Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?

Allie Stevens Gosselink (she/her), Director, Calhoun County (AR) Library

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?

Since my first YALSA conference in 2014, I have volunteered many hundreds of hours to the organization. I am a past member of the Bylaws and Organization committee, have served on three (and chaired two) selected lists, am currently serving as co-chair of the Awards and Selected Lists Oversight Committee, and have held several other roles within the organization. Along with service to YALSA, I have gained governing and leadership experience through both ARSL and the Arkansas Library Association.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?

I plan to further YALSA’s mission by advocating for clear communication with all members and prioritizing organizational consistency. I hope to build on the work of previous board members to make decisions in the best interest of the sustainability of the organization rather than historical precedent, and to work toward ways to protect the institutional knowledge frequently lost when committees turn over.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

The most pressing issue facing YALSA is borne of the increase in challenges and adversity surrounding our collections. YALSA’s members need support from the organization, as well as consistency and clear communication from its leadership, now more than ever as we navigate providing equitable and inclusive services to our teen patrons in the face of a changing cultural landscape.

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?
Hi! I’m Alicia Blowers (she/her)! For the last 15 years I have had the immense pleasure of serving as the Middle School Librarian and ES-12 Library Department Chair at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. I also volunteer as a member of the Capitol Choices board and have been a part of that amazing organization of librarians, booksellers and other awesome KidLit people since 2009.

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
I have been a YALSA member since I was a baby librarian and have had the honor of serving on a host of different committees over the past decade and a half, so I feel like I know the priorities and ins and outs of the organization, but also have developed relationships with the people who make YALSA such a great organization. My daily work with teens, connections with YALSA members, and connections with librarians who serve teens and young people but aren’t current members gives me a broad base from which to draw my understanding of the needs of librarians serving young people.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is at a critical moment where some really big and important decisions about the future of the organization need to be made. I want to ensure that the various voices of those serving teens and young adults are carefully considered. The key is always putting our members, and the teens and young people they serve as our highest priority.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
YALSA exists for the benefit of its members and has done great work in providing resources and support around DEI topics, book challenges and other threats to our freedom to read. We have a reputation for offering quality professional development and resources. Like many member organizations in these post-pandemic times, we have to figure out the best way to continue to support our members (and potential members!) in their work. I don’t know exactly what this evolution will look like. I have a hunch it may be looking at our organizational structure and offerings and reconfiguring to streamline our services.

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?

Heather Love Beverley (she/her), Assistant Manager of Children’s Services at Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville/Vernon Hills, Illinois

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?

I have been a member of YALSA for 12+ years, and in that time I have served on numerous process, selection, and award committees. My tenure on these various committees have given me an excellent grasp of the breadth of work and support that YALSA does and provides, the skills to collaborate and create with YALSA members across the country, and endless inspiration and appreciation for the work we do with teens as library professionals.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?

YALSA’s mission to empower all those in the profession to provide equitable, diverse and inclusive teen services is one that has become increasingly vital in today’s troubling climate, where vital library services for teens are being threatened. If elected, I would work towards helping YALSA create and maintain the tools and support necessary to stand firm against hostile environments that threaten vital services to our teens.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

The most pressing issue facing YALSA today is navigating providing a safe and welcoming environment for teens while being immersed in an increasingly hostile climate. Threats against library books and services are increasing at an unprecedented rate, yet these very things are what teens need access to more than ever. We need to continue to develop the tools and support to push against those threats so we can still be the safe space teens need.

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?
My name is Ziba Pérez and my pronouns are she/her/ella. I am the Young Adult Librarian for the Palisades Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system.

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
What best qualifies me for being on the YALSA Board of Directors is that I’ve been attending YALSA Board of Directors meetings consistently for the past two years as YALSA’s Liaison to ALA so I know what the board has been up to recently and am ready to jump into action!

