I can’t believe it’s already time for my first monthly president’s report! Tune in monthly to find out what I’ve been up to.   Most importantly, a huge thank you to the YALSA Board, staff, and members who made Annual 2016 great!

Here’s what I’ve been working on since then:


  • Appointments to the Edwards, Printz, and Nonfiction committees
  • Virtual online training for new board members
  • Assigned board mentors, board liaisons, and standing board committee members
  • Wrote column for Fall 2016 issue of YALS
  • Wrote YALSA Blog post on Presidential Initiative: Real Teens, Real Ready
  • Worked with YALSA board to appoint Nick Buron to fill Linda Braun’s vacancy as Fiscal Officer
  • Hosted first monthly chat with the YALSA Board to continue the work from Annual
  • Contacted YALSA’s IFLA rep to discuss what YALSA information should be shared with the group in August
  • Met with chair of presidential program task force to plan program activities
  • Voted for ALA Conference Committee representatives

Works in Progress

  • Appointing members to fill new Selection Committee Transition Task Force
  • Gathering applications for Member Manager for Teen Programming HQ 
  • Filling strategic committee vacancies as they become open
  • Appointing YALSA representatives to ALA groups
  • Preparing for YALSA’s YA Services Symposium & Fall Executive Committee meeting that will be held in Pittsburgh
  • Preparing for August 17th Member Town Hall
  • Reviewing the strategic committee task lists after they are turned in by August 15.

Media & Outreach

  • Interviewed by School Library Journal for upcoming article about peer tutoring
  • District Days email blast to members

Stats & Data

  • Membership for June: 5,076 (down 1.1% over this time last year)
  • Donations for June $1,451

Important Reminders

  • Last chance to take the YALSA member survey–it closes August 5!
  • Early bird registration rates for the YALSA YA Services Symposium Nov. 4-6, 2016, in Pittsburgh, ends on Sept. 15!
  • End of Summer Publication Sale! Certain publications on sale through Sept. 1!


  • All of our members for all that you do to support teens and teen library services in your communities
  • Candice Mack, YALSA’s Immediate Past President, for passing the torch and mentoring current President-Elect Sandra Hughes-Hassell
  • YALSA 2016 ALA Annual Local Arrangements Committee for a terrific job coordinating travel tips and info and local YALSA events in Orlando
  • YALSA Board for your hard work and dedication
  • YALSA staff for making ALA Annual run smoothly, and helping to lead the charge for YALSA to meet the goals in our new organizational plan

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Hill, YALSA President


About Sarah Hill

Sarah is the Information Services Librarian at Lake Land College, a rural community college in Illinois. She is happily serving as YALSA Immediate Past President. You can follow her on Twitter at @glibrarian.

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