What in the world have I been up to lately? It’s all here.

Key Activities:

Worked with the Board to appoint the fabulous Carla Land as the 2013-14 YALSA Board Fellow. We are thrilled to have her as part of the team!

Worked with the Board to appoint Pam Spencer Holley to fill the vacant position of Fiscal Officer. Pam will be working closely with the Board, the Executive Committee and the FInancial Advancement Committee Chair to help YALSA members and the public better understand YALSA’s finances. Thank you, Pam!

Had an inspiring, eye-opening, amazing time at the Summit on Teens & Libraries. We learned about teens, technology, Connected Learning and so much more. Save the date for March 19 so you can participate in the first virtual town hall on leveraging partnerships between libraries and other organizations: www.ala.org/yaforum & on Twitter: #yalsaforum.

Appointed chairs to four exciting new taskforces to evaluate Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week, the Writing Award as well as a taskforce to create YALSA’s first National Programming Guidelines for Libraries. Email me at hillias@gmail.com for more information!

Collaborating with the YALSA office and the Annual Marketing Committee to create a fabulous fashion event at the Annual Conference in Chicago for members! Stay tuned for more information! To see what else YALSA has planned for Annual, visit http://tinyurl.com/YALSAan13

Outreach and Media:

Working with the ALA Publicity Office to schedule press interviews for the 2013 Teen Tech Week.

Interviewed by the website Books Make a Difference to talk about YALSA’s commitment to teens and reading. The article is posted at http://booksmakeadifference.com/yalsa/

Important Dates:

Celebrate Teen Tech Week March 10 – 16

Please join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 2PM ET to continue the conversation started at the Summit on Teens & Libraries: www.ala.org/yaforum
Don’t forget to vote! The ALA ballot opens on Tuesday, March 19!

Statistics & Data:

Membership stats for January: 5,179 (down 0.3% over last year)
Total Donations for January 2013: $85.00

Ballyhoos and Lovebombs:

A big thanks to Penny Johnson for all of her hard work and dedication in her service on the YALSA Board and the Executive Committee. Special thanks to Pam Spencer Holley for agreeing to step into the Fiscal Officer position.

Special thanks to Krista McKenzie for stepping up to chair the Division Marketing and Promotion committee.

Congratulations to Wendy Stephens, the new YALSA Blog Manager. A big thanks to outgoing manager mk Eagle for all of her hard work on the blog!

Thanks to the Summer Reading Taskforce for vetting all of the grant applications and keeping the conversation about summer reading going via the new online community at http://summerreading.ning.com/

A great big thanks to the Midwinter Local Arrangements Committee for all they did to make the conference awesome and special for YALSA attendees.

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