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
If elected to this position I envision furthering YALSA’s mission by making sure our voice is heard at every table. Through networking, advocacy, and professional development, the Young Adult Library Services Association empowers all those involved in the profession to provide equitable, diverse and inclusive teen services.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
The most pressing issue facing YALSA today is advocacy. We are the Young Adult Library Services Association and we need to advocate for the Young Adults in our community by advocating for our services in every middle school, high school and public library out there! We need to bring back the enthusiasm and visibility from our nineties: 

“YALSA continued to be proactive and an agent of change, preserving and promoting a dynamic young adult services presence in ALA.” -YALSA (1992-2000) https://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/yalsahandbook/yalsahistory

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?
Isaiah West, Teen Services Specialist, Prince George’s (MD) County Memorial Library System

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
For nearly a decade, I’ve actively contributed to YALSA, serving on various committees and task forces. Committed to its growth, I’ve volunteered extensively to enhance its role as a premier teen services organization, expanding its reach to librarians nationwide. Transitioning from teaching middle school English to being a teen services librarian in 2014, I’ve devoted my career to empowering teens and fostering spaces for them to explore their passions and identities.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is in the middle of some growing pains. I aim to help usher in a new era, prioritizing consistency by updating policies and collaborating with ALA/YALSA staff. I’m eager to explore new studies and strategies to advocate for consistent teen services in our communities.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
I think the biggest issue YALSA faces today is consistency. Although we’ve made strides with top-notch research and publications, maintaining consistent strategic planning is imperative. By moving beyond rhetoric and embracing strategic foresight, we can tackle the decline in volunteers and memberships head-on.

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

  • A note for the election of the YALSA Secretary Position: Kate stepped in as YALSA Secretary in the summer of 2023 due to a resignation, via YALSA Board appointment. The Secretary position is elected every three years, but according to YALSA bylaws, Article VIII Sec. 14, “Vacancies other than those provided for in these Bylaws shall be filled by the Board of Directors by appointment until the next annual election, at which time at least one candidate shall be nominated to fill each unexpired term.” With one year left in the three year term, Kate has graciously offered to complete the final year and stands for election this spring.

What is your name and current job position?

Kate Denier. Senior Branch Manager, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library- Harrison Branch

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?

I have worked with teens in libraries for over 20 years in a variety of positions and have been an active YALSA member for 19 years. I participated on many committees/taskforces and have years of experience on YALSA’s Board of Directors. I have been an ex-officio member as Chair of the Financial Advancement Committee and of the Organization & Bylaws Committee. Most recently, I was YALSA’s Fiscal Officer and I am currently the Secretary.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?

Library workers are facing many challenges right now. It’s sometimes difficult to find the time and resources to do everything we want to do. As Secretary, I can help ensure YALSA Is providing useful, relevant, updated and timely resources. I want to help find new partners to expand our offerings and keep advocating for YALSA so we have the financial support to complete the items in our strategic plan.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

Growing our membership is important. I want both members and non-members to see a place for themselves in YALSA and the value in membership. Beyond resources, participation in YALSA has brought so much to my career. Getting involved provides leadership opportunities, networking and a way to share your skills to help others. Growing our membership will help keep YALSA fiscally healthy so we can continue supporting teens and those who work with them.

YALSA is looking for volunteers to help with the Local Arrangements and Marketing Committee for the ALA Annual Conference in San Diego. Volunteers will assist during the conference, this includes assisting with the implementation of any YALSA-sponsored events.

Here is the link for the full description of the task force duties.

Committee members are expected to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
5 – 7 virtual members including the chair.

Term: >6 Months, January 1 to June 30

To Volunteer:
Please complete the Committee Volunteer Form & contact me at yvette.yalsa@gmail.com

Yvette Garcia
YALSA President-Elect 2024-2025

Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?
Amber Creger (she/hers), Youth Department Director, Schaumburg Township (IL) District Library

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
My experiences as a Youth Services Manager, ALA Councilor, and Fiscal Officer of ALSC have given me a healthy understanding of how to collaborate and compromise with others, along with practical ALA institutional knowledge of how to get things done within the organization. For almost 20 years, I have been an active YALSA member and have served as chair on a number of process committees. I feel I’m an ideal well-round candidate for this position.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is currently in a state of flux and I plan to continue the work of our current President and President Elect to stabilize our division by advocating for more staff to provide support to our members and volunteers. Secure new avenues of funding that promote financial security to the division, and to continue to advocate for Teens and Teen services in our libraries.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
YALSA member are passionate library workers, who know how to get things done. Unfortunately, our division, currently does not have a fully staffed office. I do appreciate all that ALSC’s ED Alena Rivers and her staff doing in this interim period, but it’s hard to move YALSA’s mission and vision forward without fulltime staff to support the work being carried out.

