One of the things that struck me the most as I sat at YALSA 101 was the energy of YALSA. The people on the podium demonstrated a sense of humor. The program room had excitement and energy. And, there was talk of really great things going on.
YALSA 101 was held for the first time at last year’s Annual. It was a big success. This year the room was full with lots of first-time ALA attendees and that’s another exciting thing. It’s really great that those coming to ALA for the first time have a place to learn about how the Division works. There were also “old-timers” which meant there was a great mix of people who could meet and greet and learn from each other.
The purpose of YALSA 101 is to give new YALSA members info. about how the organization works and what YALSA all about. When I was new to the YALSA (just over 10 years ago) I wish that this program existed. I didn’t have a clue how to really get involved, which I wanted to do. I didn’t know how the committee appointment process works. I didn’t know who to talk to to find things out. Maybe I was simply clueless, but if YALSA 101 existed at that point then I could have been clued in with everyone else without fending for myself.
The 101 hour sped by with info about publishing for YALSA, how committee appointments work, what the different types of committees are, and so on. Great stuff and a program that I hope will continue.