One of the great things about participating in YALSA is knowing that you can make a difference. No matter what your level of experience, if you are passionate about serving teens in libraries, we can find a way for you to contribute. And while not everyone has time to serve on the Board or take part in a book committee, one thing each and every one of us can do is vote in the YALSA and ALA elections.
Don’t forget you can learn about the candidates by checking out YALSA’s posts on this Blog, reading through the handy 2012 YALSA Election Guide, and going through the sample ballot.
YALSA is fortunate to have what is considered by many to be the most innovative, resourceful, and vibrant membership group in all of ALA. Today I challenge you to make YALSA stand out in a new way: let’s see if we can’t get the highest election participation of any association in the entire ALA. Take the time to vote this week, and remind your friends to take part, too!
Are you excited about the YALSA elections? They are coming up soon (March 19th-April 27th), and your participation is vital! This is your chance to help determine the who will be deciding on those books featured in our wonderful awards in the next few years. Many positions are appointed, but three lists rely on elections to fully populate them. This year the positions open on the YALSA awards slate are (the full slate with candidates is available on the YALSAblog):
- Margaret A Edwards
- Excellence in Nonfiction
- Michael L. Printz
While you are no doubt very familiar with the awards themselves, you might be less familiar with what is expected of the folks serving on those committees.