March 2013 President’s Report!

What’s been happening at YALSA? Tons of cool stuff! From the Common Core to Connected Learning to Taskforces, Teen Tech Week and more! It’s all here…

Key Activities:

Collaborated with ALSC and AASL to create and appoint the inter-divisional Common Core Task Force, a team tasked with developing materials to educate members of all three divisions on the Common Core.

Chaired the March YALSA Board meeting via conference call. Draft minutes from the call are online at http://ow.ly/jHX4c

Attended the Digital Media & Learning Conference and met with the Connected Learning team to plan YALSA’s partnership with Connected Learning TV in May. ‘ More information is online at www.ala.org/yalsa/issues-current-projects

Convened a key discussion with YALSA members serving on various research-focused committees around the future of YALSA’s research agenda.

Represented YALSA at the Children’s Book Council Meeting on March 22 to share YALSA’s new resources and initiatives.

Appointed several new taskforces, including the Teen Tech Week and Teen Read Week Evaluation taskforces, the Programming Guidelines taskforce and more.

Outreach & Media:

Interviewed by New Jersey Public Radio on Teen Tech Week.

Important Dates:

Don’t forget to vote! The ALA Election ballot is open until April 26, 2013!

Join the second National Forum on Teens and Libraries virtual town hall on Tuesday, April 16 at 2PM Eastern. Check out Linda Braun’s post on the YALSA blog here: http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2013/03/29/yalsa-virtual-town-hall-2-teen-learning-environments-you-want-to-be-there/

Stats:

Membership for Feb. 5,200 (-.2% compared to last Feb.)

Donations in Feb: $125

‘ Ballyhoos and Lovebombs:

Thanks big time to the Teen Tech Week committee for creating and hosting such a spectacular week of activities!

Thanks to all the participants who shared their ideas in the first virtual town hall session for the National Forum on Teens and Libraries.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To Carrie Kausch and the President’s Program team for selecting the winners for the Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults. You are all awesome!

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