Election Season Begins: A Report from YALSA’s Coffee with the Candidates

For the second year during Midwinter YALSA sponsored a Coffee with the Candidates. This event gives members of the association the chance to meet with those running for governance positions (on the 2012 slate) to ask questions about why each candidate is interested in running, what they think they bring to YALSA, and so on. Last year and this year I was impressed both with the questions being asked and with the thoughtfulness of the candidates in answering member questions. The small group speed networking format of the Coffee is perfect for getting to know each other.

At the beginning of the program all of the candidates agreed to be interviewed by members of YALSA’s 2012 Nominating Committee. You can listen to these informal interviews by selecting the links below. (You will also get a sense of the atmosphere of the Coffee via the background noise – including shouts of excitement and laughter.) Continue reading

2012 Coffee with the Candidates: What’s It All About

Posted for Franklin Escobedo member of the 2012 YALSA Nominating Committee

Every year at YALSA and ALA election time I find myself wondering who everyone is on the ballot. A lot of times the names sound familiar. Did I meet them at a session or a mixer? Have I a read an article or a blog post they published? Was it from a listserv or was it from one of my colleagues? If you’re heading to Dallas for the Midwinter Conference this is your chance to meet the candidates face-to-face at this year’s Coffee with the Candidates.

The Coffee with the Candidates is hosted by the YALSA Nominating Committee and is your opportunity to meet those running for YALSA governance positions. They are the nominees for President, Board and Councilor.
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