YALSA President-Elect Candidate Chris Shoemaker

You’ve seen’ the slate of candidates, but want to hear more from the nominees for YALSA President and the YALSA Board?’ We’ve be talking with those individuals last week and this one here on the blog.

Candidates, 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 President-Elect Candidate Chris Shoemaker.

Your current position and institution

Teen Programming Specialist, New York Public Library

Why did you decide to run for YALSA office?

My time on YALSA Board highlighted member needs & the struggles teen librarians face. I want to provide tools & solutions that showcase us.

In a nutshell, what is your platform?

YALSA supports 21st century teen services w/ strategic partnerships addressing the educational divide, & building tools for member promotion

What experiences have you had within the division?

Now: YALSA Board Previous: Advocacy Stipend Task Force, Quick Picks, Org & Bylaws, Baker & Taylor Award Jury, Midwinter Social Event & more!

What in your background makes you a good fit for this position?

I am a consensus builder, working with many visions & shaping them into a cohesive action plan. A nationwide association needs that skill.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing YALSA?

As FT teen librarian positions vanish, YALSA must push the importance of teen services, & help members develop new relevant skill set.

How can YALSA improve services to teens?

Reaching out beyond traditional library roles, YALSA can shape education trends & youth development activities, improving all teen services

Should YALSA change their name? If so, to what?

YALSA is a strong brand, but Young Adult defines many ages now. I’d love to include engagement and teens – Libraries Engaging Teens, maybe?

What else do voters need to know about you?

I am a teen advocate and leader, and passionate about all elements of youth services. They can follow me on Twitter @doseofsnark for more!

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