YALS Spring 2017 Resources – The Library’s Role in Protecting Teens’ Privacy

In the Spring 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Mary K. Chelton’s recently accepted position paper describes the library’s role in protecting teens’ privacy. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

  1. Project Censored, “The Top Censored Stories of 2015-2016.” Intellectual Freedom News, (November 28, 2016) http://projectcensored.org/14-fbis-new-plan-spy-high-school-students-across-country/
  2. Office of Partner Engagement. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools. (January, 2016) https://info.publicintelligence.net/FBI-PreventingExtremismSchools.pdf.
  3. Homeland Security Committee. Final Report of the Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. (September, 2015) https://homeland.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TaskForceFinalReport.pdf
  4. American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/learning.
  5. Tucker, William and Amelia Vance, “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy” Education Leaders Report Vol. 2, No. 4, (October, 2016) http://www.nasbe.org/education-leader/school-surveillance-the-consequences-for-equity-and-privacy/
  6. Hackman, Rose, “Is the Online Surveillance of Teenagers the New Stop and Frisk?” The Guardian (April 23, 2015) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/23/online-surveillance-black-teenagers-new-stop-and-frisk
  7. Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. Adopted June 19, 2002, by the ALA Council; amended on July 1, 2014. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/privacy
  8. Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. Adopted July 2, 1986, by the ALA Council; amended January 10, 1990; July 12, 2000; January 19, 2005; July 2, 2008; and July 1, 2014. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/accessresources
  9. Minors and Internet Activity: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of RightsAdopted July 15, 2009, by the ALA Council%3B amended on July 1, 2014http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/minors-internet-activity
  10. “Social Responsibility,” in Core Professional Values for the Teen Services Profession. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/core-professional-values-teen-services-profession

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YALSA Board: Organization & Bylaws Committee Update

For a while now, the YALSA Board has been looking at the new Organizational plan and considering ways to move forward and best serve our members. One change that we have decided to implement is standardizing the way that members come to serve on Awards Committees. Historically, the Alex, Morris, and Odyssey committee members have been appointed to committees, while the Edwards, Printz, and Nonfiction members have been varied–some members were appointed while other were elected by YALSA members.

After a vote by YALSA membership, the change has become official: where Edwards, Printz, and Nonfiction committee members once had multiple paths to follow, now all committee members will be appointed.

What these changes mean:

  • There is now only one path to the award committees. Each member will now go through the same appointments process at the same time
  • There is no longer any need for an Awards Nominating Committee as well as the second round of appointments that now happens after the election is over
  • There will hopefully be less eligibility issues, because oftentimes members put their name forward both through the nominating committee process and via the Committee Volunteer form. In the past, the nominating committee has not always known what other award committees the candidate may have signed up for

This change will simplify the process of serving on an awards committee for our members, as well as for members at large.

Another change that the YALSA Board has decided to implement in accordance with our Organizational Plan is the refocusing and renaming of the Governance Nominating Committee to instead become a Board Development Committee. This refocused committee will take on the role of board training and assessment, and will cultivate new leaders in YALSA. This change will also shift the responsibilities of the Executive Committee, allowing them to give more emphasis to ALA relations and fiscal oversight.

The Board Development Committee will begin their work on January 1, 2018, and will be evaluated after a year of work in order to assess the success of these changes.

These changes are meant to make YALSA more aligned with our Organizational Plan, and to make our organization simpler to navigate and more efficient for our members.

Please contact Melissa McBride, Chair of Organization & Bylaws, at mcbride.melissa[@]gmail.com or Sarah Hill, YALSA President, at gsarahthelibrarian[@]gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Kelsey Socha is a member of the Organization & Bylaws Committee, a SLIS Master’s Candidate at Simmons College, and a librarian at several libraries in the Boston area.

YALSA Executive Committee Update

Tomorrow the YALSA Executive Committee will hold its virtual Spring meeting! I’m joined on this committee by President-Elect Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Past President Candice Mack, Division Councilor Todd Krueger, Fiscal Office Nick Buron, Secretary Crystle Martin, and Executive Director Beth Yoke.

