YALSA 2011 Election Results

YALSA has announced the results of its election! In addition to electing candidates, all four bylaws measures passed:  creating a membership category for non-salaried librarians, creating a membership category for young adult services advocates, changing dues rates  for certain member categories, and reorganizing the nominating committee. For details, visit YALSA’s elections page. For results from ALA’s general election, please visit the ALA elections page.

Candidate results are as follows; bylaws details are after the jump. Thank you to all who ran for office this year!

YALSA President-Elect

Jack Martin

YALSA Fiscal Officer

Penny Johnson

YALSA Secretary

Sarajo Wentling

YALSA Board of Directors

3-year Term

Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Gail Tobin

Christian Zabriskie

Edwards Committee

Charli Osborne

Ed Spicer

Jamie Watson

Printz Committee

Louise Brueggemann

Sharon Grover

Sharon Rawlins

Sarah Bean Thompson

Nonfiction Committee

Ruth Allen

Angie Manfredi

Judy Nelson

Laura Pearle

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YALSA Blog Tweets of the Week – April 29, 2011

A short list of tweets posted over the last week that librarians and the teens that they serve may find interesting:

  • What Is a Book? The Definition Continues to Blur http://dlvr.it/PP1Nj – @gigaom
  • New bulletin board with QR code! #lis460 http://t.co/r222reT – @talyasokoll
  • QR code bkmrks ready 2 go 4 collecting Quick Picks feedback. QR leads 2 Ggl form. Other side is print ver of form http://yfrog.com/h4fvzeaj – @jbhedin
  • This just depresses me: “How to uncover your kids’ Facebook secrets” http://bit.ly/f7tXzU Great way to destroy kids’ trust. – @zephoria
  • Via @MindShiftKQED: Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites | http://t.co/CtMq7Md – via @ghartman
  • How Schools Can Use Facebook to Build an Online Community http://on.mash.to/dHepkq a good post for communication directors – @dcinc66 Continue reading

Near and Far: Advocate from Wherever You Are

Want to advocate for your libraries? Want the chance for your legislators to hear what you have to say on National Library Legislative Day? Not sure how to make this happen when you lack the funds to travel?

There is an answer! The American Library Association will be hosting a virtual NLLD for all those who want to give their support but are limited in their ability to travel to the capital. You can still be part of the effort by calling, emailing, or writing your representatives on  May 10th or even the entire week of May 9-13.

To help you in getting your message crafted and to your elected officials, ALTAFF  and I Love Libraries have set up, on their respective websites www.ala.org/altaff and www.ilovelibraries.org, informative talking points and links, contact information, and promotional materials.

Even if you can’t be a physical presence on Capital Hill on NLLD, you can still be a vocal one! Start accessing the resources today, and take this unique opportunity to have your voice heard! The more the better!

Are You Registered?

The future of libraries is in our hands. Over the course of two days, librarians and library advocates have the unique opportunity to have their voices heard by the elected leaders of this country. National Library Legislative Day will be taking place on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th.

It is easy to register…ALA has a National Library Legislative Day webpage that makes getting involved a snap. On this page, one can look at photos from NLLD 2009, register for the event, and even reserve a hotel room for the duration.

For those who are first-time participants, there will be an informative training session entitled “Introduction to National Library Legislative Day: How to Make Your Participation Effective,” on Sunday, May 8th at the ALA Washingtion Off ice from 3:00-5:30 p.m.  

There are so many issues on the table that affect librarians, libraries, and the millions of patrons and communities out there.  All of the legislative representatives need to hear about why it is so important to support libraries when it comes to issues such as  Access, Copyright, Broadband and Telecommunications development, as well as many others.

Are you registered? What are you waiting for? Libraries need Advocates!!!! Libraries need YOU!!!

I got the spring break blues

Last week was spring break, which means that this week, teens are dragging themselves back to school and back into their normal lives. I know a lot of them thought their break was much too short–but for me, it was much too long: there was absolutely no one at the library last week and I was lonely!

I should have known this was coming since the public schools also get a week off in February and the library was dead during that week (my library serves a very family-based area, so when the kids have vacation, everyone has vacation), but I’d also been attributing some of the February quiet to the weather being especially crummy and the families who were home wanting to stay out of the snow and ice and ick. I was hoping that spring break would be different.

