Happy September! Are you a member of YALSA and would like to serve on one of the Book Award committees? Click on the Committee Volunteer Form (found under Sign Up to Participate). If you apply, be sure to indicate any previous experience you have with book discussion groups, award or selection list skills, and/or review writing. I will be looking for a diverse field of potential appointees for each award committee comprised of members with varying levels of experience.
As a reminder, all of the YALSA Book Award committee members are appointed beginning with the 2020 awards, based on a membership ballot decision. Appointments will be made in October, so you must volunteer no later than September 30 to be considered. Members will serve a one year term beginning Feb. 1, 2019.
The six award committees are:
Consider being selective in your choices: although you are able to select all of the committees on the form, I will be able to better gauge specific interest if you do not choose them all (or even most of them). Before the form, please be sure to review the resources on this web page to make sure that committee work is a good fit for you.
Finally, please remember that this is a substantial obligation; in many cases, you will be reading or listening to up to hundreds of titles in 2019 to determine the best of the best. Bear in mind when deciding whether or not to volunteer if the obligations of your personal & professional lives can also include this major commitment.
I thank everyone in advance for their desire and interest in volunteering to serve on these prestigious committees. Due to the limited allotted spots available, not everyone will receive the opportunity to serve.
Todd Krueger, YALSA President-Elect
Have you wanted to get involved in YALSA but don’t know where to start? Are you a committee pro but don’t have the time to commit to a full-year term? Are you a YALSA member who likes a shorter-term volunteer opportunity?
Member award juries and short-term groups may be just what you are looking for! Juries work for just 3 months, and short-term groups work for 6 months. What does a jury do? They vet applications for a particular member grant or award and choose a winner. Short term groups focus on completing a specific job.
Juries (3-month appointment, starting Nov. 1; 4-month appointment for chairs, starting Oct. 1)
Short Term Groups
The jury and short-term group volunteer window is open until August 1. Use this form to volunteer! If you have been appointed to a group you will receive an official invitation from YALSA’s Membership Marketing Manager, Letitia Smith, some time in Sept. You will not hear anything from YALSA in Aug. If invited to serve, accept your place on the group by responding to the email and be ready to jump in when you hear from the chair.
Thanks for all the time and talent you volunteer to YALSA! If you’re looking for other ways to get involved, visit the YALSA web site for more opportunities!
If you have questions, feel free to get in touch with me (email@example.com).
Todd Krueger, YALSA President-Elect
YALSA is seeking personal members who are interested in representing YALSA on the following:
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Section on Libraries for Children & Young Adults
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Section on Literacy & Reading
One representative for each section will be selected by the ALA Executive Board and recommended to IFLA to serve a four-year term from 2019-2023. YALSA personal members who are interested in representing YALSA on either section must submit their resumes to YALSA at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2018. Please be sure to put IFLA Applicant in the subject line and in your email message indicate what section you’re interested in serving on.
YALSA has two new volunteer opportunities that I am looking for members to appoint to.
- Taskforce for 2019 Teen Summit: This taskforce will be responsible for planning and implementing a 1-day teen summit in Washington DC in conjunction with ALA Annual. The summit will bring together 50 teens from the greater Washington DC area to learn their vision of how libraries can evolve to better support their needs and interests. More information can be found here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/Endowments_AN18.pdf Potential tasks for the include:
- Identify Washington DC area partners who can help get teen participation
- Select a summit facilitator who can build the agenda for the day and oversee its
- Select small group facilitators and speakers
- Identify an individual(s) to write the report
- Select the teen participants and handle transportation logistics
- Carry out the event
- Send thanks to teens and partners
- Write and distribute the report
- Implement evaluation measures
- Workgroup to Provide Resources and Tools for Evaluating Materials and Intellectual Freedom in Light of #MeToo: This workgroup will gather resources to help library staff serving teens evaluate materials and balance intellectual freedom. The group will also determine gaps in the information available and create tools to support members in this area. For more information on the discussion that led to the formation of this work group, see Board Item 34 from Annual 2018: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/MeToo_AN18.pdf
If you have interest in serving on either of these groups please contact me at email@example.com
It’s almost time! ALA Annual is upon us and I’m so looking forward to seeing many of you at the awesome lineup of YALSA events.
It’s an exciting time to be a YALSA member! We’re released the New Teen Services Competencies, written a new report supporting librarians working with teens called Transforming Library Services through CE, and we’ve got so much more on the horizon.
This work could not be completed without the dedication of our members. Many of us volunteer our time to take on leadership roles within the organization. And serving in one is a win-win! YALSA benefits from your experiences and work on a common goal, and you gain leadership, team building, and career building skills.
Join us at our YALSA 301 session at ALA Annual to learn more about how you can take the next step in YALSA. YALSA 301 is on Saturday, June 23 at 9 a.m. in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 214.
