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May YALSA President’s Report

Key Activities:

Co-hosted an exciting series of online discussions with the Digital Media and Learning team on http://connectedlearning.tv. These talks were inspired by talks at the National Forum on Youth and Libraries. You can watch the discussions here and read through the resource packets here.

Traveled to Washington DC to participate in Library Legislative Day where we met with key policy makers and funders including IMLS (who funded our National Forum project) and government officials to talk about issues surrounding young adults and libraries.

Also in Washington, pitched YALSA’s new STEM issue brief to an audience of White House officials, and shared information about new trends in young adult services in libraries, including maker spaces, connected learning and more.

Connected with HASTAC, MacArthur and Mozilla at Project Connect Hackathon in New York City and shared information about YALSA’s digital badging project.

Hosted an awesome advocacy town hall with members to gain insight on how to move forward with YALSA’s advocacy agenda.

Connected with the research team to identify candidates for the editor of JRLYA.

Outreach & Media:

Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune on the importance and influence of Judy Blume on young adult literature.

Important Dates:

YALSA turns 56 on June 24th! In lieu of a birthday present, please consider a donation to Friends of YALSA, which annually supports $16,000 worth of member grants and awards, www.ala.org/yalsa/givetoyalsa/give

See you at ALA’s Annual Conference, June 28 – July 2! Don’t forget to join us at the YALSA Happy Hour on Saturday, June 29 from 6:00 – 7:00PM at the Hyatt Regency on 151 E Upper Wacker Dr. Also don’t forget to join us at YALSA’s other amazing events, which you can find here http://tinyurl.com/YALSAan13. If you can’t make it to Chicago, follow the action via the YALSAblog and The Hub.


Membership: 5,161 (-1.0% compared to last Apr.)

Donations in April: data not yet available from ALA

Ballyhoos and Lovebombs:

Special thanks to the Legislation committee for heading up a great Library Legislative Day with their Tweet your Senator and Tweet your Representative maps!

A great, big thanks to all of the amazing YALSA members who were on the 2013 slate. We appreciate your passion for YALSA and your willingness to donate your time and expertise!

Gratitude and appreciation go to the Awards and Governance Nominating Committees for all the work they did putting together the 2013 slate and informing members about all of the awesome candidates.

Muchas gracias to all our super duper committee, jury, taskforce and advisory board Chairs who turned in their quarterly reports on 5/15!

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