I am a Children's Specialist at the Ruth Enlow Library in Garrett County, Maryland. I work with kids from the ages of 0 to 18 and am also a reference librarian. In addition, I am member of the YALSA Legislative Committee, and the Children's Services Division of the Maryland Library Association.

The Deadline is Here! Complete the YALSA Survey Today!!!

As many of you have been hearing about this last month, YALSA is conducting a survey to see how to better serve teen advocates and teens. But, they cannot do it alone-They need your input!

Many services and projects have come out of the past surveys, and YALSA is hoping to accomplish even more after the completion of this survey.

You may be saying, “Well, my one voice doesn’t make a difference.” But, you need to realize many of the existing programs and services came from just one person who raised his or her voice with a good idea. All it takes is one person, one person to start to initiate change and action within the organization.

But, unfortunately, today is the deadline-the last day you have to complete the survey-to let your voices and ideas be heard! It only takes 10-15 minutes of your time. And, just think, your one idea or suggestion could lead to helping hundreds of young adult advocates from all over.

And, if that isn’t enough of 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.

You can access the survey in the following ways:

Current members: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YALSAmbr
Former members: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LapsedMbr
Non-members: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMbr

Your voice does count! Your voice does matter! Speak out and let it be heard today!!!!

YALSA Wants to Hear Your Voice!!!

Again this year, YALSA is soliciting member input in its Annual survey. YALSA uses your opinions, responses, and suggestions on this survey to create and improve programming and establish tools and resources that those working with young adults ‘ really need.

Some of the benefits and projects that have come out of past surveys include:

  • A YALSA Mentor Program, which I as a newer librarian, have found to have been instrumental in helping to guide my library career.
  • Created more opportunities for members to be involved in the association by making all process committees virtual groups.
  • Established The Hub as a literature resource for members, as well as JRLYA for members to keep up with current YA research.

And, these are just a view of the initiatives that came from your input!

It doesn’t matter if you are a current member, a former member, or a non-member, YALSA wants to hear what you have to say. The survey runs until September 30th.

The following are the links where you can access the survey:

It will only take a few minutes to complete the survey, but your comments could lead to a big impact on the organization and more resources for its members!

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.

Please don’t hesitate, fill out the survey today! YALSA needs YOU!

Great Ideas Contest: Meeting your Research Needs and Finding Best Practices

Are you engaged in YA research and have ideas about how YALSA can better share yours and others work? Do have some thoughts about how YALSA can better encourage those in the field to conduct their own research on young adults? Have you thought about and come up with some ideas about how YALSA can partner with other organizations and individuals to increase research and knowledge about research in general?

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YALSA Strategic Planning: We Need to Hear from You!


As you might have been seeing via emails, listervs, and in blog postings, YALSA is embarking on creating a new Strategic Plan to guide the organization and to better serve all its members.

However, in order to begin this process, YALSA needs your input!’  Take a few minutes to participate in the survey and share’ what you think’ YALSA’s priorities, goals, and interests for the future should be.’ 

Every activity, initiative, resource, and service that YALSA develops is determined by the goals and objectives of the Plan.’  Take a look at all the wonderful initiatives that have been created to meet the organization’s Research goal, and more importantly, the research needs of its members: Continue reading

Support Your Libraries Now!

Did you know that there are two major letters circulating around Congress today that will have a direct impact on libraries? Did you also know that our representatives only have until tomorrow to be informed of these letters and get their signatures on them to support library legislation? This means, we must act now!

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Dollars & Sense #31: Libraries Looking Toward the New Year

I am a child of the late 70’s and 80’s.’  When I was a kid, we believed that by the year 2000, we would be flying around with jet packs, and living on the moon.’  However, here we are in what is about to be 2010, and these things have yet to have happened.’  You may be wondering “Where is she going with this?”… Continue reading

Dollars & Sense #15: Gift Giving for Teens

You have five bes tfriends, a boyfriend/girlfriend, your parents, and your little brother/sister…and this is just the must buy for list!’  This is such an expensive time of year!’  You meant to save a little money from your paycheck, but you thought you had more time…Now it’s ten days until’ gift giving and you have no gifts! ‘ What do you do if you have little cash or no cash and many to give to?

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Dollars and Sense #9: Summer Reading Club on a Shoestring

You may be thinking, “Summer Reading Club is still months away–we still have plenty of time!” But it will be here before you know it.’ ‘  And, with the economy as it is and library budgets continuing to predict devastating shortfalls and cuts, how do we conduct a successful Summer Reading Club without or with little money?

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