Happy New Year!

I am pleased to announce that all appointments have been made for the 2015-2016 award and selection committee cycle.

Many, many thanks to the all the talented and dedicated YALSA members who submitted nearly 600 volunteer applications to join these great committees!

If you submitted an application, you should have received an email from me inviting you to be on a committee or an email letting you know that my appointments taskforce and I were unable to find a spot for you this year.

If you received one of the latter emails, please don’t be discouraged and please try again. There were just not enough slots for the number of applications we received.

In the meantime, you can gain valuable YALSA and professional development experience by volunteering to be on a YALSA strategic committee, task force, or jury. The work of all of these strategic groups is done virtually and do not require conference attendance. The deadline for strategic committee applications is March 1, 2015, and I will be making those appointments in the spring.

About Candice Mack

Candice A. (Wingyee) Mack is honored to be YALSA's Immediate Past President, as well as the Senior Librarian of systemwide Teen Services for the Los Angeles Public Library. She is also a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2006 ALA Spectrum Scholar. Passions for connected learning (like DJing), social justice, child & adolescent development and an unusual coincidence led her to pursue teen services librarianship. On Twitter, she can be found @tinylibrarian.

2 Thoughts on “Committee Appointments Update

  1. Abby Moore on February 3, 2015 at 10:53 am said:

    Do we have to be a member of YALSA in order to volunteer?

  2. Hi there,

    Yes, to be appointed to a committee, applicants must be personal members of YALSA.

    More information on how to join YALSA is available here:


    Please note: there are different dues rates for students, unemployed, first year members, and more.

    You can also contact Letitia Smith in the YALSA Office for more information. Her contact information is here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/staff

    Hope this helps!

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