May 2014 President’s Report

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization 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.


  • Attended National Library Legislative Day in Washington D.C. with Executive Director Beth Yoke. We met with staff members representing Senators from the HELP and Commerce Committees, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance for Excellence in Education, Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, and the Afterschool Alliance.
  • Worked with various individuals and YALSA member groups to provide feedback’  to Barb Stripling, ALSC and AASL leaders for a ALA Council resolution on Eliza Dresang, a well-loved library leader and GSLIS Instructor who passed on April 21st.
  • Wrote a “From the President” column for YALS.
  • Facilitated a town hall with the Board and members on organizational experiences.
  • Worked with Executive Director Beth Yoke on a draft agenda for YALSA Board meetings a the ALA Annual conference and solicited Board feedback.
  • Solicited feedback from ALSC and AASL executive committee members for our joint executive meeting at ALA Annual.
  • Provided feedback to ALA leaders and representatives on ALA/Division meetings at ALA Annual.
  • Held virtual discussion with the Board and voted on a policy aimed at Broadening Participation in YALSA’s award and selection committees.
  • Provided feedback to various Chairs and Taskforces.
  • Provided feedback to board members on draft proposals for YALSA meetings at ALA Annual.
  • Spoke with a reporter from MTV on Young Adult Literature.
  • Wrote a report for the ALA Executive Board and Council on 2013-2014 activities.


  • Applications for YA Literature Symposium stipends are due June 15th! The Symposium will take place November 14-16th in fun-filled Austin, Texas.
  • Interested in what the YALSA Board will be talking about at Annual? An agenda will be posted here at least two weeks prior to the conference.
  • Register now for YALSA’s summer e-course on Critical Evaluation of Young Adult Literature with the fab Teri Lesesne and Karin Perryof Sam Houston State University’s Library Science Department. Instruction begins on July 1st and ends on August 12th.
  • Spread the word! Teens ages 12-18 can throw their name in the ring until August 1st to win a chance to become a Hub blogger during this year’s Teen Read Week.


  • Many thanks to Emily Sheketoff and the ALA Washington Office for scheduling and partnering with YALSA on meetings at National Library Legislative Day.
  • Huge props to everyone who registered for YALSA’s National Library Legislative Day Thunderclap! Almost 400 individuals and institutions participated to achieve a social reach to over 240,000 people.
  • Thank you to Chair Jennifer Korn and the Legislative Committee for their hard work on updating the Tweet Your Senator and Representative maps and early preparations on District Days.
  • Thanks to Sarah Levin, Robin Kurz, and Lisa Lechuga for sharing your experiences as Library Legislative Day stipend winners with awesome posts via the YALSAblog!
  • Thanks to Sarah Kepple and Rachel McDonald for hosting a webinar on the awesome new Advocacy Benchmarks! YALSA members can access this and other YALSA webinars free of charge through YELL, YALSA’s e-learning library.
  • Cheers to all of those who have shared expertise and participated in the 100 Days till Summer Countdown series. Check out YALSA’s Summer of Reading and Learning Ning for more information.

YALSA membership for April stood at 5,134 members (-0.5% difference from this time last year), FOY (Friends of YALSA) received $25 in donations.

About Shannon Peterson

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

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