Taskforces Galore!!!

Wanna get involved in YALSA right now? YALSA needs your help! We’re looking for expert programmers, Teen Read Week gurus, Teen Tech Week geniuses, Road Trip afficionados, Common Core Standards experts and more!

Based on Board decisions at the 2013 Midwinter Conference, I’ll be making appointments to the following Super! Awesome! Taskforces! All you have to do is complete the volunteer form.

Here’s the complete list of opportunities:

Programming Guidelines Development Taskforce

Review the current library literature to determine existing best practices in library programming for and with teens and use the findings to develop a set of guidelines.  Submit a draft of the guidelines to the Executive Committee by October 1, 2013.  Incorporate feedback received from the committee and present a refined draft to the YALSA Board by Feb. 1, 2014.  Make further edits based on board feedback, then work with YALSA staff to open up a call for public comments on the draft guidelines by June 1, 2014.  Based on public feedback, make final edits to the document and submit it to YALSA’s Board by October 1, 2014. Taskforce size: 5-7 virtual members. Term: March 1, 2013 through January 31, 2015.

State Conferences Road Trip Taskforce

With assistance from YALSA’s Program Coordinator for Membership, implement an on-going Road Trip effort to state or regional public and school library association conferences by 1) Updating and streamlining existing Road Trip materials to create an improved toolkit with suggestions, guidelines, and strategies for local members to use and implement at a Road Trip event; 2) Identifying up to ten state or regional library conferences for YALSA to target each year, with the first five occurring in the Fall of 2013, and submit to the Board for approval; 3) Identifying, recruiting, and training local YALSA members to staff a YALSA booth, present a YALSA program, and/or host a social event; 4) Communicating with state association leaders to ensure Road Trip efforts are mutually beneficial; 5) Promoting the Road Trip via various YALSA channels such as the e-news, listservs, and blog; 6) Creating and implement a plan for evaluating the impact of the program; 7) Providing a progress report to the YALSA Board as requested as well as a final report in June 2014 with recommendations for whether or not to continue the Road Trip effort.  Taskforce size: 5 – 7 virtual members. Term: March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Teen Read Week Evaluation Taskforce

Analyze existing survey and other data as well as work with staff, the Board, current and past Teen Read Week Committees, and other YALSA groups as appropriate in order to evaluate the overall impact of Teen Read Week in order to determine 1) whether or not it succeeds in fulfilling its stated goals, 2) the degree to which it meets member needs, 3) to what extent the program benefits the organization, and 4) what opportunities, if any, exist to improve the program.  Taskforce size: 5-7 members, including at least one current or past Teen Read Week Committee member and at least one current Board member. Term: March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Teen Tech Week Evaluation Taskforce

Analyze existing survey and other data as well as work with staff, the Board, current and past Teen Tech Week Committees, and other YALSA groups as appropriate in order to evaluate the overall impact of Teen Tech Week in order to determine 1) whether or not it succeeds in fulfilling its stated goals, 2) the degree to which it meets member needs, 3) to what extent the program benefits the organization, and 4) what opportunities, if any, exist to improve the program.  Taskforce size: 5-7 members, including at least one current or past Teen Tech Week Committee member and at least one current Board member. Term: March 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Writing Award Evaluation Taskforce

Evaluate the success of the YALSA Writing Award, including: 1) measuring impact and determining whether or not the award should continue, 2) evaluating the method of funding for the award, and 3) if the taskforce’s recommendation is to continue the award, address any recommendations relating to improvements/refinements needed in policies, procedures, criteria and funding.  Taskforce size: 5 members, including at least one member editor/manager and at least one prior Writing Award Jury member.  Term: March 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014.

Joint Division Common Core Taskforce
Consider how school and public libraries can work together to address the Common Core State Standards (CSS). Develop strategies to support members with CCSS implementation; specifically regarding the role of the public librarian. Develop a presentation on the basics of CCSS that can be presented at public library conference/meetings to help public librarians understand and use the language of CCSS and develop programs and services that address common core issues. Create a tool kit for a workshops for parents on the CCSS and how they can help students. Conduct a joint webinar highlighting best practices. Collaborate with the AASL Common Core Implementation Assistance Task Force in identifying appropriate resources and activities. Taskforce size: 5 members plus chair. Term: April 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to yours truly with any questions!

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