Do you believe in teen library services?
The YALSA Board does, too, which is why we volunteer to do what we do, just as you as members, do.
As mentioned in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens report, it is imperative that YALSA continue to advocate for teens and libraries. Although discussions, projects, and groups are in place to support the general membership in their roles as advocates, the Board itself has not discussed what board members, as informed individuals, can do to support YALSA’s advocacy efforts.
In order to address this, the proposal that will be presented before the Board at ALA Annual consists of four components:
- a plan for YALSA as an organization and as individual board members to adopt advocacy best practices
- an update to the YALSA Board Member Responsibilities list to include advocacy efforts
- an update to the YALSA Board Member contract to include advocacy efforts
- a Board Member Advocacy checklist
Together, as a board, as an association, and with you, we want to amplify our voices to ensure that teens everywhere have access to the excellent teen library services that all communities deserve.
More information may be found in the board documents for ALA Annual that will be posted today and Monday, June 16th, 2014.
Questions, concerns or suggestions? Please send them to the following members of the YALSA Board Standing Committee on Advocacy:
Candice Mack (Chair)
Email: cmack [at] lapl.org
Thanks for all that you do for and with YALSA! Hope to see you at ALA Annual in Vegas!