Monthly President's Report – September 2011

Below is a summary of activities that I have completed or am working on.

Completed Tasks

  • Committee Chairs:
    • Had phone conversations with several YALSA committee chairs about the work of their committees.
  • Board Activities:
    • Participated in September 7 Board chat on how the YALSA Board can be involved with Planned Giving and fundraising.
  • Writing:
    • Contributed two blog posts for the YALSABlog's “30 Days of How-to”
  • Continuing Education
    • Participated in “Nonprofit Financial Analysis Primer” webinar presented by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund
    • Attended two “State of the Net West” technology town hall sessions, sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus. The first featured Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and focused on the internet and legislation, particularly around piracy and copyright. The second featured Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and focused primarily on internet privacy. Ryan Calo of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society and Alan Simpson of CommonSense Media were also speakers.
    • Participated in “Social Media for Board Members” webinar presented by Raised Eyebrow Web Studio
  • Committee/Jury/Taskforce Appointments:
    • Appointed members to fill vacancies on several committees.
    • Appointed members to several new task forces.

Works in Progress

  • Continuing to appoint members to new committees and task forces
  • Continuing to work with Board members on their self-assessments and learning plans.
  • Planning for Fall Executive Committee Meeting in October.
  • Research Agenda: comments from members have been received, and the Board is now considering the latest draft.

Strategic Planning.

  • Draft Strategic Plan is now being reviewed by YALSA membership. Action plan items will be considered by the Executive Committee at the Fall Executive Board meeting in October.

Media & Outreach

  • Quoted in an article for the Austin American-Statesman about YA literature.

Important YALSA News & Reminders

Thank Yous

  • A big thank you to the BoardSource Leadership Forum and the Prudential Foundation for a $10,000 BoardSource Innovation Prize. Thanks especially to YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke and President-Elect Jack Martin who made the prize-winning presentation at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Atlanta.
  • Thank you to the Research Committee for their hard work on revising the draft Research Agenda.
  • Thank you to the Teen Guidelines committee, for submitting the latest draft of the Teen Space Guidelines. YALSA members will have an opportunity to review and comment during October.
  • A big thanks to the YA Galley Committee for reading applications and choosing ten winners, each of whom received a set of the Teens' Top Ten nominees.

YALSA Membership: total membership for August was 5,327, which is up 1% compared to the same time last year.

Friends of YALSA: in the 2011 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, The Friends of YALSA raised $14,812, which was spent to support one Spectrum Scholar ($6,500), one Emerging Leader ($1,000) and to send a "Best of the Best" packet of bookmarks, spine labels and recommended reading pamphlets to 3,600 Teen Read Week registrants ($7,312).

Leadership Endowment: the Endowment's balance at the start of the 2011 fiscal year was $42,324 and YALSA received $1,810 in donations this fiscal year.'  The fund ended fiscal year with a balance of $46,790.'  The $1,281 in interest as well as the $1,375 in earned income was rolled back into the endowment to continue to grow it enough to ensure that there's adequate revenue each year to support leadership projects.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sarah Flowers, YALSA President

About Sarah Flowers

Sarah Flowers is a YALSA Past President and former Deputy County Librarian for the Santa Clara County (CA) Library. Currently she does writing and speaking on topics related to teen services and teaches online courses for California's Infopeople Project.

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