Mission: The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

I’m one month into my term and I remain as awestruck and invigorated as ever by the energy and talent of YALSA members and staff. ‘ It’s been a flurry of a month! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Continuation of tasks from the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, such as sharing out board decisions to various committees and members.
  • Planned an August Board follow-up discussion/conference call from the YALSA Annual Membership meeting on member needs related to “best practices.”
  • Held conference calls with the Executive Director and several Committee Chairs to discuss timelines, changes, and future projects.
  • Planned and implemented a new Board member orientation follow-up discussion and training.
  • Created an agenda for a conference call with the YALSA Past President, Jack Martin and President Elect, Chris Shoemaker.
  • Worked with AASL President Gail Dickinson and ALSC President Starr LaTronica to finalize a charge for an interdivisional committee on School/Workforce Readiness.
  • Participated in a Google Hangout with the President’s Program Committee to discuss plans for a program on Connected Learning at Annual 2014 in Las Vegas.
  • Appointed members to various committee positions and contacted members with questions about newly formed taskforces. There’s still time to volunteer for these exciting new groups!
  • Discussed a joint proposal for the Board with ALISE youth services SIG co-chairs regarding the possibility of a new research fellowship.
  • Identified YALSA members to serve as Reps to seventeen ALA committees and assemblies.
  • Worked with the Executive Director to update board support documents for the coming year.
  • Spoke with a reporter from the Durham Herald-Sun regarding trends in young adult literature.
  • Discussed candidates and set interview dates with the executive committee and outgoing Manager Gretchen Kolderup for the Hub Manager position.
  • Worked with the Executive Director to update a full board evaluation and collected feedback for future planning.
  • Created a schedule for Board Town-Hall discussions. Save the date for the first Wednesday in October, February and May to chat with your division leaders on selected topics! 2 pm EST


  • Reads 4 Teens is available. This $29 digital download is a mash-up of YALSA’s 2013 lists and winners, and includes 32 pamphlets and 10 bookmarks:

  • Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC by Monique Delatte Starkey has gone on sale!

  • Teen Read Week is right around the corner! Connect with colleagues and plan your programs by registering at the official Ning.

  • Voting has begun for Teen’s Top Ten! Vote for your faves through October 19th and check out the TTT Tumblr. ‘ 

  • Bundled registration for ALA Midwinter and Annual 2014 opens September 9th.

  • The YALSA Advocacy page is looking more inspiring than ever, especially with the inclusion of the recently updated Advocacy Toolkit!


Thank you to my Presidential Advisory Taskforce: Lisa Lechuga, Clair Larkin, Ellen Seeburger, Dawn Rutherford, and Melissa McBride for hanging in there with me this past year.

Thank you to my Presidential Appointments Taskforce: April Witteveen, Teri Lesesne, Summer Hayes, Angela Frederick, and Sarah Flowers for their time and valuable input, especially last fall.

Thank you to Gretchen Kolderup for her amazing leadership at the Hub these past years and welcome to incoming manager Allison Tran! Great things to continue and come.

Many thanks to outgoing JRLYA editor, Sandra Hughes- Hassell for her stellar service and a warm welcome to incoming editor, Denise Agosto!

Thank you to all of our generous Teen Read Week partners including Soho Teen, Blink, Dollar General, Scholastic, and ALA Graphics.

And finally, thank you to all of the 2012-2013 outgoing Chairs and committee members for their hard work and dedication this past year.

About Shannon Peterson

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

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