Get Involved and Help YALSA Connect, Create and Collaborate!

YALSA is seeking enthusiastic volunteers for three exciting, new taskforces. We need your expertise to help mobilize and build out these new projects so librarians & library workers all across the country can better serve teens in their libraries. The new taskforces are:

Youth Engagement Taskforce
Charge: To strengthen the strategic use of teen engagement in the mission and work of YALSA by facilitating and encouraging teen participation in existing YALSA initiatives, including 2013 & 2014 Teen Tech Weeks, 2013 & 2014 Teens’ Top Ten, 2013 & 2014 National Library Legislative Days, 2013 & 2014 Celebrate Teen Literature Day, 2013 District Days and 2013 Teen Read Week. ‘ Create and disseminate resources for members to use with their teen advisory groups in support of these initiatives. ‘ Committee members will model how the resources can be used with their own Teen Advisory Groups and promote their activities via the YALSAblog and other means to illustrate to members how teen participation can be tapped to support the work of YALSA. ‘ As necessary, coordinate efforts with appropriate YALSA groups, such as the YALSA Board, Teens’ Top Ten Committee, the YALSA Blog Managers, and the Legislation Committee. ‘ By May 15, 2014, submit a final report to the YALSA Board with recommendations on how best to proceed with a youth participation effort in YALSA.Term of appointment: 22 months beginning Sept, 2012 and ending June 30, 2014. Member group size: 7 virtual members with active TAG groups in their libraries, including a chair.

State Association Outreach Taskforce

Charge: To create a survey for state association leaders to find out what their needs are, work with YALSA’s Manager of Communications to post online and promote it, and then submit the results and an analysis to the YALSA board by Midwinter 2013. After receiving further direction from the Board, plan and implement strategies to provide effective outreach to the state associations.

Term of appointment: 22 months starting in Sept. 2012 and ending June 30, 2014. Member group size: 6 virtual members, plus a chair.

365 Days of YA Taskforce
Charge: To create a teen services resource aimed at librarian generalists and paraprofessionals by crowd sourcing 365 tried & true, easy to implement ideas for delivering services, programs and activities for and with teens that conform to YALSA’s guidelines and that promote or incorporate YALSA resources, as appropriate. Then vet them, compile them, and work with YALSA’s Manager of Communications to create an online calendar which features them and to promote them widely.

Task force term: Sept. 2012 through June 30, 2013. Member group size: 4 – 6 virtual members, plus a chair.

If you are interested in being on one of these taskforces, email YALSA President Jack Martin, jackmartin@nypl.organd complete the YALSA volunteer form located here:http://www.ala.org/CFApps/Committee/volunteerform/volunteerform2.cfm?group1=YALSA

Any questions? Contact Jack Martin or Beth Yoke at byoke@ala.org.

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