YALSA Member Task Force Volunteer Opportunities – Apply By 11/12

Greetings, YALSA Members,

Do you consider yourself to have strong organizational qualities, nurture a creative mindset to problem solving, and are savvy with social media? Does it sound appealing to participate on a national committee, but perhaps shine the spotlight on someone else? Consider your strengths to serve on the YALSA’s Task Forces for the YA Services Symposium Marketing & Planning, ALA Conference Marketing & Local Arrangements, and Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Committee. Complete and submit your Committee Volunteer Form by Tuesday, 11/12. 

Do remember that to serve on any of these committees, applicants will need to have a current YALSA membership. Also, much of the work is accomplished virtually, but some do require attendance to the event for ensuring the smooth running of YALSA activities. Committee members will soon begin work and run for roughly 6 months of work. 

Committee member duties can be found here and here. A few examples of committee life might include:

  • Vetting applications and selecting winners for the Symposium stipends.

  • Make arrangements for local teens to participate in the live Best Fiction for Young Adults feedback session that takes place at Midwinter where teens share their critical comments on literature with Best Fiction for Young Adults committee members.

  • Write posts for the YALSAblog to inform conference attendees of local places to eatvisit, or support their interests.

  • Research, collate, and recommend resources for YALSA’s activities and presence at conference to be posted to a wiki page.

If you are still reading this post, what are you waiting for?! Go ahead. Fill out your Committee Volunteer Form. However, should the timing of this volunteer opportunity not fit your schedule, do consider volunteering for the next round of opportunities, including one of the many YALSA strategic committees. Volunteer forms for strategic committees will open between January through February 1, 2020. 

If you have any questions, head over to the Committee FAQ or feel free to reach out to me AmandaBarnhart@kclibrary.org

Thank you for considering YALSA service,
Amanda Barnhart, YALSA President-Elect (2019-2020)

YALSA Member EDI Task Force Member Volunteer Opportunities – apply by Friday, 9/20

Hello YALSA members!

As we continue to prioritize our dedication to striving for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in YALSA and throughout the profession, the YALSA Board has directed the formation of four (4) task forces that will further address the strides our division would like to pursue. These all are year-long (expected service: Oct 2019 – Oct 2020), virtual task forces that will each require some effort, but please do not let that dissuade you from applying! The output you create will be critically important to our profession and the work we do with and for teens. Please note that this is a members’ only opportunity.

Task Force 1: Promoting Professional Success for Underrepresented Groups within YALSA.  Charge: Considering the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff and the EDI Statement and EDI Plan, this task force will assess existing pathways to professional success and involvement within YALSA for underrepresented groups.

Task Force 2: Encouraging LIS and iSchools to Include EDI Plan Elements in Curricula. Charge:  Considering the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff and the EDI Statement and EDI Plan, this task force will work with LIS and iSchools to ensure that cultural competencies, equity, diversity and inclusion is included in all youth-oriented curricula.

Task Force 3: Modeling Services and Programs to Include EDI Plan Elements. Charge: Considering the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff and the EDI Statement and EDI Plan, this task force will provide models of inclusive and equitable services and programs to share on the YALSA Programming HQ and other avenues.

Task Force 4: Addressing Institutional Bias and Racism in Libraries. Charge: Considering the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff and the EDI Statement and EDI Plan, this task force will create and distribute materials to help members better serve diverse youth and to address issues of institutional bias and racism in their libraries.

If you are interested in participating in one of these Task Forces, please contact Letitia Smith at lsmith@ala.org by Friday, September 20, indicating your first and second choice of task force by number.

Thanks for your dedication to the important work that we do to move the profession forward, and for the work you do for and with teens!

Todd Krueger, YALSA President 2019-2020 | Twitter: @toddbcpl

Taking Teens to ALA

It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, two weeks after the end of school, when four teenage girls on their summer vacation meet me at school to get on a minibus and head to DC. Let me repeat—four teenagers came to school during the summer at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Why?? ALA Annual of course!

Before I get into how awesome the day was with my teens, I would like to thank YALSA for providing my teens with the opportunity to come to ALA. My teens were a part of the session that YALSA hosted to receive input on the nominees for the 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults. Along with the opportunity to give their opinions on a major awards list, all the teens who were a part of the session also received a badge to visit the exhibit hall and sat down for a pizza lunch with an amazing group of eight young adult authors.

