YALSA Podcast #83: Life on the YALSA Board: Board Member Roundtable

This week YALSA Board members are discussing their experience serving on the Board. This post is one in that series.

This podcast is the final post in YALSA’s Life on the YALSA Board series. In this audio you’ll hear YALSA Director Sara Ryan, Fiscal Officer Mary Hastler, Secretary Francisca Goldsmith, and Immediate Past President Sarah Debraski discuss what it’s like to serve on the YALSA Board, the work that they do, the time that it takes, and why it’s a worthwhile experience.

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Life on the YALSA Board: What’s the Secretary Do?

This week YALSA Board members are discussing their experience serving on the Board. This post is one in that series.

The position of Secretary was added to the YALSA Board, by membership vote,’  only four years ago.’  Until my term began, in 2008, the role of keeping our volunteer association’s formal record fell to YALSA staff.’  The addition of this position to the Board places that responsibility with membership; in addition, the position of Secretary adds another voice—and set of energies—to the Board’s Executive Committee.

I ran for the position of Secretary for several reasons:’  I had been on the YALSA Board when the idea of creating the position was under discussion and then development and I was a promoter of the concept.’  In addition, I have served in a few other elected offices, in other professional organizations, at the time when that position was first initiated, so I had a good sense of the kind of ground-breaking and flexibility the initial office-holder needed to bring to the effort of “launching” how the position might work to the advancement of the Board and membership as a whole. Continue reading

Life on the YALSA Board: A President-Elect/President/Past President Perspective

This week YALSA Board members are writing about their experience serving on the Board.’  This post is one in that series.

The unique thing about running for YALSA President is that, if elected, you will fill three distinct roles in three years. All of the things that Sara Ryan mentioned in her perspective as a Board member hold true, plus there are additional responsibilities.

As President-Elect you will spend the year working hard on making committee and task force appointments.’  This is no small task, but it is a great way to get to know many YALSA members.’  You will also be serving on the Executive Committee and have those meetings (including an in-person meeting in the fall), in addition to regular YALSA Board meetings.’  There is a lot of observing and learning during this year, as well as developing a working relationship with the President and Executive Director.

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Life on the YALSA Board: A Director Perspective

This week YALSA Board members are writing about their experience serving on the Board. This post is one in that series.

First off: the work of the Board takes place all year round, not just when the Board meets in person at the Midwinter meeting and Annual conference.

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T4T IG: Technology for Teens Interest Group

You got connected during Teen Tech Week, observing the importance of teens and technology, and now you want to do something more. There’s no better time to join the Technology for Teens Interest Group! (Note: the Teen Tech Week committee is separate from Technology for Teens, but we did collaboratively host a YALSA chat about technology a few months ago.)

You might recall when former chair, Kelly Czarnecki posted about the transition, looking for people to sign the petition for the IG. We’re still kicking back in our committee’s ALA Connect space. (If you’d like to be added to the group, e-mail me [Karen Keys] at keys.karen@gmail.com) I’ve made some of the group’s info public, so you can see what we’ve been up to.

T4T’s purpose statement is as follows:

To provide a forum for learning and discussion of the use of technology with teens, to liaise with other groups and organizations on technology issues, to promote the use of technology and other media, to suggest ways to use those media with teens, and to advocate equal access.

In the past, the group has worked on a variety of things: drafting technology core competences, proposing awards, blogging, and hosting programs at ALA Annual.

The group is holding a humdinger of a session at this year’s ALA Annual in Washington, DC. The program, Lights! Camera! Booktrailers!, will feature best practices for creating and promoting booktrailers and video to highlight collections, programs, and services for teens.’  Several of the best and brightest young adult librarians will be participating in the panel, as well as teen author Simone Elkeles.

Like the other interest and discussion groups featured on the YALSA Blog this week, the T4T Interest Group will be soliciting the names of YALSA members interested in convening (or co-convening) the group in its next stage. Like Jennifer Balaco previously stated, it’s a good way to get involved. Submit your name to me [Karen Keys] at keys.karen@gmail.com by Monday, May 3. Convener elections will be held May 24.

Chant with me now, “T4T IG! T4T IG! T4T IG!”

YALSA President’s Report: March 2010

“Risky Business”

Please feel free to forward this report to others whom you think are interested

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population.

Mission Moment
How Recent YALSA Activities Support the Association’s Mission and Strategic Plan
YALSA Executive Director, Beth Yoke, attended this year’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge event and returned with these Mission Moment stories:

Two of thiis year’s Reading Challenge finalists were from a school for homeless youth in San Diego and two kids returned from previous years. I spoke to the mother of one, who said that her son enters every year in hopes of winning. He’s a 10th grader who has wrestled since he was 5 and who wants to be an architect.
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YALSA President’s Report: February 2010

“Risky Business”

Please feel free to forward this email to others whom you think will be interested.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population.

Mission Moment
How Recent YALSA Activities Support the Association’s Mission and Strategic Plan
At YALSA’s Midwinter Meetings, the Board voted to create a member recognition award that will annually honor a committee chair, committee member, and/or member group for their work with and for YALSA during the previous year. YALSA Board member Stephanie Squicciarini has agreed to chair the ad hoc committee that will develop an award proposal to be presented to the Board at their Annual meetings in June. The creation of this Award directly supports YALSA’s mission to support those who provide service to teens and the member engagement and recruitment goal in the strategic plan. Thank you to Stephanie and her committee members for their work on this initiative.

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Latest YALSA Board News

The YALSA Board of Directors held their winter meeting via conference call on Thursday, February 25. The primary focus of this meeting was to go over post-conference reports from YALSA member group chairs. However, a few other items were discussed and acted on. These include:

  • Establishment of a Teen Services Evaluation Task Force – the YALSA Board voted to form this task force that will be charged with creating a tool that library administrators and librarians can use in order to evaluate an individual institution’s overall level of success in providing teen services. The group working on the development of this tool will use YALSA’s recently revised Continue reading

Tips for Selection Committee Chairs

Discussions about books can get heated, passionate and intense. As chair of a YALSA selection committee, your task is to create an environment that allows for the passionate expression and sharing of viewpoints, keep on topic/focus and remain professional. When all viewpoints are considered and respected the product is a quality list, and members enjoy their service and want to keep volunteering!

Think about these meetings needing four components that build upon one another: Getting acquainted, building relationships, addressing issues, and taking action. If the first two are not in place it will be more difficult to address the issues successfully and the final action taken on the list may not be as cohesive. If a little more time is spent on the first two, then there is less likelihood of getting bogged down, personal rants/attacks, etc when the discussion gets heated. If all four components are working the group will feel wonderful and the product will be superb.

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YALSA Process Committees, Juries & Advisory Boards Appointments

It is time to begin making appointments for YALSA Process Committees, Juries, & Advisory Boards that will begin work July 1, 2010. If you are interested in serving on a YALSA Process Committee, Jury or Advisory Board here is some information you may find helpful:

If you are new to YALSA, a Process Committee, Jury, or Advisory Board can be an excellent way to get to get your feet wet and begin to learn how member groups work. There are nearly 30 different Process Committees, Juries & Advisory Boards ranging from Legislation to Teen Read Week so it is easy to find a group that fits your interests. A complete list of YALSA Process Committees, Juries, & Advisory Boards is available on the YALSA website. In order to serve on one of these groups, you need to be appointed by me, the President-Elect.

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