- YALSA receives IMLS Grant for National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through CE Project!
- As a result of the White House’s budget proposal eliminating all federal funds for libraries, YALSA‘s Board voted to re-open the travel stipend application in order to send an additional member to Washington D.C. to advocate for teens and libraries. Thanks to you, YALSA was able to send a third YALSA member, Peter Langella, to DC to advocate to #saveIMLS and support #netneutrality!
- Traveled to DC for my very first National Library Legislative Day and went to 7 meetings on the Hill in 7 hours! It was energetic and eye-opening and I enjoyed the conversations I had with committee and Congress representatives. Some of the meetings were held jointly with my colleagues from AASL, ALSC, PLA, and ACRL. You can read more about my day in DC in Beth Yoke’s blogpost.
- Led the April board chat about Legislative Advocacy and YALSA’s role in advocating for teens
- The YALSA elections were a success! Thanks to all who voted and ran for office!
- A new Teen Services Coordinators Interest Group was created. Members can join YALSA’s channel on Slack to participate
- Filled the board vacancy of secretary due to current secretary Crystle Martin being elected to President-Elect
- In the process of filling the board-member-at-large vacancy due to Franklin Escobedo moving to secretary
- Prepared messages to send to YALSA members about School Library Month, National Library Workers Day, and National Volunteer Week
- Along with other board members, sent thank you cards to YALSA volunteers
- The Executive Committee met virtually on April 18, and discussed these documents
- Wrote my last YALS presidents column (yay!)
- Teen Read Week Initiative Launched!
- Filled various openings on committees and task forces
- 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced!
- Answered questions from YALSA members about committees, task forces, and various other topics
Works in Progress
- Advocating! Please email, Tweet and/or call the offices of your two U.S. Senators and ask them to sign on to the “dear appropriator” letters for two critical pieces of library funding: the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Ready to use messages are waiting for you at: http://cqrcengage.com/ala/home
- Advocate for Net Neutrality, too! Go to www.gofccyourself.com, choose New Filing, and tell the FCC why we need the current regulation to stay in place.
- Working with the board to plan the agenda for ALA Annual
- Working with the board and YALSA Staff on the 2017-2018 Implementation Plan for our Strategic Plan
- Preparing for committee chair transition after Annual
- Searching for a YALSA Member to be the next Member Manager for The Hub–apply by June 1!
Stats and Data
- Funds raised in March = $280
- YALSA Membership 4,838 (down 6.8% over March 2016)
- Registration is now open for the 2017 YA Services Symposium, which will take place Nov. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. Register now through Sept. 15 and save with early bird rates! Housing is also open now through Oct. 1.
- Members can reserve their free seat in the May 18 webinar: Repair the Harm: Restorative Approaches to Behavior Management in Libraries, as well as a three-part summer series Creative Youth Development: a Three Part Series
- Don’t forget to check out the Current Projects page to stay updated on what’s going on!
- Quarterly chair reports are due May 15!
- to all our members for all that you do to support teens and teen library services in your communities!
- Thanks to the Teen Read Week Committee for their contributions to the TRW site and Unleash Your Story Manual!
Sarah Hill, YALSA President 2016-2017