My term as YALSA Board Fellow began on the last day of ALA conference 2014 when I, among others, was officially welcomed on the board. It was a hot and humid day in Las Vegas, yet a happy one filled with conference goers walking briskly to their desired programs/meetings, going back to their hotel with stacks of books, or preparing to head back home.
Since then, I’ve met with my board assigned mentor to brainstorm project ideas and get feedback on board ethics, as well as actively participated in board duties that include:
- Meeting with the committee chairs to which I am a board liaison to discuss their roles and provide initial support towards managing their committees
- Participating in discussion around the member recruitment standing committee
- Attending a couple of board related conference calls and meetings
- Sending personalized welcome greetings to new YALSA members
- Brainstorming and beginning my diversity related YALSA project
No doubt it all seems like quite a bit of work in just two months. But my experience has already been so great and fulfilling wrapped with lots of support from Executive Director, Beth and the board members.
In addition to grasping new skills and strengthening others, considering YALSA new report Future of Library Services for and with Teens, I’ve been able to contribute my knowledge and time to YALSA’s great mission to “expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.” I am glad to be a part of this team that make a difference in the lives of teens everywhere via impactful decisions that give YA services professionals the tools and resources to help teens access college information, access to technology, written resources, recreational activities, safe library environments, among other things.
I am so grateful to have been selected as the Board Fellow this year and plan to continue to use my time to advocate for teens through YALSA.
The new application period is underway and closes on December 1st. Here’s a link to the application http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/yalsa_fellows_program, and I’m very happy to answer any questions you may have about YALSA or the Board Fellow program. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow @YALSA and me @nicolalmcdonald on Twitter for the latest YALSA updates.
I hope you’ll consider applying for this great opportunity!