- Participated in many phone calls and email conversations with YALSA staff, board members, and committee members
- The February monthly chat with the YALSA Board was facilitated by Rob Johnson, who also co-led the Cultural Competency training at Midwinter. Board members reviewed current YALSA products and services and discussed possible board actions: monitor, streamline, update, or sunset. No actions were taken, but this initial conversation was necessary to gauge the possible actions over the next few months in order to initiate new projects aligned to the organizational plan.
- Appointed chairs and members of three new task forces that were created by the Board at Midwinter
- Filled vacancies on various strategic committees as they occurred
- Held a YALSA Member Town Hall about Social Action on Feb. 28. Read more about it here.
- The Board moved to accept this proposal to move to a short-term, point-of-need mentoring effort, and directs the Executive Director to work with the CE Consultant to create an implementation plan and submit a progress report to the board for its June 2017 meeting.
- Communicated with ALA President Julie Todaro, YALSA’s representative to the ALA Executive Board, with followup from Midwinter
- More than 50 YALSA members volunteered to serve as bloggers for Quick Picks and Amazing Audiobooks this year!
- The Board’s three standing committees reviewed the quarterly reporting forms from chairs and board members should have responded where necessary to chairs.
- ALSC endorsed YALSA’s Position Paper – The Library’s Role in Protecting Teen Privacy
- Worked the exhibit booth at the Illinois Youth Services Institute in Springfield, Illinois, and hosted an energizing meetup conversation about College, Career, and Adulting for Teens
Works in Progress
- Working with the Executive Committee to plan the YALSA Executive Committee virtual meeting in April
- Working with board standing committees to prepare board documents for virtual discussion before Annual
- Planning for National Volunteer Week, National Library Workers’ Day and School Library Month!
- Preparing to attend National Library Legislative Day in May!
Stats and Data
- January member stats: 4,847 members (down 6.9% from this time last year)
- Fundraising: $620 in February
- I voted in the ALA /YALSA election yesterday, did you? Check your email for your ballot because the ALA/YALSA election is now open! See the sample ballot here, and let me know if you have any questions.
- Register now for the webinar on March 16: STEM Impact Through Youth Voice.
- Don’t forget to check out the Current Projects page to stay updated on what’s going on!
- to our Executive Director Beth Yoke! She recently submitted the new YALSA Research Agenda to the Issuelab, a service of Foundation Center. The website collects, connects, and shares knowledge about critical social issues in an easy-to-use database. You can also find the The Futures of Library Services for & With Teens: A Call to Action and the Executive Summary in the database. It’s awesome that non-library organization can find our important publications easily!
- to all our members for all that you do to support teens and teen library services in your communities!
Sarah Hill, YALSA President 2016-2017