Back to 8 a.m.—I climbed into the driver’s seat and my four girls settled on the brown bus benches that we all remember from field trips.  Before I could even start the engine, the conversation about books started. It didn’t stop for the entire 45 minute drive to DC, and I couldn’t stop smiling.  It was a librarian’s dream—four teens energetically and passionately talking about the books they love (or don’t). Four teens talking about the importance of representation in books—race, sexuality, gender, ability, etc… Four teens talking about which characters developed and which didn’t; about endings they loved or hated; about the pacing of plot.

My heart grew two sizes.
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Member Opportunity! YALSA Social Media Marketing TF – volunteer by August 5

Hello everyone!

We have heard calls from membership that the YALSA selection lists (Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels, Quick Picks, and others) and the Teens’ Top Ten list have not been receiving the kind of broad dissemination and recognition that they rightfully deserve. In response, the YALSA Board adopted Item #24, the Selection List Marketing Plan, at the recent ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. This document called for the creation of a Social Media Marketing Task Force.

This group will be responsible for using social media to widely market YALSA selection lists (both current, and those of previous years) and the Teens’ Top Ten list.  This is a virtual opportunity that will run until June 30, 2020, and work will start as soon as possible. If you love teen books and media and our selection lists, and want to promote them to the membership and beyond, this could be a great fit for you!

If you would like to volunteer to be a member of the Social Media Marketing Task Force, please email Letitia Smith in the YALSA office, indicating your interest in this task force, by Monday, August 5.

Thanks!

Todd Krueger, YALSA President 2019-2020  Twitter: @toddbcpl

Volunteer on a Short-Term Group or Committee!

Amanda Barnhart, YALSA President-Elect, is seeking volunteers for the following member groups:

Selected Lists Blogging Teams (Virtual; 1 year starting Jan. 1)

  • Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team
  • Best Fiction for Young Adults Blogging Team
  • Graphic Novels Blogging Team
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Blogging Team

Book Award Committees (Face-to Face & Virtual; 1 year starting Feb. 1)

  • Alex Awards
  • Edwards Award
  • Morris Award
  • Non-Fiction Award
  • Odyssey Award
  • Printz Award

Member Award Juries (Virtual; 3 months starting Nov. 1)

  • Collection Development Grant Jury
  • Great Books Giveaway Award Jury
  • Henne Research Award Jury
  • Innovation Award Jury
  • MAE Best Literacies Program Award Jury
  • Outstanding Achievement Award Jury
  • Volunteer of the Year Award Jury
  • Writing Award Jury

Short-Term Groups (Virtual)

  • Board Development Committee (1 year, starting Jan.1)
  • Book Awards Oversight Committee (1 year, starting Feb. 1)
  • Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Taskforce (6 months, starting Sept. 1)
  • YALSA National Library Legislative Day Taskforce (6 months, starting Dec. 1)

Learn more about the work of these groups and submit the Committee Volunteer Form (must sign into your ALA account) by Aug. 1.

YALSA Board at #alaac19: Selection List Marketing

It was brought to the attention of the YALSA Board regarding a lack of knowledge and marketing for the current selection lists created and developed by our YALSA Hub Bloggers and committee members. Our lists, like Amazing Audio, Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and Teens Top Ten, and the hardworking members who create them have not gotten as much attention as they should since the move to the YALSA Hub.

The solution the Board has discussed is to create a team whose main focus is highlighting and marketing the content generated by the selection committee. This would include working with the blog list coordinator, publicizing lists in Cognotes at the Midwinter and Annual conferences, creating social media postings and branding, and highlighting selection list members on the blog.

Other recommendations include:

  • Create an Instagram account for the division and for marketing the selection list to reach teen users.
  • Maintain an online record of past members.

If you would like to join us, the meetings are open and any individual who is registered for the conference may sit in.

Board I, Saturday, June 22, 1-5 PM, Washington Convention Center, 155 link

Board II, Sunday, June 23, 4-5 PM, Washington Convention Center, 155 link

The agenda may be viewed here

And the specific document (Item #24) may be viewed here

Editor sought for YALSA’s quarterly journal, YALS (Deadline Extended)

YALSA seeks an editor for its quarterly, online journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS). The editor will serve a one-year term starting July 15 Aug. 1.