Can’t make it to conference? I encourage you to contact me and the rest of the Board Development Task Force to learn more. Even if you aren’t ready to run for Board right now, we’d love to share the exciting opportunities that are available!
The Board Development Committee is:
Sarah Hill, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Audra Caplan, email@example.com
Frankin Escobedo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hastler, email@example.com
Sarah Sogigian, firstname.lastname@example.org
The YALSA board will hold a discussion at #alaac18 about YALSA’s book awards and lists in light of #metoo. I have been a member of the Printz, Odyssey, and Alex Award committees and am bringing this topic to the YALSA board for discussion and possible action.
The #MeToo movement exploded in Fall 2017, when women and some men collectively began to speak out against abusers and harassers. The movement carried over to the young adult publishing world in February 2018 via an article in School Library Journal that led to hundreds of comments to the article indicating certain authors and publisher representatives as harassers or abusers.
YALSA and its board extend their compassion to those harmed by abusers and harassers and commends those for speaking up, while at the same time also extending support to those who were also harmed but remain silent.
This year the Division Presidents are aligning their theme and all will focus on different aspects of EDI that speak to their Division. My Presidential theme will focus on supporting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) through assessment and outcomes by identifying, overseeing planning, and implementing activities. The theme will build on the ground work laid by the Advancing Diversity Taskforce and Sandra Hughes-Hassell’s Presidential Theme promoting youth advocacy. It also speaks to the needs of members who are looking for guidance on impactful outcomes and assessment, and moves YALSA closer to reaching the goals it laid out in its implementation plan. It is an ambitious plan, but has potential for impact.
The Taskforce will last for a year tackling a variety of activities throughout. Activities will include:
Advocacy & Activism
- Incorporate the theme into summer learning, Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™
- Create position and/or issue papers on the theme
Leading the Transformation of Teen Services
We’re all members of YALSA, or should be, but you’re reading this blog for a variety of reasons. You love libraries. Or you love working with teens. Or you’re just trying to find out what’s happening in YALSA. But you’re here, reading this blog post. As members of YALSA we all participate in our association in a variety of ways, sometimes passively by donating to the scholarships or actively by volunteering to serve on committees, by volunteering to blog for a list, by contributing your programs to Programming HQ.
In a recent YALSA survey many respondents voiced the opinion that their voices weren’t heard or weren’t acknowledged or they felt that their perspective wasn’t represented in YALSA. And I’d be the first to admit, yes it happens, it’s the reason I got involved. There was a time when I felt that my voice wasn’t being heard or felt in the list being created by the volunteers doing committee work weren’t representing my experience or worldview. So I stepped up and started volunteering. We make our association work; if you don’t volunteer or if you decide to drop your membership because you disagree, YALSA is going to fall apart and you know who will ultimately loses? Teens! The teens we support in our libraries, whether it be academic, public, or school; we serve the teens in our hometowns, whether it’s a big city or a small country town.
Are you a new or prospective member of the Young Adult Library Services Association? Do you want to learn more about the programs, services, and opportunities that YALSA has to offer? This session is for you! Attend YALSA 101 on Friday, June 22 from 2:30-3:30 pm.
During this “speed-dating style” session, attendees will rotate tables and learn from experienced YALSA members about topics including:
- making the most of your conference experience
- applying for awards, grants, scholarships, and stipends
- getting involved: award committees, strategic work, taskforces, juries, interest groups
- creating content for YALSA: Programming HQ, YALSA Blog, Hub, Research Journal, and YALS
We will also have prize drawings throughout the session. Kick off your conference experience by networking with YALSA members and learn how the organization can help you!
YALSA is currently looking for members to join the Financial Advancement Committee. What is FAC? This committee is tasked with the important job of working with the Board to implement virtual fundraising campaigns and fundraising efforts at conferences, aimed at both members and nonmembers, to support the $19,595 worth of scholarships and stipends YALSA gives out annually.
Being on FAC is a one year commitment and conference attendance is not required. FAC members work together virtually to plan and promote fundraisers throughout the year, focusing on different scholarships and stipends as we go along. For example, we are currently raising money for a National Library Legislative Day travel stipend, so YALSA can send members to Washington D.C. to advocate for teen services. We also raise money for other grants and awards that don’t have corporate sponsors, such as YALSA’s Spectrum Scholar, an Emerging Leader, a Board Fellow and a Midwinter Paper Presentation.
When FAC isn’t working on fundraising, we spend time contributing content to the YALSA Blog, helping members and non-members understand the long-term value of YALSA’s mission and work and we periodically update and promote YALSA’s Fundraising Toolkit. FAC also makes sure to thank all of the generous donors that give to YALSA.
Don’t have any experience fundraising? Don’t let that stop you! All you need is the ability to work virtually, creativity and a passion for YALSA’s mission! Being on FAC this year has been a very rewarding experience, and I hope you will join me in July for another great year.
If you think you would be a good fit for this exciting committee, please contact YALSA President-Elect Crystle Martin at email@example.com