YALSA Board Midwinter Update: Future of Teens and Libraries Taskforce and Next Steps

The YALSA board was busy at Midwinter recently, discussing a variety of topics and action items. The Board voted to establish a Future of Teens and Libraries taskforce, to establish a new taskforce to carry out tasks related to the implementation of YALSA activities to the roll-out of YALSA’s new report, the Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action.

In particular, members seem to be looking for two kinds of things from YALSA – communicating and building advocacy with others, including other divisions within ALA, as well as more practical, on-the-ground support, including where libraries and staff can start, examples of libraries who are already doing the work called for in the report. Members would also like to have access to some standard presentations and conversation designs they can use in their communities.

The taskforce will be responsible for prioritizing the activities YALSA needs to complete to help members take the concepts in the report and turn them into action!

We are looking for members for this taskforce. Please apply by completing the committee volunteer form right now! As the report says, you don’t have to be an expert, just willing to learn together and help support your fellow YALSA members. Your perspective is really critical to our success.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to use the presentation we shared at Midwinter about the report in your own work with stakeholders.

Stay tuned for more from this exciting taskforce!

About Maureen Hartman

I am the Division Manager for Strategic Services at the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota and a former Board member for YALSA.
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  1. I don’t see the Taskforce listed on the volunteer form. Am I just missing it?

  2. Thanks for your interest, Karin! We should have the new task forces up on the form in the next few days. In the meantime, I’ve passed on your interest to Shannon Peterson.

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