You’ve seen’ the slate of candidates, but want to hear more from the nominees for YALSA President and the YALSA Board?’ We’ll be talking with those individuals this week and next here on the YALSAblog.
Candidates, who will be presented in alphabetical order, were asked to contain their responses to a twitter-ish 140 characters, but I know their enthusiasm comes through even given the enforced brevity.
Today, YALSA Board Candidate Matthew Moffett.
Your current position and institution
Assistant Branch Manager, Fairfax County Public Libraries, Fairfax County, Va.
Why did you decide to run for YALSA office?
After serving on a variety of committees I feel like I have the experience to step into a larger leadership role.
In a nutshell, what is your platform?
To continue growth, @yalsa needs to reach beyond the boundaries of YA librarians to other library workers who work with teens every day.
What experiences have you had within the division?
I’ve served on Organization and Bylaws, Great Graphic Novels, the yalsa blog & podcast, and organized programs for conventions/symposiums
What in your background makes you a good fit for this position?
My various roles with @yalsa has given me a broad overview of how we work as an organization. Also have previous experience on other boards.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing YALSA?
Finances and promoting the organization beyond the normal boundaries of YA & Children’s Librarians
How can YALSA improve services to teens?
Developing stronger partnerships with other groups that serve teens, both within ALA and beyond, can lead us to unconsidered innovations
Should YALSA change their name? If so, to what?
Not without serious thought. Would be nice to include the word Advocate or Alliance into the name, though.
What else do voters need to know about you?
I’m very excited and honored to be considered for this chance to give back to YALSA