There’s a YALSA initiative that tends to regularly bubble up in conversation with notable nostalgia and fondness: the 2008 YALSA Road Trip. Well, fear not dear members, I’m happy to report that it’s back. With 2013 sensibilities.

The YALSA Board voted unanimously at the Mdiwinter meeting to create a taskforce that will identify ten state or regional public and school library conferences to visit in the next year. Once identified, the task force will recruit local YALSA members to staff a booth, present a program, and/or host a suitably YALSA-tastic event armed with a toolkit packed with suggestions, guidelines, and strategies.

In attending these conferences, our goals will be many: to build bridges to state library organizations, provide regional networking and development opportunities, grow YALSA leaders, and seek out new members. So be on the lookout for an increased YALSA presence in your neck of the woods. Even better, volunteer to serve on the taskforce to help make it all happen.

About Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson is the 2013-2014 YALSA President and Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library.

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