Five Amazing (and really critical!) reasons for Running for a YALSA Office and Serving on the YALSA Board!

We are just about a month away from ALA Annual and I’m looking forward to catching up with YALSA friends. Recently I was asked why I served on the YALSA Board and what was in it for me. My answer could be a short novel! However, to keep it brief here are my top reasons for serving on the YALSA Board and running for a YALSA office.

1)       It is a great opportunity to develop and cultivate new leadership skills in a very supportive and terrific environment.

2)      It is a great way to get involved while expanding your knowledge of team building, board development and more that is practical to your day jobs.

3)      It is a great way to meet new people who share a common interest: creating and providing excellent service and resources to our teens!

4)      It looks great on your resume AND considered when moving up in your organization. Board experience is a great career builder!

5)      I value the most the friends I made while serving on the YALSA Board and while serving as the YALSA Fiscal Officer. They come from all over the country and it is always a highlight to see them at conferences and events.

So think about volunteering as a Board member and running for a YALSA position. It is an incredibly positive experience and memorable. Additional information and FAQ’s are available on the YALSA website and here is a link to the nomination form – http://www.ala.org/yalsa/governance-candidacy-form. See you in New Orleans!

Mary Hastler is the Chief Executive Officer of Harford County Public Library in Maryland. Ms. Hastler is a Past-President of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators and Past President of the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Hastler is the recipient of the Maryland Library Association Outstanding Member Award 2018. She was recognized by The Daily Record as an Influential Marylander 2017, and a 2017, 2015 and 2013 Top 100 Women in Maryland earning the Circle of Excellence distinction. Mary is an active member of YALSA and served five years on the YALSA Board in various capacities including Fiscal Officer. She is also active in ALA and PLA.

Ms. Hastler received a Master of Library Science in 2002 from the University of Maryland, College Park, College of Library and Information Services, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration Human Resources from Towson State University, Towson, MD. In addition, she received a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in 1998. She is a graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy.

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