YALSA Leadership and Volunteering

At ALA Annual this year, YALSA held information sessions on how to get involved with the organization, both as a new volunteer and as someone seeking leadership opportunities.  Here’s a recap of the event.

If you’re just starting out, volunteering for one of YALSA’s committees is an excellent first step.  All YALSA members are encouraged to fill out the Committee Volunteer Form once a year. Here is a list of committees and the link to the form. Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunities: Three New YALSA Taskforces

Have you ever benefited from YALSA grants or awards? How would you like to be recognized if you did win a YALSA scholarship or award? Want to help YALSA raise funds to support leadership initiatives for members? Then we need your help! I’m accepting volunteer forms for three new taskforces that were established by the Board last week–Leadership Fundraising, Member Achievements Recognition, and Member Grants and Awards Evaluation taskforces.  Volunteer now through Feb. 15! Please email me with any questions and read on to learn more about the volunteer opportunities.

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How Do I Get Involved?

Think fast. What’s the last thing you’ve purchased online? It’s probably easy to come up with an answer, because it’s something many of us do quite often. You quickly fill out a convenient form, and something appears on your doorstep, practically’ the next day.’ YALSA’s new Opt-in Opportunities form is not exactly like unwrapping a new pair of warm slippers, but it’s close. Continue reading

Are you Taskforce ready?

Wowsers is right, the ALA Annual meeting was an action-packed few days for the YALSA Board. Several Board members will be sharing background and information on select proposals that were brought forth over the course of the next few weeks, so please stay tuned. Obviously I’m a bit of a governance nerd myself, but I hope you’ll find that the processes and paths that the Board follows to come to these decisions are almost as thoughtful and interesting as the results themselves. I said it once and I’ll say it again: your YALSA Board volunteers are awesomesauce.

Part of my follow-up over the course of the next few months will be to madly appoint to some amazing new taskforces. Either as a newer member looking for a way to get more involved or as a seasoned vet ready to share your expertise, this could be you! Check out the taskforce descriptions below and if interested, please fill out a volunteer form.’ ‘ The more information you can give me related to the group(s) that you’re interested in serving on, the easier it will be for me to place you. And remember, if you aren’t selected in this round of taskforce appointments, President-Elect Chris Shoemaker will soon be perusing selection committee volunteer forms which are due September 30th.’ ‘ Thanks for considering!
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Ready to Read?

There’s just one week left to submit volunteer forms for the following YALSA committees and taskforces:

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Fabulous Films for Young Adults
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Alex Award
Morris Award
Odyssey Award
Outstanding Books for the College Bound
2014 Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Taskforce
2014 Midwinter Paper Presentation Planning Taskforce
Readers’ Choice List Taskforce

Please see my previous post for the nitty gritty (http://bit.ly/SngekL) and feel free to contact me with any questions at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.

Thank you!

 

Summer Volunteers

Throughout the year, teens in my branch come in, check out their things, and leave. Not many hang out in our teen area, maybe because our other branch has a way cooler teen room. Our stats show that they like our collection, but programming-wise, the numbers are never there. This is why I love summer. We see more teens during the summer than at any other time, and they all want to volunteer. Continue reading

Get Involved in YALSA’S Process Committees!

YALSA needs you! And yes, there is STILL time to get involved in YALSA’s Process Committees.

Between now and March 1, 2012 YALSA is accepting volunteer forms for process committees, advisory boards and juries that begin work July 1, 2012! These virtual committees are great opportunities for members who can’t make it to conference to contribute to the work of YALSA. You can find out more about specific committees, juries and boards at the Working with YALSA member groups webpage.

Which committees can you serve on? Find out here:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/yalsacommittee

Interested in serving? Fill out the process committee volunteer form here:

http://yalsa.ala.org/forms/process_com.php

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jack Martin (jackmartin@nypl.org) about specific opportunities or Letitia Smith, lsmith@ala.org, to inquire about your eligibility.

The YALSA Update: YALSA Webinar, Volunteering, Precons and More

YALSA’s First Webinar: Join YALSA on March 31 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a FREE webinar! Linda Braun, YALSA president, will lead the hour-long session on the topic of Getting Involved with YALSA. Topics include the various ways to participate in YALSA, and how doing so can help your daily work and career development. Registration is limited, so please contact Eve Gaus at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293 or egaus@ala.org to reserve your space.

Process Volunteer Forms Due Today YALSA will begin appointing process committee, jury, task force, and advisory board members this spring! Be sure to fill out your Committee Volunteer Form by March 12 so that Kim Patton, YALSA’s president-elect, will know you’re interested. (Read Kim Patton’s post on the process to find out more about serving on YALSA’s committees).

After the jump, learn more about YALSA’s preconferences (including which authors will appear!), how to access YALSA’s newly revised competencies, details on YALSA’s upcoming mentoring program, how to enter the 2010 Great Ideas contest, and information on the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium.

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after the party’s over

ALA and DC are almost a far away memory now. However, it is not too late for you to become more involved in YALSA. There is a committee volunteer form at the YALSA site:

http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/joinus/committeevolunteer.htm

I began my YALSA work as a member of the Publications Committee. Eventually, I became chair of the committee and, after recommending YALSA do a revision of their popular HIT LIST, found myself as co-author of that work. I served on TAGS, Professional Development, and now Preconference 2008.

All of the committee work has been informative and highly enjoyable. I have met so many folks who have gone on to become friends over the years. Fill out a form and get active in YALSA.

Posted by Teri Lesesne

PS: I was in a local bookstore yesterday and can report that YA is alive and well there. I was amazed at the variety of the selections. There were 3 teens there reading graphic novels and manga as well as teens browsing the shelves. Such a good feeling.