Individually, we are all probably feeling the effect of the current economic downturn and I know that I am. In addition, my library system had budget cuts this year both from local and state support. We are also facing furloughs in the upcoming fiscal year (begins July 1) as well as additional cuts. I wish that I could say that YALSA and ALA are immune to the economic troubles but they are not. However, both ALA and YALSA have been proactive in seeking new revenue funding streams as well as implementing cost savings. So what does this have to do with YALSA members?
There are ways that we can support YALSA and as a group get through the economic crisis together. Here are a few ideas.
- Committees can maximize the use of free or inexpensive tools to accomplish this work, such as Twitter or SurveyMonkey.
- Committees who are working on programs can think about minimizing or curtailing the use of AV at conferences.
- Members can also actively participate in continuing education opportunities such as ecourses and online blog discussions.
- Members can also continue to support the Friends of YALSA and the YALSA Leadership Endowment. Both of these iniatiatives provide support to YALSA’s mission of continuous learning; advocacy; research; teen literacy & young adult literature; and planning for the future.
I am sure there are other ways that we can continue to support YALSA and would love to add to the above list.