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.
- 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.
- 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”.