Have you ever benefited from YALSA grants or awards? How would you like to be recognized if you did win a YALSA scholarship or award? Want to help YALSA raise funds to support leadership initiatives for members? Then we need your help! I’m accepting volunteer forms for three new taskforces that were established by the Board last week–Leadership Fundraising, Member Achievements Recognition, and Member Grants and Awards Evaluation taskforces.  Volunteer now through Feb. 15! Please email me with any questions and read on to learn more about the volunteer opportunities.

Leadership Fundraising Taskforce:  Develop and implement a year-long fundraising effort to raise $20,000 to support YALSA leadership initiatives, including marketing, fundraising, and donor recognition. Submit a draft fundraising plan to the board by April 1, 2017.  Upon plan approval, work year-round with staff to create and implement virtual fundraising campaigns and fundraising efforts at conferences, aimed at both individuals (members and nonmembers), and organizations.  Coordinate efforts with FAC so as not to overlap or compete with their work.  Size: 7 virtual members, including the chair. Term: March 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.  See this board document for more information.  

Member Achievements Recognition Taskforce: Examine successful practices from the association community, and gather and use YALSA member feedback (including feedback from past award winners) to determine the most desirable and appropriate method(s) for recognizing member award winners, including the feasibility of an award event at an ALA conference or YALSA’s symposium.  Submit a recommendation to the board for consideration at their June 2017 meeting.  Composition: 5-7 virtual members, including those who’ve previously won a YALSA award.  Length of term: March 2017-June 2017. See this board document for more information. 

Member Grants and Awards Evaluation Taskforce: The taskforce will evaluate YALSA’s existing portfolio of grants, scholarships, stipends and awards to 1) determine their alignment with the Organizational Plan; 2) identify any gaps; and 3) submit a report to the board recommending any changes, if warranted, along with a rationale, by no later than May 23, 2017.  Composition: 5-7 virtual members who are previous chairs and members from juries as well as individuals who are knowledgeable about the 2016 Organizational Plan and its goals.  Length of term: March 2017-June 2017. See this board document for more information. 

Volunteer now through Feb. 15!

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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