While we are all caught in the throes of summer reading, I want to take a minute to remind everyone to look forward to the fall! That's because, as President-Elect, I'll be making appointments to the following YALSA committees and taskforces:

*Please note that the PPYA Committee is being piloted as an all-virtual committee for the coming year. YALSA members with book selection and evaluation experience and who are comfortable working in an online environment with tools like ALA Connect, Google Docs, Skype, etc. should put their names forward for consideration.

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As President-elect I'll be making appointments to YALSA's *virtual* juries and process committees in the very near future. Help move the organization forward, learn something new, and work with amazing people by serving on one of these:

Books for Teens Jury
BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant Jury
Conference Travel Scholarships Jury
Frances Henne/VOYA/YALSA Research Grant Jury
Great Books Giveaway Jury
MAE Award for Best' Literature Program for Teens
Continuing Education Advisory Board
Division and Membership Promotion
Editorial Advisory Board
Executive Committee
The Hub Advisory Board
Financial Advancement
Joint School/Public Library Cooperation
Legislation
Annual Conference Marketing (Las Vegas, 2014)
Nominating
Organization and Bylaws (conference travel is required)
Publications Advisory Board
Research
Research Journal Advisory Board
Strategic Planning (conference travel is required)
Teen Read Week
Teen Tech Week
Teens'Top Ten
Website Advisory' 

Not sure which one to volunteer for? Just fill our the volunteer form as completely as possible and I'll do my best to find the right fit for you. Appointments will be made through March. Questions? You can find me at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.'  Please note: book award & selection committee appointments are made in the fall, and the volunteer form for those will not open until June.
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Each spring, the YALSA President-elect appoints members to serve on process committees and juries. These groups are the backbone of the organization, making sure that core initiatives like Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week happen in a suitably dynamic YALSA fashion and select recipients of awards and grants. They also find ways to engage new members, support our amazing blogs, plan conference programs, maintain our wikis, and implement genius plans to support the organization, its members, and initiatives financially. ' And... much much much more.

In my own experience, these groups provide a perfect opportunity to get your feet wet, learn something new about the division, develop your professional chops, and of course, work with genuinely awesome people. Plus, they're entirely virtual, so conference travel (though welcomed) is not mandatory. ' Volunteer forms will be collected through the beginning of February and appointments will be made in March. A list of committees and juries as well as the volunteer form, can be found here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/yalsacommittee.

Please feel free to get in touch with current Chairs with questions http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/committees/committeechair or contact me at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.

Thanks, and I look forward to serving with you!

Happily, my appointments taskforce and I are swimming in applications for this fall's selection and award committees as well as several important taskforces. For those of you that submitted a form, thank you for being willing to share your time and expertise with YALSA in this way.

Throughout the month, we'll be filling slots with an eye toward creating strong and diverse committees. We hope to have all our work completed by the end of the October.

' And please remember, if we are unable to place you at this time or if you weren't able to meet the September 30th deadline for these committees, there are a myriad of ways to be an engaged member in YALSA including:

' Of course, these aren't your only options. For more information and ideas, take a few minutes to watch a Get Involved webinar.

Monthly President's Report – February 2012

March kind of sneaked up on me, I guess because February is a short month. Below is a summary of activities that I have completed or am working on. Happy Teen Tech Week!

Completed Tasks

  • Committee Chairs:' ' I had phone conversations with several YALSA committee chairs about the work of their committees.
  • Board Activities: ' 
    • The Board had an online chat on February 1. Board members offered suggestions for the content of the selection and award committee chair and member webinars.
    • The Board met by telephone on February 29 to discuss chair quarterly reports and to take action on two requests for Board action that came from committees.
    • The Board voted to accept a proposal from the Morris Award committee to amend the eligibility rules to exclude self-published and e-book only books from consideration. The new rule will be re-evaluated after the 2013 award. Read More →

The 2012 YALSA/VOYA Frances Henne Research Grant Committee congratulates this year's grant recipient, Sylvia Vardell.'  Her research proposal is entitled, Poetry Books and Apps: Complement or Competition?'  Dr. Vardell's research seeks to investigate student attitudes toward poetry apps and the impact of use of apps on poetry book reading and circulation.

In the research proposal, Dr. Vardell poses these questions and ideas:

“Where do we begin in selecting poetry that children will like? No one has yet considered the impact of the new format of the poetry application or 'app.' It seems logical to hypothesize that access to this new innovation might have a positive impact on young people's attitudes toward the poetry content, but it has not been investigated. In addition, this raises the question about whether poetry in print format will suffer as a result. Does new technology trump old books? The proposed project will attempt to address these questions.”

Dr. Vardell notes that although this small study focuses exclusively on poetry, this look at the impact of apps on student attitudes and the relationship to book reading offers wider applications that interest professionals and researchers in libraries and literacy.

Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University, where she teaches graduate courses in children's and young adult literature.

The YALSA/VOYA Frances Henne Research Grant offers seed money to research that supports the YALSA Research Agenda.'  Applications for the 2013 grant are due on December 1, 2012.'  For more information, please see http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/franceshenne .

The applications are in! ' The YALSA/VOYA Frances Henne Research Grant applications have been submitted, and the review committee is currently reading the innovative research ideas of this year's pool of grant proposals.

We are looking forward to announcing the 2012 recipient at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.'  You are invited to join us for the official announcement during the “YALSA Research Forum: What's Next for YA?” event on Friday, January 20, to be held from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Dallas Convention Center, Room D225. ' As part of the Research Forum, we will announce the winning grant proposal and tell you how to apply for the 2013 Henne Research Grant.

We will also share the news of the 2012 recipient during the “YALSA Trends in YA Presentation” on Saturday, January 21, to be held from 4:00-5:30PM, in the Dallas Convention Center, Room C141. This event will feature a paper presentation from Jeanie Austin called "Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries." The paper will explore the tensions present in juvenile detention center library services (such as institutional limitations and access to technologies) and how youth and librarians can and do navigate these tensions within the library setting.

For more information on these programs, please go to http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/YALSA_at_ALA%27s_2012_Midwinter_Meeting. ' We hope that you can join us for one of these YALSA events at Midwinter, and we look forward to celebrating this year's Frances Henne Research Grant recipient with you in Dallas!

Just ten days left to submit your volunteer form if you are interested in being on one of YALSA's 2011 selection committees. This is your chance to help select the best fiction, movies, audiobooks, graphic novels, and more for teens. Be sure to read the entire list of committees, and find one that fits your interest and expertise. Terms vary, depending on the committee, so be sure you check that as well, and consider your time commitments. Committee members will be appointed during October and will start work immediately after Midwinter 2011. You will need to attend both Annual and Midwinter conferences during your term on the committee. ' Use the comments section of the volunteer form to tell me why you should be on the committee!

When I was elected to the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Committee, I was excited and nervous.'  I was excited to have such a great opportunity, to help recognize the book that made the highest contribution to young adult literature.'  But I was nervous because wow, that's a big responsibility, picking the best book of the year!

At least, I told myself, I had served on another selection committee in the past and had some familarity with the process: with the YALSA nomination forms, with how the workflow would go, things like that.'  Yet even with that knowledge, I've been surprised at what serving on the Printz Committee is actually like.'  So here are some things to know if you've ever considered standing for election to the Printz Committee.
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