It’s been a bit busy since October, but I still wanted to get this posted, especially since it impacts a lot of what the YALSA Board does at Midwinter, and Midwinter is fast approaching!
In October YALSA’s Executive Committee gathered in Chicago for two and a half days of meetings. The first day was a great chance to work across divisions, roundtables and ALA with presidents, president-elects, and past presidents, as well as ALA staff. Like YALSA, ALA is currently doing strategic planning, and that was the focus of our work together. The new plan from ALA will focus on three areas: advocacy, information policy and professional development. You can learn more and join the discussion in ALA Connect.
Once that was done, the Executive Committee focused on issues impacting YALSA. That included:
- Moving to an outcomes based approach to planning and assessment in YALSA
- Getting the new Margaret Edwards Trust up and running and discussing its potential for funding literacy related projects
- Prioritizing next steps for the association based on the recommendations in the report, “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action”
- Talking about best practices in change management and how to incorporate them into the work of the Board
- Reviewing a report from the Student Member Engagement Taskforce
- Analyzing YALSA member survey results and discussing implications the results have on YALSA’s next round of strategic planning
- Reviewing a draft of YALSA’s upcoming Programming Guidelines, which we anticipate will be finalized by February
- Making preliminary plans for strategic planning activities for the Board and for members at the ALA Midwinter Meeting
The full agenda and accompanying documents are available in the Governance section of the web site for you to review. No final decisions were made, as the Executive Committee isn’t a decision making body, but these discussions will help inform future Board meetings and decision making. Many of these same topics will be on the Board’s agenda for Midwinter. In some cases the Executive Committee might choose to write up a request for Board action about an issue or idea that came out of the October discussions.
Right now, YALSA’s Board is developing the agenda for our meetings at Midwinter, and I’m busy asking Board members to complete documents or help address agenda items. If you have any ideas for agenda items or requests for board action, please contact me by the end of December. Once the agenda is finalized in January, I’ll share a blog post with you highlighting some of the issues and topics on the agenda.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Are you interested in getting more involved with YALSA? Maybe you’re curious about the appointments process or other service opportunities?
Join me (@doseofsnark) for a Twitter chat on November 20th, starting at 8 pm Eastern. I’ll be answering questions about various ways that you can get involved with YALSA, from just joining to blogging to serving on a committee. This is a fantastic way to discover what opportunities are the right fit for you.
Get involved and follow the conversation with the hashtag #yalsachat. See you 11/20 at 8 pm EST!
Greetings YALSA members! I hope all your back to school activities have gone well, and that you're enjoying busy libraries and packed programs. I'm sending along a combined July / August President's report this time around, but will be back to monthly reports after this.
- Attended ALA inauguration brunch following Annual 2014 closing Session
- Conducted board orientation session for new board members
- Conducted Board Development conversation regarding activities and duties of board standing committees
- Finished appointments to 2016 Printz, Edwards, and Non-fiction committees
- With executive Director, identified YALSA members to serve as liaisons or representatives to ALA Committees and Affiliate groups.
- With YALSA Board, nominated YALSA representative for IFLA
Outreach and Media:
- Spoke with Booklist, Christian Science Monitor, and Forbes about YA literature and genre trends.
- Presented Future of Library services for and with Teens to Suffolk Cooperative Library System administrators .
- Thanks to all the chairs, committee members, and board members who completed their terms on June 30th, 2014.
- Thanks to all the members who attended the â€œDecidingâ€ what's next for YALSAâ€ program at ALA Annual and provided feedback to help shape the next strategic plan.
- An enormous thanks to Dollar General for funding the new Android Teen Book Finder app and additional literacy projects. See a video of the projects here.
- At the end of July, YALSA membership was at 5,130, up 0.9% over July 2013.
- In June, YALSA raised $7,306.50. In July, YALSA raised $180.
The neon lights and clinking machines of Annual are now behind us, but YALSA committees work year round to keep teen services moving forward and thriving. While in Las Vegas the Board voted to create two new taskforces, and I'm looking for members who are interested in volunteering!
