Every fall the executive committees of ALA divisions meet in Chicago in order to plan for the upcoming months and year. The weekend of meetings is often referred to as Fall Exec and this year’s meetings take place this weekend.
For YALSA, the Executive Committee (made up of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary, fiscal officer and division councilor) meets on Friday morning and all day Saturday. On Friday afternoon YALSA’s Executive Committee members join with other division leaders at a large group meeting to talk about ALA’s strategic plan.
YALSA’s meetings this weekend will cover a lot of ground including discussion of the Division’s finances, conflict of interest policy for those editing YALSA publications, support of interest and discussion groups, revisions to teen librarian competencies, the Division’s selected list portfolio, and training for the chairs and conveners of various YALSA member groups. The full agenda is available to YALSA members on the YALSA Members Only web site.
There is a lot to talk about, and as I know from attending the meetings last year, there will be a lot of thinking, planning, and hard work over a couple of days. Following the discussions this weekend, Executive Committee members will be in touch with members of YALSA’s Board and some member groups to talk about ideas and plans that came out of the meetings and to plan for the upcoming months of YALSA programs and services.