YALSA Leadership – Annual 2009 Edition

In this series of audio files learn about some of the ins and outs of YALSA’s Committees, Interest and Discussion Groups, web tools, and projects. The short audio files (each is between three and 15 minutes) cover YALSA’s:

Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs

By now, I’m sure you know that YALSA is seeking to provide more and different ways for members to participate in the division.’  One of the ways this is happening is the transition of small committees to formats that allow for broader participation (with no conference attendance requirements!).

YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee is being restructured as an Interest Group so that any YALSA member interested in library services to young adults who do not or cannot use the library because of socioeconomic, legal, educational, or physical factors may participate. Continue reading

YALSA Chat on the Economy, Libraries, & YALSA – the Transcript

Last night YALSA sponsored a chat on how the economy is affecting YA librarians and libraries and how YALSA can support librarians in tough economic times. Those who participated had a lot of stories to tell, questions to ask, and ideas for YALSA to consider. Including:

  • Looking at ways to provide mentoring for librarians moving up the leadership ladder. A teen librarian might be very skilled at how to run a teen department, but maybe needs some advice on how to move into management positions and how to be a successful manager. Continue reading

Best Buy’s @15 Study

I attended the rollout of Best Buy’s @15 TeenVoice 2009 study on Monday, July [correction: June] 8. ‘ Best Buy built the @15 website as a place for teens to find each other and express themselves and their concerns for the world, as well as suggest where Best Buy should donate its money to truly make a difference.’ ‘ Best’ Buy’ tapped experts from around the country to mentor the teens and study their feedback.

Best Buy and its many partners, including the Search Institute, and its’ Advisory Board have created a simple and elegant tool for measuring and developing youth development goals.’ Richard Lerner, an @15 board member from the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, was particularly enthusiastic about the new positive language that evolved from the project, based on three concepts:

1 – Identify the SPARK that lights up a teen (talents, interests, strengths)
2 – Measure the TVI (Teen Voice Index) which monitors teen involvement in social issues and civic life
3 – Measure the ROI (Relationships & Opportunities Index) which measures the community support around a teen

For those of you familiar with YPulse, Anastasia Goodstein is a board member for this initiative and has a great blog post summarizing the information and what adults and communities can do to help support positive youth development.

What will ALA be in 2015?

Every five years, ALA conducts a major evaluation of programs and services and plans for the future. A series of discussion forums will be held at state and regional meetings in the coming months to gather ideas.’  Be sure to attend and advocate for the interests of teens and YALSA! 9000 members participated in a recent survey to evaluate our progress towards the 2010 goals and help shape our association in the years to come. Were your opinions counted? Be on the lookout for opportunities to provide feedback and have a voice in ALA’s new strategic plan. What is your vision for the future of ALA?

YALSA Podcast #71 – National Library Legislative Day

In this podcast Linda Braun talks with YALSA President Sarah Debraski about National Library Legislative Day.

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In the audio Sarah talks about: Continue reading

Dangerous Minds

In the past week, there have been two cases of censorship that have left me scratching my head once again.’  The first concerned Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls.’  Someone took the book to task for encouraging anorexic behavior among teens, calling it a “how-to” manual (http://tinyurl.com/pcf3qf).’  Then, later, a group in Tennessee have removed a link from their summer reading list that directed folks to YALSA’s BBYA list of recommendations (http://tinyurl.com/or8vo6).

I am bothered here because both of these’ instances seem to suggest to me that’ there are adults out there that think teens are not intelligent, that they are unable to separate fiction (what they are’ reading) from reality (what they are living).’  This’ attempt to somehow protect teens from reading about any difficult issues and topics seems not’ always to be a matter of’ being overly protective.’  Continue reading

Library Legislative Day

Yesterday I was in Washington, D.C. with hundreds of other librarians for National Library Legislative Day.’  It was inspiring to see so many people come out for this event (I saw some familiar YALSA faces there with their state delegations.)’  As it was my first time at this event I was a bit unsure what to expect.’  Since we talk a lot about a barrier to advocacy being lack of confidence, I thought you might like to know a bit about what it was like. Continue reading

Urgent Call to Action!

ALA’ requests that we ask’ our senators to support library funding and sign the “Dear Colleague” letter. This Action Alert explains that LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program are two important library service programs. The alert provides talking points, helps with composing a message, includes all the formalities. All you need to donate is a little of our time.

Please take a look at this alert and donate a small amount of time for advocacy today.