August has been a busy month. Here are some highlights.
- Appointed Stephen Ashley as member manager of the HUB
- Filled committee vacancies and finalized appointments to the Ready to Code grant review committee and Advancing Diversity Taskforce
- Wrote a blog post entitled In The Aftermath of Charlottesville
- Wrote President’s message for Fall issue of YALS
- Participated in call with IMLS staff about their proposed strategic framework
- Reviewed committee task lists
- Attended ALSC Community Forum: Social Justice Practices in Youth Librarianship
- Communicated with YALSA leaders, chairs, members, and ALSC & AASL presidents
- Prepared for September Board chat, Standing Board Committee chair meeting, and monthly President’s phone call with Past and Incoming Presidents
Works in Progress
- With a $500,000 sponsorship from Google, YALSA is administering Libraries Ready to Code – a grant program for libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with underrepresented youth. Almost 400 applications were received!
- YALSA’s Competencies document is currently being updated and a draft will be available in Sept. for public comment
Stats and Data
- Funds raised in July: $834.34
- Member stats for July: 4,774 (down 4.7% over this time last year)
- Registration is open for the 2017 YA Services Symposium, Nov. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. Register through Sept. 15 and save with early bird rates! Housing is also open now through Oct. 1.
- YALSA just released a Teen Literacies Toolkit
- Check out the Current Projects page to stay updated on what’s going on!
- To Molly Wetta for serving as our fabulous Hub Member Manager for the past two years!
- To Linda Braun, Kafi Kumasi, Satia Orange, Crystle Martin, Mega Subramaniam, and others for helping to staff booths at IASL and NCAALX!
- To Hailley Fargo, Kristin Fontichiaro, Jennifer Luetkemeyer, Trent McLees, Renee McGrath, Allison Renner, and Julie Stivers for participating in the creation of YALSA’s Teen Literacies Toolkit.
- To all our members for all that you do to support teens and teen library services in your communities.
- To Beth Yoke and Linda Braun for their work on a YALSA preliminary IMLS grant proposal.
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, YALSA President 2017-2018
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