April President’s Report!

It’s been another busy month in YALSA land. Here’s what’s been going on!

Key Activities:

Collaborated with the Digital Media and Learning team to build out a month-long series about Teens and the Future of Libraries for connectedlearning.tv. Each episode is hosted every Tuesday in May with a different topic. The full schedule is:

May 2: Kick-off: Teens and the Future of Libraries

May 7: The Importance of Youth Access to Technology in Libraries

May 14: Effectively Leveraging Social Media in Library Programs

May 21: Getting Library & IT Administrators On-Board with Leveraging Social Media

May 28: Teens and the Future of Libraries: Sharing Best Practices

Tune in via Livestream at: http://www.livestream.com/connectedlearningtv

Hosted a meeting with key leaders from YALSA’s research arena to talk about future research projects for YALSA, especially around Priority Area 1 in YALSA’s Research Agenda.

Recorded a new Get Involved webinar with tons of cool new ideas. Find it here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/getinvolved/getinvolved (it’s free & it’s only 16 minutes long!)

Represented YALSA at the 2013 Wrestlemania Reading Challenge Championships in New York City!

Hosted the spring YALSA Executive Committee Meeting via conference call. You can find our agenda and meeting minutes here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/ec/ecmeetings

Attended the April National Summit on Teens & Libraries Virtual Town Hall on learning spaces in libraries. The next session is on Tuesday, May 21. See you there! www.ala.org/yaforum/virtual-town-hall

Outreach & Media:

Interviewed by by several news outlets for WWE & YALSA’s Wrestlemania Reading Challenge Championships, held in New York City.

Important Dates:

Join the third National Forum on Teens and Libraries virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 21 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/

YALSA’s book sale ends 6/1. ‘ $10 off select titles! www.ala.org/yalsa/products%26publications/yalsapubs/books

Stats:

Membership for March 5,189 (-.06% compared to last Feb.)

Donations in March: $130

Ballyhoos and Lovebombs:

Thanks big time to the Teen Read Week committee for the heavy lifting you all did to get the new theme live online! www.ala.org/teenread

Thanks a whole bunch to the Teens’ Top Ten committee for tall the work you did to help select this year’s nominations! www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

Congratulations to Jenna Nemec-Loise for winning YALSA’s ‘ travel grant to National Library Legislative Day! It was great to meet you in Washington DC! ‘ Apply by Dec. 1st to attend the 2014 NLLD www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/yalsaawardsgrants

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