February President’s Report

What in the world have I been up to lately? It’s all here.

Key Activities:

Worked with the Board to appoint the fabulous Carla Land as the 2013-14 YALSA Board Fellow. We are thrilled to have her as part of the team!

Worked with the Board to appoint Pam Spencer Holley to fill the vacant position of Fiscal Officer. Pam will be working closely with the Board, the Executive Committee and the FInancial Advancement Committee Chair to help YALSA members and the public better understand YALSA’s finances. Thank you, Pam!

Had an inspiring, eye-opening, amazing time at the Summit on Teens & Libraries. We learned about teens, technology, Connected Learning and so much more. Save the date for March 19 so you can participate in the first virtual town hall on leveraging partnerships between libraries and other organizations: www.ala.org/yaforum & on Twitter: #yalsaforum.
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November President’s Report!

November President’s Report:

Key Activities:

Attended the 2012 YA Lit Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri and had a blast meeting all of the amazing attendees and authors! I’m really looking forward to 2014’s event, October 31-November 2 in Austin, Texas!

Worked closely with the YALSA Office, Linda Braun and the Forum Advisory Council to hone the details for the upcoming National Forum on Libraries and Teens summit in Seattle this January. Thanks to all of our members who applied! Learn more at www/ala.org/yaforum.

Participated in Giving Tuesday, a special after-Thanksgiving national fundraising effort to help YALSA build support for our Spectrum Scholarship.

Worked with the YALSA office to develop a new training module for Selection Committee Chairs. I’m looking forward to chatting with chairs and committee members on December 6 and 13!

Chaired the November board conference call. It was great hearing about all of the exciting work that YALSA’s committees, juries and taskforces are doing. Minutes will be posted in the governance section of the website.

Worked with the Executive Committee to review applications for the YALSAblog Member Manager position and set up phone interviews.
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October President’s Report

Friends! What with Fall Exec, the YA Lit Symposium a whole lot more, the past few weeks have been super duper busy for me and all of YALSA. Here’s what we’ve been up to, but if you want to read about all of YALSA’s activities, be sure to read our eNewsletter, emailed directly to your inbox the second Tuesday of every month:

Key Activities:

Coordinated with Valerie Davis, chair of the Virtual Selection/Awards Manual Committee, to build out the first draft of the the manual which will launch after Midwinter 2013.

Attended the first meeting of the National Forum on Youth Services in Libraries Advisory Board meeting.

Met with ALA President Maureen Sullivan, Beth Yoke and Linda Braun to plan out the agenda for the upcoming National Forum on Youth Services in Libraries in Seattle.

Along with Shannon Peterson, led the 2012 ALA Fall Executive Committee meeting with the YALSA Executive Committee. You can find our agenda items and notes here.
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September President’s Report!

Hi All! September was another super busy month! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

September YALSA President’s Report

Key Activities:

Collaborated with ALISE to brainstorm about the creation of a jointly sponsored scholarship between ALISE and YALSA to support Library and Information School doctoral candidates who want to pursue studies in libraries serving young adults.

Worked with Strategic Planning chair Renee McGrath to spread awareness and promote YALSA’s new Strategic Plan with membership and beyond.

Met via conference call with YALSA’s Executive Director, Linda Braun and ALA President Maureen Sullivan to discuss the rollout of YALSA’s exciting IMLS-funded initiative around the teen services in libraries summit this January. LLAMA representative Mary Frances Burns will be serving on the advisory board along with key YALSA members and educational stakeholders from around the country. More information about the National Forum on Teens in Libraries can be found here: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11490.

In partnership with YALSA’s Executive Committee, appointed Past-President Linda Braun to the position of YALS editor.

Brainstormed with Carrie Kausch, fabulous chair of the President’s Program Committee about the content for an exciting 2013 program that will celebrate innovative programming and activities for young adults in libraries.

Finished appointing three new taskforces to support YALSA’s mission: the Capacity Building Taskforce, State Association Outreach and 365 Days of YA.

Wrote the welcome message for this years YA Lit Symposium. I’m going, are you??? Register by October 9 for the lowest rate at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.
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President’s Report: August 2012

It’s been another busy month for YALSA! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Key Activities:

In collaboration with the Division Membership and Promotion chair Sarah Couri, co-hosted YALSA’s first monthly tweetup on using Twitter in libraries. Future tweetups will be happening on the first Tuesday of every month.

Hosted the first Connect. Create. Collaborate. e-chat with the YALSA membership and got some terrific ideas on some new activities for the association, including how YALSA can better reach out to members on a local level.

Kicked off the virtual Presidential Road Trip on the West Coast, and began building a new YALSA President Facebook presence to capture my findings.

Led the first YALSA Board meeting on August 28 and discussed committee chair reports, the action plan and the board self-assessment process.

Appointed volunteers to several vital new taskforces including the State Association Outreach, 365 Days of YA, President’s Program and Youth Engagement taskforces. We are still seeking volunteers for the Capacity Building taskforce!
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YALSA President’s Report – April 2012

Monthly President’s Report – April 2012

April was a very interesting month for me on the YALSA front. I’m just back from a week in Washington, D.C. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week, YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke and I, along with several hundred other library supporters, attended National Library Legislative Day. Beth and I had eight separate meetings over two days, with legislators’ staff members, and with representatives from other organizations that have similar interests to YALSA, such as the Afterschool Alliance, the Center for Excellent Education, and the International Reading Association. We talked about how we could support one another’s missions.

Then on Friday and Saturday of the same week, I staffed the YALSA booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. Along with DC-area YALSA members, I handed out bookmarks and flyers, showed the demo of the YALSA Teen Book Finder App (available in May—we hope—from Apple’s App Store), chatted with teens, parents, teachers, and librarians, and did some on-the-fly readers’ advisory. We encouraged teens to participate in this year’s Teens’ Top Ten, and there was a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

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YALSA President’s Report–January 2012

Monthly President’s Report – January 2012

What a month! Midwinter was busy-busy-busy, but also a lot of fun. I had a fabulous time emceeing the Youth Media Awards and the Morris/Nonfiction Awards Event. It was great to see so many YALSA members: at the Midwinter Institute, at the Midwinter Trivia Night FUNdraiser, at meetings, at the YALSA Happy Hour, at the Youth Media Awards event, and at the AASL/ALSC/YALSA joint membership reception.

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YALSA President’s Report — December 2011

Monthly President’s Report – December 2011

December was all about getting ready for Midwinter.

Below is a summary of activities that I have completed or am working on.

Completed Tasks

  • Committee Chairs: Had phone conversations with several YALSA committee chairs about the work of their committees.
  • Board Activities:
    • Participated in Board Chat on planning for Midwinter.
    • Chaired YALSA Board meeting by conference call to discuss chair quarterly reports.
    • The Board had several discussions on ALA Connect and conducted several votes, all of which will be included on the Midwinter agenda. Continue reading YALSA President’s Report — December 2011

YALSA President’s Report – September 2011

Monthly President’s Report – September 2011

Below is a summary of activities that I have completed or am working on.

Completed Tasks

  • Committee Chairs:
    • Had phone conversations with several YALSA committee chairs about the work of their committees.
  • Board Activities:
    • Participated in September 7 Board chat on how the YALSA Board can be involved with Planned Giving and fundraising.
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