According to YALSA’s The Future of Libraries for and with Teens report, libraries â€œmust look to other organizations and individuals who share similar values about empowering and supporting teens in gaining the skills they need to be engaged citizens.â€ The library board will be considering how they may be able to accept that challenge at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Up for discussion is the creation of an Advocates’ Advisory Panel. The Panel, made up of non-members in related fields (afterschool agencies, research, youth development, education), would serve as an ad-hoc group to advise the YALSA Board on various topics related the Future of Library Services for and with Teens Report, the 2015 strategic plan, and other topics as identified by the Board. They would also act as informed advocates in sharing news and updates related to YALSA and the teen library services community with their respective networks.
I look forward to further exploring how this might work in just a few weeks. Check out this and other Board docs to learn more. Questions? Ideas? Feel free to contact me: @shantasmagoria, firstname.lastname@example.org