The Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff is a resource that can be used in teaching and learning. It also gives library staff the chance to reflect on their skills, knowledge, and practices. That’s why YALSA developed a Ready-to-Go slide deck that anyone can use when facilitating learning related to the new Competencies document. The slide deck includes:
- Speaker notes that provide context for the Competencies. They can be used as is, paraphrased, and/or to fill in details about the competencies that facilitators might be be aware of. Continue reading
February may have been only 28 days long, but it was a busy month. Here are some highlights.
- Attended ALA Midwinter in Denver where I:
- Worked with YALSA Board and ALA HR to begin process of hiring a new YALSA Executive Director. For an update click here.
- Wrote thank you letters to outgoing chairs of committees, taskforces, and juries.
- Prepared for the March Board chat where we discussed concerns brought forward by YALSA members re: appropriate volunteer behavior and the committee appointment process. Be on the lookout for Board actions in response to both of these topics.
- Wrote President’s column for the spring issue of YALS focused on small, rural, and tribal libraries
Interested in Serving on YALSA’s Board of Directors?
The YALSA Board Development Committee is looking for candidates for next year’s slate for the following positions: President-Elect, Secretary, and Directors-at-Large. Successful candidates will stand for election in the spring of 2019 and begin their term during at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the responsibilities of each role on the Board, please visit the Governance page which includes some handy links under the topic Get Involved in Governance & Leadership.
Are you ready to put your name forward? Please submit the online nomination form soon and a committee member will be in touch.
Not quite ready yet? Please feel free to contact me, the Board Development Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to request additional information.
The Board Development Committee will also be hosting YALSA 301 at Annual 2018 in New Orleans on Saturday, June 23, from 9-10 am. Pencil it in and hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, we’ll have a virtual session this summer, too.
Thank you for considering if YALSA Board is right for you!
Be our next Liaison to ALA! YALSA is seeking a member to serve as liaison to ALA groups for 2018 – 2019. This person’s role is to strengthen ties between YALSA and ALA by sharing information between groups and representing YALSA’s interests to ALA. This position would liaise with nine different ALA groups. If there’s financial need, up to $1,000 in funds total can be provided to the liaison to defray the cost of attending the 2019 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The term of the Liaison’s appointment is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. For more information or to apply by April 1, visit YALSA’s web site.
It’s that time of the year again – YALSA/ALA Elections!
Before you vote, please check out the following resources YALSA has compiled:
You should have received an email from ALA with a link to your YALSA/ALA ballot. If you can’t locate the email from ALA, please contact JoAnne Kempf at email@example.com or 312.280.3212.
The elections are often decided by narrow margins – make sure your voice is heard and vote today! I did!
YALSA President 2017-2018
As a part of the YALSA and COSLA IMLS funded project, Transforming Teen Services Through CE, the association hosted a Town Hall on the topic of Cultural Competence and Responsiveness – with a particular focus on library staff professional learning needs in those areas. An audio recording of the session is available below:
The chat transcript – where much of the conversation took place – is also available.
As you know, Beth Yoke tendered her resignation as YALSA Executive Director in January. The search for the new Executive Director is currently underway.
The search committee includes three members of the YALSA Executive Committee and four ALA staff members:
- Sandra Hughes-Hassell, YALSA President
- Crystle Martin, YALSA President Elect
- Todd Krueger, YALSA Division Councilor
- Mary Ghikas, ALA Executive Director
- Dan Hoppe, ALA AED of Human Resources
- Aimee Strittmatter, ALSC Executive Director
- Beatrice Calvin, ALA Manager of Professional Development.
The job was posted Friday, March 2, on the ALAJobList. It is also being posted to other sites, including sites that are frequented by individuals seeking association executive director positions.
The committee will review and rank applications as they are received – we have already received a number of applications. On April 17th, the committee will have a conference call to determine which 8-11 of the applicants will move on to the next step in the process.
Our goal is to have a new Executive Director in place by August 31, 2018. As the process moves forward, I will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions about the process, please reach out to me, Crystle, or Todd.
YALSA President 2017-2018
Authored by the YALSA Research Committee
Throughout the current term, the YALSA Research Committee will be looking at Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff through the lens of research. Through our posts, we will attempt to provide a brief snapshot of how scholarship currently addresses some of the issues put forth through the standards.
I heard a teacher recount a story the other day on National Public Radio. He was trying a new way to inspire his high school students on a very old and seemingly abstract physics concept. His new teaching method was introducing a physics concept utilizing an innovative and tactical approach. He reported that he couldn’t keep up with the students. The student’s gathered in groups, they collaborated all on their own, the teacher reported that the students reached farther and faster than his old lectures and it finally hit him…get out of their way & watch them soar! Engaging our young adult patrons and watching them soar is what librarians need to discover and share.
Demonstrating to young adults how leadership can be accomplished in the public library sphere is not like school for they are not our “students” and not like home because they are not our “children”. Library staff are here to serve their population…as YALSA members and library staff, we need to find a way to successfully serve youth. YALSA has worked very hard to create documents and share that information with their members. Engaging young adults, and providing leadership should be the goal of every library worker’s effort when planning young adult programs, outreach and services and this is one of the goals of YALSA’s New Teen Services Competencies for library Staff. Our topic for this month’s competency #5 Youth Engagement and Leadership, which is defined as: Responds to all teens’ interests and needs, and acts in partnership with teens to create and implement teen activities and to foster teen leadership.
Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2018 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, April 4. Below you’ll find our interview with Board of Directors-at-Large candidate, Trixie Dantis. To help you further prepare for the election, be sure to check out the recording of the Candidates’ Virtual Town Hall and read the sample ballot.
Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year round, and attend in-person meetings at ALA’s Midwinter and Annual Conferences. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. Continue reading