August President’s Report

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

  • Held a conference call with Ritchie Momon of the Road Trip Taskforce and Elizabeth Hanisian of the State Association Outreach Taskforce about the Board decision at the Annual conference to merge those two groups into one superdynamo. Many thanks to both Elizabeth and Ritchie for their dedication to’ helping move’ these important member engagement opportunities forward. Be on the lookout for a YALSA presence at a state conference near you!’ And in the meantime, why not’ use these free materials to share information and organize a meetup’ in your own area?

  • Appointed members to serve on vacated committee positions and newly formed taskforces on’  MakerSpaces, Professional Values, Administrator Resources, and Student Member Engagement.’  There are still several slots available, feel free to let me know if you’  have the time and inclination.

  • Finalized a list of’  amazing YALSA members to serve as representatives to seventeen ALA committees and assemblies.

  • With YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke, finalized agendas and documents for the August Board Conference Call.’  The bulk of this call is to discuss Chair reports and’  assess’  progress of the annual task list.‘ 

  • Held a Board chat on “best practices” and what is needed by members on a national level.’  If approved by the board this month, the’  standing committee on’  research and best practices will make recommendations on the ideas discussed in this forum, as well as those collected during the YALSA membership meeting at ALA Annual.

  • Discussed digital trends in libraries’  for a story in EdWeek.

  • With the Executive Director and with feedback from the Executive committee,’  interviewed and selected a candidate for the’  Hub Manager position.’  Many thanks to the amazing group of people that applied and congratulations to’  the talented Allison Tran, who was selected.

  • Discussed a plan of action for the year with the President’s Program Planning Committee Chair, Linda Braun.’  Many thanks to Linda and the rest of the committee for their willingness to’  jump in and think outside the box for what I’m sure will be’  a thought-provoking process and program.

  • With President-Elect, Chris Shoemaker, planned the September Board chat on member recruitment and engagement.

  • Mark your calendars! The Board will be hosting a discussion with members on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2 p.m. EST.’  More information can be found on the YALSA Blog.


  • Teen Read Week is right around the corner! Connect with colleagues and plan your programs by registering at the official Ning.

  • Voting has begun for Teen’s Top Ten! Vote for your faves through October 19th and check out the TTT Tumblr.

  • The YALSA Advocacy page is looking more inspiring than ever, especially with the inclusion of the recently updated Advocacy Toolkit!


Thanks again to all of our generous Teen Read Week partners including Soho Teen, Blink, Dollar General, Scholastic, and ALA Graphics.

Thanks to our incoming process committee Chairs and committee members for starting your terms strong!

And thank you to our YALSA and Hub bloggers!’  I never fail to be energized by the content that’  you share on these amazing resources.

About Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson is the 2013-2014 YALSA President and Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library.
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