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Greetings, all! For those of you who traveled to Annual, I'm hoping you've recovered from the high temperatures, the hot winds, the pervasive smoke, and the ding-ding-ding of casino machines. If you didn't travel to Las Vegas, just remember the YA Symposium is coming up in November, and Austin is not a desert, presents more opportunities to mingle with colleagues passionate about youth services, and doesn't require as much walking around in a convention center. Plus, migas!
I wanted to call your attention to a couple of significant policies that will impact your work as committee members and leaders. At Annual 2014, the Board confirmed an update to the YALSA Social Media Policy, and adopted an Ethical Behavior Policy which sets expectations for YALSA committee members and leaders, as well as providing information about what those leaders and members can expect from YALSA. Both documents recognize the increasing impact social media has on both professional identity and networking, and helps set standards which ensure the integrity and enjoyment of all the work both members and YALSA perform. Read More →
YALSA members dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy to serving on task forces, juries, advisory boards, committees, and the Board of Directors; as well as acting as editors, member managers and bloggers. YALSA's board has been discussing ways to ensure that members have a successful committee experience, both in terms of personal skill building and accomplishing the tasks of the committee.
One piece of that discussion was the interest in setting minimum guidelines for member participation via a policy on ethical behavior, so that members interested in service have a better sense of the time commitment and behaviors expected of them, while also seeing the resources and support YALSA makes available. The goal is to inform members of what is expected of them, while also letting them know what to expect from YALSA. Having clear expectations communicated to all those involved in the work of the association makes for a better experience, opens access to support, and benefits all the volunteers involved as well as those who use YALSA products and YALSA as an association.
Take a look at the document once it goes live on June 13th, and then let us know what you think. You can reach out to any of the document creators. Our contact information is listed below.
Shannon.peterson at gmail.com
Cinf0master at gmail.com
Hillias at gmail.com
Wow, just a little over a month to go until Vegas! Frankly, I need more time â€“ especially as the board continues to refine the agenda and topics we've been discussing. One topic that the board will be discussing prior to Annual comes from the Spring Executive Committee meeting, and relates to the YALSA social media policy and the conflict of interest guidelines. Based on feedback from chairs, as well as conversations with other division leaders, the board is considering an update to the social media policy and conflict of interest guidelines.
YALSA members are big users of social media, and it's only grown since the policy was first adopted. With the continued blending of online presence with personal and professional identities, updating the social media policy ensures that YALSA and YALSA members are able to meet a high standard of integrity and avoid conflicts of interest. These impact award committees, as all parts of those committee conversations are confidential. Selection committees that have open meetings and discussions are not impacted by these changes.
There are two changes proposed to the social media policy.
1. YALSA modify the existing social media policy to state â€œCommittee appointees must not discuss books on social media that are eligible for their award in any way that could lead to a conflict or lack of confidentiality in regards to their committee. This includes posting personal reviews in spaces such as social review sites, blogs, or other platforms that are not closed YALSA forums.â€
2. YALSA adopt a review policy related to award committee service that states â€œCommittee members may not publish signed reviews of titles that are eligible for their particular award during their term of service in professional journals (print and/or electronic) or other professional and personal outlets.â€ YALSA's Conflict of Interest guidelines will also be updated to reflect this information.
Please send any feedback on the proposed changes to Chris Shoemaker or any current board member.
Well, we're just steps away from the closing date for the Strategic Committee appointments, so if you haven't yet filled your volunteer form for YALSA committees, then please follow this link now and volunteer.
You can see the full list of the committees and juries that I will be appointing to here.
Once the deadline passes, the appointment process begins! And it looks a little something like this:
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Advocacy can sometimes be a nebulous concept to define, but it's one that YALSA's Board of Directors consistently addresses in our work. In fact, advocacy and activism is the first goal of YALSA's strategic plan. (and not just because we wanted it to start alphabetically)
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Wow, I can hardly believe that Midwinter is this week. I am reading through Board Docs, working on schedules with my fellow President-Elects, and reviewing strategic committee appointment volunteers.
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