It Takes Lots of Talk to Fill a Committee

As I’ve written before, it’s process committee appointment time. That doesn’t mean that I sit around reading through forms and match volunteers with committees. While that’s a part of the process, I’m also having phone conversations with current chairs of process committees in order to better understand the work of each committee, what skills the committee chair needs to bring to the committee, and to learn about the skills needed by committee members.

As a result, I’m doing a lot of talking. But, the committee chairs are also doing a lot of talking and it’s great.’ 

There is no doubt that the work of the process committees is important to YALSA. Without this work the Division would not be able to undertake the many projects and initiatives in which they’ve been involved recently. For example without:

  • The work of the Legislation Committee and the Advocacy Task Force this blog wouldn’t be sponsoring the 28 Days of Advocacy series.
  • The work of the Teen Tech Week Committee, the Teen Tech Week mini-grants wouldn’t be judged and there would be fewer program ideas available to those sponsoring Teen Tech Week in their libraries.
  • The work of the Website Advisory Committee YALSA’s Facebook, MySpace, and wiki presences would be a lot less dynamic than they currently are.

I could go on and list many more examples of the work in which’  YALSA’s process committees are involved. However, that would make for a very long blog post. So, instead, believe me there’s a lot of great stuff going on with these committees. And, this is your chance to get involved in one.’  You can do that by filling out a Committee Volunteer form.

The deadline for volunteer form submissions is March 6.’  Once the deadline has passed, I’ll make’  appointments with the plan in mind that by the middle of April all appointments will be completed.

If you need to learn about the process committees and their work you can find more information about them on the YALSA web site. If you have more questions feel free to send me an email –

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Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

One thought on “It Takes Lots of Talk to Fill a Committee”

  1. I wanted to add to Linda’s post that being on a process committee is such a rewarding experience! I just started committee work with YALSA this year, but I have learned so much, meet so many people, and have gotten to be part of some truly wonderful projects. I have learned so many things that have helped me as a Children’s Librarian, and this is just the beginning. So, if you have the time, and want to be a part of some wonderful experiences, definitely fill out the volunteer form!

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