Have you heard about the YALSA survey? We are on the final homestretch; it ends September 30th, so you’ve got a few more days to make your opinion known.
YALSA is ALA’s fastest growing division, and wants to hear more about your experiences. YALSA uses your responses to make sure we continue to be an enthusiastic and productive group. Previous surveys have led to big changes; we have mentioned some of them before. Other benefits from past surveys include:
- Expanding our portfolio of CEU offerings by adding monthly webinars and launching the YALSA
- Encouraging and supporting research in Young Adult Librarianship by launching JRLYA.
- Those monthly Tweet-ups? You asked for more social media communication, so YALSA added social media as an option for member engagement and communication, while maintaining existing methods for those who wanted/needed them to remain.
- The Hub came out of your feedback!
- YALSA increased advocacy efforts by creating District Days and writing Issue Briefs
- Created guidelines for Teen Spaces, updating competencies, and creating a teen program evaluation tool
These changes have been so important — but there are more to make and we can only do it with your help! It doesn’t matter if you are a current member, a former member, or a non-member. If you care about teens and libraries, your voice is important. The survey should only take about fifteen minutes. And, as an incentive to complete the survey, YALSA is offering one lucky winner, who submits their email address at the end of the survey, the opportunity to win a free group registration (Valued at $195) for an upcoming educational webinar.
Current members: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YALSAmbr
Former members: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LapsedMbr
Please take some time to speak up. Be a part of positive change. Your voice is crucial!
Are you new to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)? How can this ALA division help you?
Get the answers to these questions at YALSA 101, a mixer-style orientation where new members and those considering membership will get an overview of the division and its activities, and can learn more about the benefits of joining YALSA!
YALSA 101 will be held on Friday, June 25th, from 4-5 p.m. in Embassy Suites Convention Center, Capital D.
Guest speakers include:
• Linda Braun (YALSA President)
• Carrie Kausch (Local Arrangements Committee Chair)
• Eve Gaus (Webinar Instructor)
• Kristin Brand Heathcock (YA Literature Symposium Committee)
• Kelly Czarnecki (Teen Tech Week Chair)
• Sandra Hughes Hassell (YALSA Research Journal Advisory Board Member)
• mk Eagle (YALSA Blog Manager)
New and established members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity!
The Division & Membership Promotion Committee will host YALSA 201 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Friday, January 15th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Boston Convention Center Room 160A.
This program is designed for YALSA members who are interested in leadership positions such as committee chair or board member. Guest speakers will discuss these roles in YALSA, and there will be a Q&A session.
The YALSA Happy Hour will begin right after this program at 5:00 p.m. in the Boston Convention Center Grand Ballroom Foyer.
Confirmed speakers for YALSA 201:
- Candice Mack – Chair, Division & Membership Promotion Committee
- Angie Manfredi – Road Trip Coordinator
- Francisca Goldsmith – Course Instructor
- (virtual) Lesley Farmer – YALSA Member/IFLA Representative
- Sarah Flowers – Editor, YALS
- Pam Spencer Holley – YALSA author
- mk Eagle – Blog Manager
- Dora Ho – Convenor, Anime Discussion Group
- Angela Carstensen – Award/Selection Chair
- Kelly Czarnecki – Chair, Teen Tech Week Committee
- Ritchie Momon/Pam Spencer Holley – Task Force on Committees Chair
- Nick Buron – Board Member
- John Sexton – Chair, Nominating Committee 2011
- Audra Caplan – ALA Councillor/YALSA member