As the Outgoing chairperson of the YALSA Nominating Committee, I wanted to remind everyone that the 2010 ALA and YALSA election season is just around the corner.’  Online voting begins in less than two months on March 16th and ends April 23rd.’  Members who wish to vote in the upcoming 2010 election must have their membership current as of January 31st, 2010 – just 10 days from today.’ ‘  If you are planning to renew your membership, doing so before the January 31st deadline will ensure that you are eligible to vote in the 2010 election.

In the coming months, watch the blog for more information about the election and for interviews and podcasts with our impressive group of YALSA candidates. ‘ Don’t miss this convenient option for getting to know the people running for the chance to represent YALSA.’  ‘ ‘ Making informed choices about the leadership of the Division is an important member responsibility so take some time to learn about the candidates, their backgrounds and their experience.

It’s essential to vote not only in the YALSA election but also in the ALA election this spring.’  This is your chance to make sure that the Divisions of which you are a member, along with the larger ALA organization, support the needs of your library and the teens that you serve.

Two resources you can browse right now that will help you prepare for the upcoming elections are:

Interested in doing more than voting and thinking that you may want to stand for election to an office in the future?’  If so, you can:

Review the how to run for office information.

Contact the current Chair of YALSA’s Nominating Committee John Sexton Chair at for details about running for YALSA office in 2011.

Talk to the Current YALSA President-Elect, President or Past President.’  Any one of these three individuals knows the process (because they’ve been through it) and can direct you to whom you need to contact. If you want information about a specific office, try contacting someone on the YALSA Boardwho is’  holding it presently. They’ll be glad to tell you what they know!

Talk to the YALSA Office as staff will also direct you to whom you need to speak. Call 1.800.545.2433 x4390 or

Don’t miss the chance make your voice heard and to give back to the association by voting in the 2010 election!

About Paula Brehm Heeger

Past-President of YALSA (President, 2007-2008) and current member of the YALSA Board of Directors (2006-2009). Past YALSA Committee Chair positions include Partnerships Advocating for Teens (PAT), TAGS, Intellectual Freedom; Past ALSC Chair positions include Notable Children's Videos; Contributing author to upcoming "Quick and Popular Reads" (ALA Editions, forthcoming)

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