Election Season Begins: A Report from YALSA’s Coffee with the Candidates

For the second year during Midwinter YALSA sponsored a Coffee with the Candidates. This event gives members of the association the chance to meet with those running for governance positions (on the 2012 slate) to ask questions about why each candidate is interested in running, what they think they bring to YALSA, and so on. Last year and this year I was impressed both with the questions being asked and with the thoughtfulness of the candidates in answering member questions. The small group speed networking format of the Coffee is perfect for getting to know each other.

At the beginning of the program all of the candidates agreed to be interviewed by members of YALSA’s 2012 Nominating Committee. You can listen to these informal interviews by selecting the links below. (You will also get a sense of the atmosphere of the Coffee via the background noise – including shouts of excitement and laughter.)

Vicki Emery and Steve Matthews running for ALA Councillor interviewed by Franklin Escobedo
Vicki Emery and Steve Matthews running for ALA Councillor interviewed by Franklin Escobedo

Priscille Dando, Sarah Soggigian, Matthew Moffett, and Candice Mack running for YALSA Board – interviewed by Judy Nelson
Priscille Dando, Sarah Soggigian, Matthew Moffett, and Candice Mack running for YALSA Board – interviewed by Judy Nelson

Mary Hastler and Shannon Peterson running for YALSA President-Elect/President – interviewed by Franklin Escobedo
Mary Hastler and Shannon Peterson running for YALSA President-Elect/President – interviewed by Franklin Escobedo

Over the next several weeks there will be more posts on the YALSA Blog about the election and voting. Don’t forget that the polls open March 19 and close April 27. All YALSA members want to take the opportunity to vote when the polls are open. It’s your opportunity to make sure YALSA is the association that you want it to be.

About 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.
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