press conference will be held in the Colorado Convention Center in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. MT.

The press release announcing all of the winners will be posted in the Youth Media Awards Press Kit at prior to 10:30 a.m. MT.

Questions? Contact the ALSC office at

I can hardly wait!

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