On Sunday, January 9, YALSA hosted Coffee with the Candidates. This new approach to getting to know the candidates running for YALSA Board, in an informal setting, was an excellent way to learn about those on the 2011 YALSA slate.

This is how it worked. Candidates running for each position sat together at tables. In other words Board candidates Christian Zabriskie and Sandra Hughes-Hassell sat together, candidates for President Jack Martin and Mary Hastler sat together, Fiscal Officer candidates Penny Johnson and Jerene Battisti sat together, and candidates for Secretary Sarajo Wentling and Krista McKenzie sat together. Those attending the session sat at each table for 15 minute Q and A sessions. After a 15 minute period attendees moved to another table to sit with another set of candidates.

Questions ranged from “Why do you want to run for YALSA Board” to “How do you see your role on the YALSA Executive Committee having an impact on that Committee.” (A question asked of those running for Fiscal Officer and Secretary.). Sometimes the questions asked provided opportunities for those sitting at the table to discuss the world of teen services and the ways in which YALSA supports teen librarians.

Coffee with the Candidates marks the beginning of the ALA/YALSA election season. Over the next several months YALSA members will have more opportunities to learn about the association’s 2011 election slate. Stay tuned to the YALSA Blog for more election information.

Thanks to the 2011 YALSA Nominating Committee Chair, John Sexton, and his members for putting together the slate and organizing the Coffee.

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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