The editor will be responsible for the textual and pictorial content of the journal, and will work closely with YALSA’s Editorial Advisory Board, member groups and YALSA’s Communications Specialist to solicit articles and information. The editor will also edit and proof all copy for each issue.

Applicants must be YALSA members, have editorial experience, excellent communications skills, and be comfortable working virtually with various digital platforms and tools such as WordPress, FTP software, and more. The editor will receive a rate of $500 per issue plus $1,000 total in travel support for attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference during the term of the contract.

Editor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Setting the scope and tone of the journal and its online presence both textually and visually
  • Working with the member Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) to develop a yearly editorial calendar, solicit manuscripts and determine content and themes for each issue of the journal
  • Reviewing, editing, and as appropriate, writing content for the journal
  • Managing the work of columnists, contributors, reviewers, and online contributors and to communicate with them regularly (at least monthly)
  • Serving as spokesperson for the journal and help maintain an appropriate web presence for the journal
  • Maintaining the highest degree of integrity and ethical standards as member editor
  • Attending ALA’s Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting to promote the journal and solicit authors
  • Communicating and collaborating with other YALSA member editors when appropriate
  • Performing other relevant duties as needed

Send cover letter and resume to Anna Lam at alam@ala.org. Apply by June 15 July 1.

YALS primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education for library staff serving young adults, ages 12-18. It includes articles of current interest to the profession, acts as a showcase for best practices, provides news from related fields, and spotlights significant events of the organization, and offers in-depth reviews of professional literature. Learn more.

YALSA Board at #alaac19: YALSA Board Contract

In May, the YALSA Board approved a new Board Member Contract. This document is signed by all Board members and it stipulates what responsibilities the Board members have to the organization, as well as the responsibilities that the organization has in regards to the Board members.

The current YALSA Board Member Contract was approved on January 16, 2010. Since then the Board’s work has evolved to include more year-round governance discussions and decision-making by board members. The contract was also updated to better reflect the time commitment involved in serving as a YALSA Board Member.

If you are interested in more info, Board Document #10 shows both the old contract as well as the new one that was agreed upon.

See the full agenda of the Board of Directors at ALA Annual in Washington D.C. All Board meetings are open to attendees, and you can learn more about the Board meetings on the YALSA Conference wiki.

YALSA Board at #alaac19: Presidential Taskforce

Each year YALSA’s incoming president works with the Board of Directors to establish a taskforce to coordinate activities in support of the president’s upcoming theme for the year. Since the presidential theme is based on an aspect of the organizational plan, the taskforce helps YALSA accomplish its goals and provides an opportunity to leverage member expertise.

Incoming President Todd Krueger submitted board document #11 for discussion last month as we prepared for our upcoming meeting at ALA Annual. The upcoming Presidential theme will be: Striving for Equity using YALSA’s Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. This theme connects the organization’s adopted EDI Plan and Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff, both fundamental components of YALSA’s work. The Board virtually discussed and voted to establish the taskforce to begin work in July.

To learn more, read board document #11 on the 2019 Annual Conference Agenda.

Interested in getting involved with YALSA? Read about ways to participate and sign up for YALSA e-News for information on current volunteer opportunities.

YALSA 301 at Annual 2019

It is almost time for ALA Annual! I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Washington, DC, at the great YALSA events and programs that are scheduled!

Here is an important one to add to your schedule:

YALSA 301
Saturday, June 22nd from 9-10 am
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 159A-B

At YALSA 301, you can learn about YALSA leadership opportunities and ask questions of members of the YALSA Board Development Committee – all current or former YALSA leaders. It is a great time to meet other YALSA members who are also interested in leadership positions! Many of us volunteer our time to take on leadership roles within YALSA. Serving on the Board or chairing a committee is a win-win! YALSA benefits from your experiences and passion for teens, and you gain leadership, team building, and career building skills.

Not able to make it to conference? I encourage you to contact me or the other members of the Board Development Committee to learn more. Even if you are not ready to run for Board right now, we would love to talk with you about the exciting leadership opportunities that are available in YALSA!

The Board Development Committee is:

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, smhughes@email.unc.edu

Sarah Hill, gsarahthelibrarian@gmail.com

Carla Land, landc@lvccld.org

Melissa Malanuk, mmalanuk@gmail.com

Ritchie Momon, rmomon@mymcpl.org

Gail Tobin, gtobin@stdl.org