The YALSA Board of Directors is the decision-making body of YALSA, so the meeting will be a discussion session. The Executive Committee focuses on strengthening YALSA’s relationship to ALA by fostering strong ties with ALA governance, as well as providing oversight and support for fiscal planning.  Take a look at the agenda and the committee documents.  If you have any questions about the Executive Committee’s meeting, please contact me at gsarahthelibrarian [at] gmail [dot] com.

Stay tuned for more posts about the Executive Committee’s meeting in the coming days that my colleagues will be writing!

Time to Volunteer for Printz, Edwards, & Nonfiction Award Committees

Looking for ways to participate in YALSA? Have the time and energy to serve on a YALSA Selection Committee? Have previous literature evaluation experience and previous successful committee experience?  Have a strong sense of integrity and high ethical standards?

If you answered yes, then make sure to complete a Committee Volunteer form now.  The form closes on Friday, June 2nd .

As YALSA President-Elect, I’m preparing to make appointments to the Printz, Edwards, and Nonfiction Award committees.  If appointed, work on these committees will run from Feb. 1, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019.


  • To be considered for an appointment, you must be a current personal member of YALSA and submit a Committee Volunteer form.
  • Individuals may not serve on more than one selection or award committee at the same time, nor may they serve on the board and a selection or award committee at the same time.
  • There are no virtual members on Printz or Nonfiction—those committee members  MUST attend ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference and 2019 Midwinter Meeting.  The Edwards Committee works 100% virtually, so there are no in-person meeting requirements for that committee.

Important Points to Keep in Mind:

  • We strive to ensure a broad representation on all committees across diverse backgrounds, types of libraries, geographic location and more.
  • Serving on an award committee  is a significant commitment.
  • Please think about what your work, personal, and family commitments will be in 2018 before you submit a form to make sure that committee work is a good fit for you at this point in time.
  • When you fill out a form, you will receive an automated email response letting you know it was received. After that, you should not expect to hear about the status of your volunteer form until I contact you in mid to late June.

Want more information? Check out the Committee FAQ, and read this brief article.  You can also watch the Selection Committee Webinar, or contact a current committee chair.

Please free to contact me with any questions at smhughes@email.unc.edu

Thanks for volunteering with YALSA!

Sandra Hughes-Hassell
YALSA President-Elect



April is… Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and a lot can be shared with teens about the negative side effects underage drinking can have on youths. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), alcohol usage by youths “is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex, and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.” The NCADD also shares that “more than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs affecting millions more people – parents, family members, friends, and neighbors.” Research has shown that teens who have open conversations with their parents about alcohol and drugs are 50% less likely to use versus teens who do not have these conversations with their parents. These statistics alone are proof enough that parents, as well as educators, librarians, etc. should be bringing these conversations and issues to light.

Although the idea of teens using alcohol and drugs is daunting, there are a lot of ways that librarians can bring facts and information to their teen customers. Sometimes teens don’t want to listen to what their parents have to say, but librarians can do a lot to get these facts out. One thing librarians could do is to have a teen council, or program, where the idea of alcohol awareness is shared. Librarians can even present a quiz the NCADD developed for teens to see if they have alcohol issues. The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (NIDA for Teens) has a few free, online games that explore what happens to the brain and body when drugs and alcohol are used.

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ALA Annual Visit: Chicago Coffee

To be honest, I just really need to tell you about this toasted marshmallow latte. Seriously, that’s the whole point of this post.

I’m not sorry. In fact, you’re welcome in advance!

Typically, I’m not a latte drinker. Instead, I tend to favor coffee. Plain and simple. The less frills the better, really. Except we all know some of the best roasts and roasting methods are quite fancy and the resulting flavors and aromas are often worth the wait. And, since we’re heading to Chicago I thought it might be fun to profile a few of my favorite coffee shops.

