October is a great month to spend as a YALSA member. Members celebrated Teen Read Weekâ„¢ by engaging teens in numerous programming events meant to encourage them to spend more recreational time reading for the fun of it. A new round of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge kicked off with teens signing up at participating libraries and pledging to read books and compete in bookmark competitions for a chance to attend WrestleMania in Atlanta next spring.
Many thanks go out to all librarians keeping their teens engaged with Teen Read Week activities and programming. Thanks also to Maria Gentle, who has volunteered to translate YALSA’s updated Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth into Spanish for us, and Monique le Conge for allowing YALSA to nominate her to represent us on the ALA Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content. Thanks also to John Sexton and the Nominations committee who have finalized a wonderful slate for our spring elections. The full slate can be found here, and thank you to everyone willing volunteer to help keep YALSA growing and flourishing. As we put the finishing touches on planning for the YA Lit Symposium, special thanks go out to Jerene Battisti, Stephanie Squicciarini and Crystal Faris for stepping in at the last minute to fill in as presenters for the Readers’ Advisory Pre-Conference.
Chaired the Fall Executive Committee meeting in Chicago, IL. Draft minutes can be found on the YALSA Governance page here.’  Among the topics discussed as the association plans for the upcoming MidWinter meetings were:
• a Mega Issue topic: YALSA’s Role in Guiding the Profession
• how best to provide support and resources to chairs of virtual committees/juries/taskforces
• submitting new member award proposals to ALA’s Award Committee for approval
• the evaluation process for the new BFYA selected list.’  At the 2010 Midwinter Meeting YALSA’s Board of Directors approved the proposal as written in document #14 “Selected List Portfolio Proposal,” which lead to several changes with YALSA’s lists and awards, including changing the Best Books for Young Adults list to the Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Part of the Board document stated that “the YALSA Board direct itself, one year after the changes have been implemented, to evaluate the success of the changes and make adjustments as necessary.”’  YALSA’s Executive Committee discussed possible methods for conducting the evaluation and has decided to submit a recommendation to the Board for consideration at their meeting at Midwinter 2011 calling for the establishment of a task force to implement the evaluation.’  If the recommendation is approved by the Board at its January 2011 meeting, in February the President will appoint a task force composed of YALSA members which will conduct the evaluation and submit its findings and recommendations to the Board by no later than December 2011. If the Board does not accept the Executive Committee’s recommendation, it must come to a consensus for an alternative means of conducting the evaluation.
• policies and procedures for the new Readers’ Choice Committee
• guidelines for future Past Presidents’ Lecture Planning Committees to aid them in selecting speakers
• the implications of the two proposed changes to YALSA’s dues structure, which will appear on the spring ballot.
Executive Committee members also attended a strategic planning meeting with other division leaders and ALA leaders.
• Final plans in place fort the YA Lit Symposium.
• Celebrated Teen Read Week along with YALSA members and staff
• Appointed members to a new taskforce, which will focus on marketing YALSA’s 2011 selected lists and book & media awards
• Worked with the Nominating Committee to finalize the 2011 election slate
• Provided quotes and information to Donna St. George of the Washington Post for an article on Teen Reading in the Digital age.
• Interviewed with The BookRadio Show’  based out of Los Angeles, which aired on CBS Radio (KFWB-AM).
• Interviewed with Elizabeth Kennedy for an article at About.com
• Working with the Research Committee to move plans forward for an updated research agenda and to plan for a poster session at annual 2011
• Conducting a search for Guest Editors for the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
• Finalizing plans for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting 2011 in San Diego
• Preparing for Board member and Chair training, which will take place virtually in late November and early December
• Tell us about your advocacy efforts and you could win $500! Learn more about YALSA’s Thinking Big about Advocacy Contest. Applications due February 1, 2011.
• ALA’s Midwinter Meeting will be Jan. 7-11 in San Diego. Advanced registration is open. When you Register, don’t forget to sign up for’  YALSA’s pre-Midwinter workshop, Teen Services and the Whole Library Experience, , Jan. 7-11, San Diego.
• YALSA is developing an evaluation tool to use in concert with its competencies. Please read the draft evaluation tool (PDF) and submit your comments to YALSA by Nov. 15.
• Register for YALSA’s webinars! Registration is open for Do More with Less: Passive Programs (Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Eastern) and Going Mobile: Teens, Libraries, and Cell Phones (Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Eastern). Learn more.
• Do you have a fantastic Teen Advisory Board? A successful teen volunteer program? Have teens helped you plan your library’s space for them, online or in the building? Submit your success stories to YALSA’s Big Book of Youth Participation! Download the application (Word doc) and send to yalsayp@gmail.com.
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–respectfully submitted, Kim Patton

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