It’s been another busy month for YALSA! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Key Activities:

In collaboration with the Division Membership and Promotion chair Sarah Couri, co-hosted YALSA’s first monthly tweetup on using Twitter in libraries. Future tweetups will be happening on the first Tuesday of every month.

Hosted the first Connect. Create. Collaborate. e-chat with the YALSA membership and got some terrific ideas on some new activities for the association, including how YALSA can better reach out to members on a local level.

Kicked off the virtual Presidential Road Trip on the West Coast, and began building a new YALSA President Facebook presence to capture my findings.

Led the first YALSA Board meeting on August 28 and discussed committee chair reports, the action plan and the board self-assessment process.

Appointed volunteers to several vital new taskforces including the State Association Outreach, 365 Days of YA, President’s Program and Youth Engagement taskforces. We are still seeking volunteers for the Capacity Building taskforce!

Collaborated with the YALSA Blog team to finalize plans for Connect. Create. Collaborate. coverage on the blog.

In partnership with the Financial Advancement Committee, kicked off a Friends of YALSA campaign and raised $2,241.00 in donations in August. YALSA will also receive an additional $1,000.00 in matching funds since we reached our $2,000.00 goal!

Worked with the AASL and ALSC Presidents to begin establishing a charge for a new taskforce on libraries and the Common Core, and to come up with a list of tasks for the Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Libraries
Important YALSA News and Deadlines:

Advance registration for YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium Nov. 2 – 4 in St. Louis closes Sept. 16th.’ ‘  I’m going—are you?’  Register and learn more at

Don’t forget to submit your volunteer forms to be on YALSA’s selection and awards committees, including Best Fiction for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and more. Committees begin work Feb. 1, 2013. The deadline is Sept. 30th.

Bundled registration for the 2013 Midwinter and Annual conference opens on September 10, 2012 at Registration for just Midwinter opens October 1, and registration for Annual opens in early January. To find out what YALSA will be doing at these events, go to

Statistics & Data:

Membership in July 2012 was 5,168, down 3.2% from July 2011.

Raised $1,375.00 in July and $2,241.00 in August. YALSA will receive an additional $1,000.00 in matching funds for reaching our $2,000.00 goal.

Thank You!

Special thanks to Kate Pickett and the Financial Advancement Committee for working so hard to get the word out about the Friends of YALSA campaign. Thanks to you and your team for helping us meet our $2,000.00 goal!

Thank you to Sarah Couri and the Division of Membership and Promotion team for spearheading the very first YALSA tweet up in August. We had a great conversation, and we look forward to more.

Thank you to mk eagle and all of the YALSA bloggers for working so diligently to build out blogging plans for the Connect. Create. Collaborate. theme.

Thanks to the Teen Read Week Committee for vetting the minigrant applications and selecting the winners!


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