Hi everyone!


I am finally finding the time to write this month’s president report post LLX! Thank you for your patience as I took a month off, attended LLX, was sidelined with Covid, and am now returning with a report this month.


So the YMA’s were pretty fantastic, weren’t they! I have so many TBR titles now, and we definitely had some exciting announcements. And also a big thank you to all our Book Awards and Selected Lists committees, and our Book Awards and Selected Lists Oversight Committee! You all did extraordinary work this year and I am so grateful you all stepped up and volunteered this year!


Speaking of our 2024 awards, thank you everyone for your patience as staff work to post the current winners, nominees, and our YALSA Selected Lists on our website. Some of you may or may not know that YALSA has faced some staffing challenges recently. In December our newly hired Executive Director resigned suddenly and our long term Membership Manager, Letitia Smith, retired. YALSA had to pivot quickly, and I will be eternally grateful to ALSC Executive Director, Alena Rivers, for stepping in as YALSA’s Interim Executive Director.


I am going to go into some details now, so bear with me: Currently YALSA is in good hands with Alena but we are in sort of a holding pattern because we have a limited staffing capacity and our focus right now is really on the big items like budgeting, conferences, and volunteer work. Alena is the Interim YALSA executive Director, we have our full time temp communications specialist (Camille Alcazar), Ninah Moore works part time for YALSA helping us coordinate conferences and awards, and Alena has been approved to hire another temp full time position.


Alena will also be working with the YALSA Board to plan our FY25 budget. The budget planning process starts on the staff side this month and then it will be brought to the YALSA Board once there is a draft budget to review. So YALSA is going to get the resources it needs to continue operations. We are moving forward with the idea that Alena will be our Interim Executive Director for the foreseeable future, as ALA is focusing its resources on the ALA Executive Director search. I expect once that has been completed, we will look to have conversation with ALA leadership for next steps for YALSA.


Right now, the support we need are the member volunteers that can continue to move YALSA forward in the work that we have traditionally expected from our volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered this year! I am not sure you know it, but you all have really been the glue that holds YALSA together and provides excellent services and resources to our members. For those of you who are interested in volunteering for YALSA we will be recruiting for our strategic committees coming up in about a month or two! Watch our YALSA Blog and YALSA’s Connect Space for ore information!

All of that to say– please keep checking in if you need something from the YALSA Board or YALSA Staff. I am always happy to get an email from a member and work to find solutions for any challenges you are facing.


Completed Activities

  • The YALSA Board Programming and Resources Strategic Committee proposed that a TeenTober Task Force be created this spring to evaluate the event. More details can be read in their Board document proposing the formation of the task force
  • President Seisser completed thank you letters to all outgoing chairs
  • President-Elect Garcia competed the winter appointments and worked with the Book Awards and Selected Lists Oversight committee co-chairs, Isaiah West and Erin Durrett, to present committee and chair training



Ongoing Activities

  • President Seisser is working with Interim Executive Director Rivers to address a need for an awards ceremony celebrating the Alex, Morris, Nonfiction, and Edwards awards. The Printz Award has been secured for ALA Annual and Booklist staff will be working with YALSA staff for the event.
  • President Seisser is working with the Board Development Committee to promote our upcoming YALSA slate for the elections opening in March. Watch the YALSA Blog and YALSA’s Connect Space for interviews with the candidates
  • The YALSA Board has received reports from the YALSA Symposium Evaluation task force and YALSA’s Division and membership Promotion committee that will be presented at our February Board meeting. The Symposium Evaluation task force conducted a member survey and examined data to make recommendations for the future of the YALSA Symposium, and the Division and membership Promotion committee held a focus group at Symposium of which the results are documented in the report for the Board to discuss.

Respectfully submitted by Colleen Seisser, YALSA President

Hi All,

This training will be recorded.

Award and Selection list training will take place on:
January 31, 2024, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Member training will take place from 1- 2 p.m.
Chair training will take place from 2 – 3 p.m.

Zoom information will be posted shortly. Please email me your questions at yvette.yalsa@gmail.com.