Midwinter YALSA Board Decisions

The YALSA Board of Directors had a jam-packed agenda at Midwinter. Minutes will be available soon, but meanwhile, here are some of the major decisions that we made.

Note that the Board voted to establish several new task forces. If you are interested in being on any of these task forces, please submit a volunteer form right away.’ 

  • Voted to name a new scholarship the Dorothy Broderick Conference Scholarship for Students, and directed the President to appoint a jury to vet the applications. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring, for attendance at ALA Annual Conference 2012.
  • Confirmed Carrie Kausch as the first YALSA Board Fellow.
  • Approved funds for a marketing consultant to evaluate YALSA’s current marketing strategy and develop new marketing strategies.
  • Approved the use of the interest from the Morris Endowment for FY12-FY14 to promote YALSA’s book and media lists and awards.
  • Directed the President to establish a task force to explore the feasibility of increasing the frequency of the YA Lit Symposium to a yearly event, beginning in 2014.
  • Directed the President to establish a task force to create advocacy benchmarks.
  • Approved using Friends of YALSA funds in 2012 to support the “YALSA Box” resource to provide and promote materials free to members to host a YALSA-related event in their community.
  • Directed the President to establish a task force to monitor trends in e-content, including apps and enhanced e-books. Some of the task force’s tasks might include creating tip sheets related to teens and e-content; keeping members up to date on e-content news via the blog; and suggesting topics for webinars and e-courses.
  • Established an ad-hoc Board subcommittee to explore the feasibility of converting one or more award or selection committee to an all-virtual committee.
  • Directed the President to establish a task force to develop a manual for the Excellence in Nonfiction Award committee.
  • Established an ad-hoc Board subcommittee to create a menu of options to explore how YALSA could easily involve teens in the work of YALSA.
  • Directed the President to establish a task force of members from the school library community to make recommendations to the Board for engaging school library members and raising awareness of YALSA’s resources and services among school librarians.

Sarah Flowers

YALSA President


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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.