Recently I’ve written posts about the YALSA committee appointment process and the value of participating in YALSA via its various committees.’  Of course that involvement is essential to the success of YALSA. Along with involvement in the Division, it’s also important for YALSA members to participate in the larger ALA governance and ALA community.’  One way to do that is to get your name on the ballot to run for ALA Council.

Why would you want to do that? The video below provides some good reasons.

Along with what’s discussed in the video, from the youth services & YALSA perspective, what’s important is that when ALA Council includes members that are teen oriented, it’s more likely that the needs of teen librarians will be served by the organization. Imagine if ALA Council was filled with teen services oriented librarians. Can you see it? Teen librarians standing up at ALA Council meetings talking about the needs of teens in libraries and making sure that decisions that might have an impact on teen services are made in a way that is positive from a teen perspective.

If you’d like to learn more about serving on Council, contact YALSA’s Division Councilor, Christine Allen at &/or YALSA’s representative on ALA’s Nominating Committee, Sarah Flowers at

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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