YALSA’s President’s Report – August 2017


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)

Don’t Forget!

Thank you

  • 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.

Respectfully submitted,

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, YALSA President 2017-2018

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