But it wasn’t, really. We’re very firmly an after-school destination. The good side of that is that kids come to the library just to hang out, and in getting to know the regulars, I’ve cultivated a core group of kids that attend nearly every program I put on. But the downside is that if there is no school, we’re not a destination–and I think that above all else is the primary thing I want to change in the next couple of years. I want kids to come to the library not just because it’s within walking distance of school and they need somewhere to be until their parents get home from work. I want the library to be a place they want to go because there’s something specific here for them that they want to do or use or experience. I think part of it is the battle all of us fight to successfully advertise ourselves, but a big part of it is that our programs and services for teens are still really new.

I have some plans for how to do that (though I’d love more ideas if you have them!), but for now, I’m just going to revel in actually having my patrons back in my library after a long and lonely week! I was able to knock out a lot of planning and paperwork while they were gone, but having to do all of that boring stuff and go to meetings without the relief of being able to talk about Minecraft, joke around with my TAB kids, or do any readers’ advisory at all left me feeling out of sorts and made me realize that I am definitely in this profession for the kids, not for the library itself.

I’m really into the goals and ideals of our profession and I want to promote all of the great things libraries do that people might not know about and to make information more accessible and understandable to people. I like YA lit a lot and I’m interested in raising its reputation outside the YA world. But what really matters to me is what I can do to make my teens’ lives–both right now and in the future–more awesome.

I want to help them find reading material that is engaging to them. I want to help them totally nerd out in their interests and hobbies. I want them to be able to have fun, to have opportunities to grow as people, and to feel valued in our community. I want to be their advocates within the library and to everyone else in the town. As overly earnest as it sounds, I want to use the library as a force for good in their lives.

I was kind of surprised by how bummed a week without my patrons made me feel, but it’s shown me that they’re definitely what gives my job meaning. I like that I know that about myself now, and I’m really looking forward to building our teen services and getting the word out about what we do.

Write for the YALSA Blog!

Do you read the YALSA Blog regularly and wish you could contribute? Now is your chance! We’re looking for new bloggers to join our award-winning team.

The YALSA Blog is the place to turn for opinion and commentary on young adult librarianship, advocacy, trends in YA services and more. We tackle controversial topics and review the best apps for teens, as well as providing information on YALSA services, member groups, and events. The blog also takes on special month-long projects and offers
live coverage of YALSA events, including teen feedback on the Best Fiction for Young Adults and the presentation of the Youth Media Awards.

If you are a YALSA member and interested in writing for the blog, please contact me, mk Eagle, at eagle.mk@gmail.com.

Committee update

Many thanks to all the YALSA members who have so generously volunteered their time to be on YALSA’s process committees, juries, and task forces. Most committees for the 2011-12 year have been filled, but there are a few spaces left–and of course, there will be openings throughout the year as events occur and new task forces are created.

If you live in southern California and would be interested in helping out with local arrangements for ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, please let me know right away (sarahflowers@charter.net).

A few committees won’t be filled until after the election results are known at the end of the week. Two of those are Strategic Planning and Organization and Bylaws, so if you have an interest in either, you should let me know this week.

Thank you again to everyone who sent in a volunteer form. It has been a great experience for me to get to know something about so many YALSA members. We could not do all the things we do without you!

Sarah Flowers, YALSA President-Elect

Transparency – Key to Great Teen Services

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about transparency in teen services. Partly I’ve been thinking about it because I’m preparing for a YALSA Institute on advocacy and teen services. In my preparations it’s become more and more clear that without being transparent about what teen librarians do every day in order to serve teens effectively, it’s not possible to advocate for the value of teen services.

For example: If items are purchased for a teen collection and the teen librarian is a bit uncomfortable about how adults in the community will react to the items, then sometimes a teen librarian will hide the items away on the shelves, not displaying them or mentioning them to colleagues, administration or adults in the community, but hoping that teens with an interest will find them. Continue reading

YALSA Blog Tweets of the Week – April 22, 2011

A short list of tweets posted over the last week that librarians and the teens that they serve may find interesting:

  • When you show teens that you value them expect amazing results – @kttrend
  • New Post: A Teen Speaks: The Pros and Cons of Facebook http://mbist.ro/idFXkd – @SocialTimes
  • Teen Curators at the Institute of Contemporary Art – http://nyti.ms/fGsEKS (we like teens evn tho they have big backpacks & r always hugry) – @gcaserotti
  • 2011 Street Lit Book Award Medal Winners announced http://tinyurl.com/3erm6nb – @nina1186
  • Number of students using eReaders doubled in last 5 months; 1 in 5 bought eBook in last 3 mo. http://mbist.ro/foscvJ – @ebooknewser
  • MIT Creates The One Video Game You’ll Be Thrilled To See Your Kid Get Hooked On http://bit.ly/ecJpjf – @fastcompany Continue reading