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YALS wants to hear from you!

Do you read YALS? Take this quick 8 question survey and tell us what you think about YALS by April 20.

The YALS/YALSAblog Editorial Advisory Board is considering taking YALS digital only. We are asking you to weigh in and let us know how you prefer to read your professional journals and how you use YALS. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help improve the journal. Please take five minutes to make YALS better journal for you!


IMLS and My Library: How Grant Funds Impacted Our Community’s Teens

If you are an avid reader of the YALSA blog, you will have seen the incredible posts written by library staff who are passionate about supporting IMLS and its powerful effect on libraries and after school programming efforts. In President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal, funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services is completely eliminate. For 20 years, IMLS has provided funding and grants that are vital resources libraries use to anticipate, respond to, and meet the evolving needs of their communities. IMLS has been incredibly efficient in prioritizing support for all states and territories, divvying up their federal funding with population-based formula grants  to make sure that each area of the United States is receiving funds. Trump’s proposal would take IMLS’s $230 million FY17 budget and cut it to $0. Not only is this drastic, but it’s dangerous. Continue reading

President’s Report – March 2017

Happy School Library Month, National Library Week, and National Volunteer Week!  April is a big month for libraries–celebrate with your co-workers and your patrons!


  • As a result of the White House’s budget proposes eliminating all federal funds for libraries, YALSA‘s Board  voted to re-opened the travel stipend application in order to send an additional member to Washington D.C. to advocate for teens and libraries. The stipend, funded by Friends of YALSA, enables one qualified recipient to receive up to $1,000 to attend ALA’s 2017 National Library Legislative Day, in Washington, D.C., May 1-2, 2017. Apply online by April 10.  Applicants will be notified the week of April 17.
  • Wrote a blogpost addressing how IMLS funds help libraries in Illinois.
  • Participated in conference call with ALA President Julie Todaro, the ALA Washington Office, and other division presidents and leaders about strategies to #saveIMLS
  • Wrote a blogpost as a followup to Feb. 28’s YALSA Member Town Hall about taking social action
  • The March monthly chat with the YALSA Board was facilitated by Rob Johnson, who also co-led the Board’s Cultural Competency training at Midwinter.  Board members reviewed current YALSA products and services and discussed possible board actions: monitor, streamline, update, or sunset.  No actions were taken, but this initial conversation was necessary to gauge the possible actions over the next few months in order to initiate new projects aligned to the organizational plan. Look for more information coming soon in the exectuve committee documents and the YALSA board documents for Annual.
  • Checked in with the three new task forces that were created by the Board at Midwinter
  • Checked in with The Hub member manager Molly Wetta to see how the first year of blogging Amazing Audiobooks and Quick Picks was going

Works in Progress

  • YALSA Member Leah Weyand has submitted a petition to form a Teen Services Coordinators Interest Group. The Board is discussing the document this week and will vote on the proposal virtually next week.
  • Working with the Executive Committee to plan the YALSA Executive Committee virtual meeting April 18. Look for documents being posted here soon.
  • Working with board standing committees to prepare board documents for virtual discussion before Annual
  • Planning for National Volunteer Week, National Library Workers’ Day and School Library Month!
  • Preparing to attend National Library Legislative Day in May!

Stats and Data

  • Not yet available

Don’t Forget!

  • Registration is now open for the 2017 YA Services Symposium, which will take place Nov. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. Register now through Sept. 15 and save with early bird rates! Housing is also open now through Oct. 1.
  • Register for the webinar Building Their Own World: Teen Driven Community Engagement on Thurs., April 20 at 2PM EST.  In this upcoming webinar, discover how teen library initiatives, by providing a positive, open and creative environment, can encourage teen participation in activities like local elections and service learning projects, and provide exposure to experiences that boost cultural competence. Learn more or reserve your seat.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Current Projects page to stay updated on what’s going on!


  • to all our members for all that you do to support teens and teen library services in your communities!

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Hill, YALSA President 2016-2017