February President’s Report
Just a quick update from a short month! The Board has been having quite a number of conversations related to strategic planning, and I invite you to the next town hall – May 14th at 8pm EST to be part of the discussions!
Hosted YALSA member town hall to discuss member implementation of the recommendations from the Futures report.
Led a Board Planning Session which focused on outcomes training and ways to incorporate outcomes into YALSA’s strategic planning process.
Prepared board standing committees for revised quarterly chair report review process
Appointed members to fill vacancies on various committees.
Facilitated online discussion and voting for student engagement taskforce, programming guidelines, and the president’s program.
Spoke with Santa Rose Press about teens and library usage
Elections begin March 24 and run through May 1.
Congratulations to the winners of YALSA’s writing awards: Shari Lee, Sarah Ludwig, Jaina Shaw, and Anna Tschetter.
See you in San Francisco, Lisa Castellano, Lauren Lancaster, and Alicia Tate, the winners of YALSA’s Conference Travel Grants.
Happy collection development to Kay Hones, Christy James, and Joan Yarsa, whose libraries are receipts of materials from YALSA’s Great Books Giveaway
Special shout out to Sarah Hashimoto and Robin Fogle Kurz, the winners of YALSA’s Volunteer of the Year award.
Peggy Hendershot brought diversity to the forefront of her teen discussions and won the MAE award for best literature program
Smooth ordering to Brandt Ensor, Jean Forness, Graig Henshaw, Carolann MacMaster, Emma McCandless, Brooke Nelson, Emily Otis, and LaRaie Zimm, the winners of the MAE collection development grants.
Membership – 5,168 members in Jan, up 1% over this time last year
April 2014 President’s Report
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens.
Helped to plan a monthly chat with the Board of Directors on YALSA’s fiscal status and FY15 priorities. Thank you to Fiscal Officer Pam Spencer Holly and Beth Yoke for helpful overviews and updates.
Facilitated the bi-annual conference call with the YALSA Executive Committee. Agenda and minutes can be accessed here.
Led planning calls with the Past and President-Elect, as well as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Worked with the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and the Communications Managers to select an incoming YALSA Blog Manager. Congratulations to Crystle Martin and many thanks to all of the amazing applicants.
During the next few days, YALSA’s Executive Director and I will be in Washington DC for National Library Legislative Day. We’ll be talking to Congressional Staff and policy makers at key foundations and organizations about the vital role libraries and library staff play in helping teens succeed in school and prepare for careers.
In order for our conversations to have any lasting impact though, they need to be supported by a grassroots effort from members and supporters. Without your’ participation in NLLD via Tweets #NLLD14), emails and phone calls, we’ll be just two people talking. We need you to amplify, to show that we are all working together to improve teens’ lives.
As of today, just over 300 individuals have signed on to support YALSA’s NLLD Thunderclap. While that’s a start, YALSA has 5,138 members. All of those members have friends, families, colleagues, and patrons who stand behind the important work that we do everyday.’ So please, take a few moments out of your day to help your teen patrons, your library and your livelihood. Sign our Thunderclap,’ reach out to your members of Congress and encourage others to do the same. Let’s leverage social media to amplify our voices and make real change for libraries and our patrons! The future of teens and libraries depends on us. #Act4Teens now.
In recent years, the President and Board of Directors have held virtual town halls to hear great ideas, get feedback on activities, and talk through goal areas in YALSA’s mission. On May 7th at 2 pm EST, we’d like take the broad view and talk through your overall YALSA experience. Specifically, we’ll be covering the following four questions:
What is it about the organization that has earned your loyalty?
What does YALSA do that frustrates you?
What are three things that YALSA could do that would add the most professional value to the career of teen librarians?
What are your three biggest concerns or needs?
Your thoughts can help YALSA become an even more responsive and relevant organization, so please, speak up! We’ll be meeting via this Adobe Connect space. Chat and audio will be available, but virtual bonus points will be given to those with a microphone too! Feel free to log-in at anytime in the next week to test your device’s capability and setup.
It’s been an exciting year getting to know more of you through the appointments process and I’m thrilled, honored, and to be frank, in a little disbelief that I will begin my term as your President on July 1st. Did you know that the incoming President actually gets a gavel? I can’t wait to cross-purpose it at Teen Advisory Board meetings.
Current President Jack Martin’s theme of Connect, Create, Collaborate has led to exciting partnerships, rich discussions, and forward thinking ideas about what it means to serve teens in the 21st century. I hope to carry some of that amazing momentum forward into my term with a theme which will focus solely on something that I know I’ve struggled with as a librarian, advocacy and activism.
I’ve been lucky enough to schedule some time with a few of YALSA’s advocacy experts (Heather Gruenthal, Jenna Nemec Loise, and Linda W. Braun) via the Google Hangout below to share the story of their respective journeys to becoming successful youth advocates and to inspire us, wherever we may be in our own.
According to the most recent PLDS survey, there was an almost 20% drop in the number of full-time staff dedicated to teen services in public libraries in the past four years. There was also an almost 7% drop in the number of school librarians from 2004-2011. We all know, deep into our cores, that teens need libraries and the holistic range of programs and services that teen librarians provide. A 20% and 7% drop? Continue reading Amplified: Speaking Up for Teens and Libraries
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 Mayâ€”we hopeâ€”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.