Beth Yoke sent this email to YALSA Committee Chairs yesterday and it has lots of information on ways to get involved (or more involved) with YALSA. Check it out!

YALSA’s Board of Directors met at the 2007 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Listed below are some new programs and/or initiatives that the Board approved. There are some immediate opportunities for members and member groups to get involved, including serving on taskforces and contributing to a new YALSA wiki. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Judy or me. -Beth (byoke@ala.org)

Funds for presenting at conferences: the Board voted to set aside $1,000 annually to be used as stipends for members who wish to present YALSA programs at state and/or regional conferences. An ad-hoc committee of the Board will establish guidelines for applying for the stipend. The goal is to have the program in place by Annual 2007.

Expanding the Board of Directors: in response to the increased activity and number of initiatives YALSA is now implementing on an annual basis, the Board voted to put on the ballot a measure that would add two positions to the Board: a Secretary and another Director-at-Large. The membership will vote on this in the spring election.

2008 Midwinter Meeting:

Institute: Judy will appoint a taskforce to plan and implement an Institute for the 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The topic of the Institute will be advocacy.

Social Event: Judy will appoint a separate taskforce to plan and implement a social event(s) which will include gaming.

YALSAWiki: At the 2006 Annual Conference the Board voted in favor of establishing a YALSA wiki. The Web Advisory Committee created guidelines for the wiki, which were adopted at the 2007 meeting in Seattle. The Web Advisory Committee is now charged with developing the wiki. Committees and other member groups may opt in and choose to develop and maintain their own section of the wiki. Contact Linda Braun, lbraun@leonline.com, for details.

New Student Scholarship: Judy will appoint a taskforce to develop a proposal for a new scholarship that will fund student member(s) travel to ALA’s Annual Conference and/or YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium.

Proposed Nonfiction Award: Judy will appoint a taskforce to develop a proposal for an award for YA nonfiction.

20th Anniversary of the Edwards Award: Judy will appoint a taskforce that will plan a program for Annual 2008 that honors the anniversary. The taskforce will also explore other ways to celebrate the anniversary.

Programs for Annual 2008: The Board approved a preliminary slate of programs in concept for the conference in Anaheim. There is still room for a few more programs. If your committee or group wants to sponsor one, please turn in Form A as soon as possible. Form A is at:
http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/aboutyalsa/yalsahandbook.htm

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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