Have you heard of YALSA’s President Program the Shark Bowl? I hope your answer is yes and you are in the process of submitting your pitch to YALSA’s President’s Program Task Force. If you haven’t heard of the YALSA’s President’s Program, that’s okay, here is some information to get you started and submitting your pitches in no time.
Do you work with teens in public and school libraries? Then the YALSA’s President’s Program Task Force is looking for YOU! to be a part of the 2015 President’s Program. Think Shark Tank, the popular TV show that features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business idea to a panel of potential investors. In YALSA’s version, library staff will pitch their ideas to a team of sharks made up of tech entrepreneurs, educators, and library staff who will provide feedback and a chance to win cash and technology prizes.
The first step is to submit a pitch to the YALSA President’s Program Planning Task Force. Task Force members will review the pitches and select up to 6 for presentation to our sharks at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 29 2015. All pitches must show that the idea:
- Supports teens in developing digital literacy skills.
- Integrates the ideas of YALSA’s Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action report
- Demonstrates involvement with the community and with teens in developing and implementing the program.
Your pitch can be for something brand new that you want to try out, or something that you have tried before and would like to enhance, change, re-envision. All submissions, no matter if you make it to the finals or not, will receive feedback from members of the President’s Program Task Force. The up to three pitches that are selected to be presented at Annual Conference 2015 will receive feedback and information on how to expand their pitch for official presentation to our panel of sharks.
Why wait? Get started on your pitch and don’t forget to submit by April 1, 2015.