Hi All! September was another super busy month! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

September YALSA President’s Report

Key Activities:

Collaborated with ALISE to brainstorm about the creation of a jointly sponsored scholarship between ALISE and YALSA to support Library and Information School doctoral candidates who want to pursue studies in libraries serving young adults.

Worked with Strategic Planning chair Renee McGrath to spread awareness and promote YALSA’s new Strategic Plan with membership and beyond.

Met via conference call with YALSA’s Executive Director, Linda Braun and ALA President Maureen Sullivan to discuss the rollout of YALSA’s exciting IMLS-funded initiative around the teen services in libraries summit this January. LLAMA representative Mary Frances Burns will be serving on the advisory board along with key YALSA members and educational stakeholders from around the country. More information about the National Forum on Teens in Libraries can be found here: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11490.

In partnership with YALSA’s Executive Committee, appointed Past-President Linda Braun to the position of YALS editor.

Brainstormed with Carrie Kausch, fabulous chair of the President’s Program Committee about the content for an exciting 2013 program that will celebrate innovative programming and activities for young adults in libraries.

Finished appointing three new taskforces to support YALSA’s mission: the Capacity Building Taskforce, State Association Outreach and 365 Days of YA.

Wrote the welcome message for this years YA Lit Symposium. I’m going, are you??? Register by October 9 for the lowest rate at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

Outreach and Media:

Interviewed by School Library Journal about the importance of eBooks and readership among teens.

Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times about young adult fiction writers breaking into the adult market and vice versa.

Thank You!

To everyone who took one of the YALSA surveys that we ran in September! YALSA’s Executive Committee will review the survey results at their meeting in October and carry recommendations forward to the board for deliberation.

Kudos to the entire YALSA Exec Team for working so diligently to select the new editor of YALS.

Special thanks to Board Member Sarah Sogigian for hosting an amazing Tweetup on eContent in September

Thanks to Dollar General for agreeing to support another year of excellent summer reading programs for teens in libraries. Applications can be found here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/yalsaawardsgrants.

Thanks to Penguin Books for Young Readers for supporting Teen Read Week! How are you celebrating? Tell us by listing your event at www.ala.org/teenread.

Statistics & Data:

Membership stood at 5,188 for August; down 2.6% over this time last year.

Donations for August were approximately $3,400.00. Thanks to the Financial Advancement Committee’s fundraising efforts and all of the generous people who made a donation.

Thanks for all that you do for YALSA!

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