Greetings YALSA members! I hope all your New Year activities have gone well, and that you’re in the swing of winter programming, test preparation, and Midwinter planning!
Here’s a quarterly report on the things that I’ve been doing as YALSA President!


  • Attended ALA Fall Exec meetings and participated in ALA strategic planning session.
  • Met with YALSA Exec Board members to discuss strategic planning, Midwinter preparation, and other governance issues.
  • Hosted Member Town Hall to explore the results of YALSA’s member survey.
  • Completed strategic appointments due to resignations.
  • Conducted YALSA’s Board September Conference Call.
  • Conducted YALSA’s Board December Conference Call.
  • With the YALSA Board, approved Amazing Audiobooks policy changes, as submitted by the Amazing Audibooks chair.

Outreach and Media:

  • Discussed YA book to movie trends and the role libraries play in promoting popular literature with “The Daily Circuit” radio program for Minnesota Public Radio.
  • Spoke with Multiversity Comics about graphic novels and comic books in libraries.
  • Attended New England Library Association Conference in Boxborough, MA.

Thank yous:

  • Thanks to all chairs for submitting their quarterly reports for the Board Standing Committees to review and discuss.
  • Thanks to all the members who attended the YA Literature Symposium in Austin, Texas.
  • An enormous thanks to Best Buy for their generous support of Teen tech Week 2015.
  • Thanks to all members who donated to YALSA’s Giving Tuesday efforts, and YALSA’s year-end appeal.


  • At the end of November, membership was at 5,203, an increase of 1.3% over last year.
  • In November, YALSA raised $125, and $1,931 for Giving Tuesday.
  • 491 symposium registrants, up from 488 in 2012.

Upcoming events:

  • Midwinter Meeting is rapidly approaching – Jan 29 through Feb 2. Will you be in Chicago? Check out the YALSA wiki for activities and happy hours.
  • Mark your calendars for the next YALSA Town Hall,, happening February 24th at 3 pm EST in Adobe Connect.
  • Planning for Teen Tech Week? The theme this year is “Libraries are for Making”.

About Chris Shoemaker

I'm a YALSA Past President. I blog about YA programming, technology instruction for people interested in teen services, and YALSA governance stuff. I like baking and dislike humidity.

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