Mark Your Calendar: YALSA Interest Group Virtual Open House

February 1, 2PM Eastern, is the time of the Virtual Open House that YALSA is hosting in order to give members the chance to learn about the work of the Association’s interest groups. These member-driven groups are an excellent way for members to get involved. Unlike committees, members can join interest groups without being appointed by the YALSA President-Elect or President. Projects interest groups work on cover a broad range of possibilities and can include resource lists and publications, chats with experts in the area of interest, and discussions among members on topics of import.

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Advocacy Interest Group Petition – Signatures needed!

YALSA is interested in starting a new Interest Group to discuss issues relating Advocacy. We aim to be a forum on exchanging ideas on how to advocate for young adult services (including collections, programs, staff and space) to other library staff, library administration, the local community, elected officials and other VIPs. An Advocacy Interest Group is a natural growth of the Advocacy Task Force established in 2007. Advocacy is an ongoing issue, and not one that can be completed in 3 years.

Members of a YALSA Interest Group can participate completely virtually using tools like ALA Connect. Interest groups can sponsor programs at conferences and submit articles for YALSA publications. To get the new group started, YALSA members need to show their interest by signing a petition. We need 15 signatures in order to submit a Request for Board Action to have the new group approved. If you are interested in participating in this new group send the following information: name, ALA member number, institution, email, address, and phone number to Beth Gallaway at informationgoddess29@gmail.com. Why an Advocacy Interest Group, now? Read on to find out.

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Process Committee Appointments have been completed

Thank you everyone for taking the time to submit a Process Committee volunteer application to serve on a YALSA Process Committee, Taskforce or Jury. I am happy to announce that all Process Committee appointments have been finalized and the Process Committee appointment process is finished for this year. I would like to thank all of the wonderful and talented YALSA members who took the time to fill out volunteer forms and their willingness to give their time to these committees.

If you would still like get more involved, please don’t forget that YALSA hosts numerous Discussion and Interest Groups that any member may join. Discussion and Interest Groups are a great way to get involved in the organization and gain group work experience. You can find a list of YALSA interest groups here.

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Managing Young Adult Services: pursuing a new YALSA Interest Group

YALSA is interested in starting a new Interest Group to discuss issues relating to managing young adult services in libraries. We aim to be a forum on exchanging ideas on how supervisors and managers can support all level of staff working with young adults in public libraries and to develop strategies and tactics to address the needs of current and future managers in youth services.

This is the perfect chance for YALSA members to talk with each other about their successes and challenges when managing teen services librarians or a teen department of any size. Members of a YALSA Interest Group can participate completely virtually using tools like ALA Connect. Interest groups can sponsor programs at conferences and submit articles for YALSA publications.

To get the new group started, YALSA members need to show their interest by signing a petition. We need 15 signatures in order to submit a Request for Board Action to have the new group approved. If you are interested in participating in this new group send the following information: name, ALA member number, institution, email, address, and phone number to Maureen Hartman, mlhartman@mac.com And stay tuned for more details!

Get Involved in the Partnerships Advocating for Teens Interest Group

Looking for a way to participate in YALSA? Why not join the Partnership Advocating for Teens (PAT) Interest Group? The mission statement of the proposed group is:

To explore, recommend, highlight, and support partnerships between libraries, schools, and other organizations that serve young adults.

Currently PAT is a YALSA committee, but over the next year, we will be transitioning into an Interest Group. As a committee, PAT has regularly sponsored programs at conferences and has published articles. As an Interest Group we will be able to continue to do the same types of activities. Currently Pat is sponsoring the program “It Takes Two: School and Public Libraries, Partnerships that Work” at Annual on Sunday, July 12 from 3:30 – 5:30. We will also have an upcoming article in the Fall issue of YALS.

If you would like to get in on the ground floor of this Interest Group, now is the time to sign up. Just send the following information: name, ALA member number, institution, email, address, and phone number to acreger@chipublib.org. All we need are 15 current YALSA members to sign our petition in order for us to take our proposal to the YALSA Board.

This is an exciting time for our committee and we hope you will join us on our journey. If you have any questions at all about the Partnerships Advocating to Teens (PAT) Interest Group, please feel free to contact acreger@chipublib.org.

Sign a Petition for a New YALSA Group

Are you interested in being a part of a new YALSA Interest Group that focuses on serving older teens? The mission statement of the proposed group is:

The purpose of this Interest Group is to discuss issues relating to serving young adults in their late teens and early twenties. We seek to develop and exchange ideas on how libraries can continue to best serve these “new adults” as they navigate life after the high school years. Identifying the needs of this age group, compiling & sharing collection and programming guidelines to address those needs, and considering ways to provide participatory opportunities for them is a focus of this Interest Group

The process for starting a new Interest Group with YALSA requires a petition, of at least 15 signatures, to be submitted to the Division. If you are willing to add your signature to the petition, please contact Penny Johnson at newadventures@centurytel.net. You must be a member of YALSA to be eligible to sign. In your email please include your ALA member number, address, phone, and email address.

Your signature will indicate your interest in contributing to this group’s discussions.

To read more about the proposed group you can check out an earlier blog post.

Start Something New With YALSA

Recently, members of the YALSA Board discussed how the Division defines “young adult.” Specifically the Board wondered if more attention should be paid to the older or younger age edges of the group that makes up what we call young adult. In that discussion, the group realized that it could be useful if YALSA looked at ways to support librarians that serve older teens (including those in college and the work force) and those in their early 20s.

In order to get started in supporting librarians that serve these teens, YALSA is looking for one or two people to spearhead the formation of a new Interest or Discussion Group. This group might look at ways to work with teens that are: Continue reading

Intellectual Freedom Interest Group: Sign up today!

Get in on the ground floor of something interesting!

As you may have heard, YALSA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee will be transitioning into an Interest Group.’ ‘  This means that anyone interested can sign up to participate, and conference attendance is not mandatory.’ ‘  All you need is a passion for intellectual freedom and the First Amendment!

‘ The transformation will be complete by 2010.’  We need’ at least 15′ interested YALSA members to send their information right away, so we may submit a formal petition in June.’  Continue reading