Hello, Colleagues-

The YALSA Board of Directors is headed to New Orleans for ALA’s 2018 Annual Meeting!

The agenda and related documents for our meetings are posted here.

Please feel free to attend our Board meetings on Saturday from 1:00-5:00 and/or on Sunday from 4:30-5:30. All of our meetings will be held in the Convention Center, room 212. YALSA adheres to an open board meeting policy which means we welcome all conference attendees and their contributions with the same respect afforded to fellow board members as detailed in this document.  Visitors to the board meeting are encouraged to share information and ask questions during the Open Forum part of the meeting, which is always the first item at the meeting.  To learn more about how in-person board meetings function and what to expect, visit the wiki.

YALSA Board members are currently using the YALSAblog to share more information about proposals that will be discussed at Annual. If you want to learn more about what the Board will be considering at Annual, this is a good place to start.

Make sure to check out YALSA at ALA’s 2018 Annual Meeting wiki page to find out about all the events YALSA is hosting in New Orleans. Come learn, network, and enjoy all New Orleans has to offer with other YALSA members and supporters.

Finally, on Monday please plan to attend my YALSA President’s program and our YALSA membership meeting from 10:30am-12pm in the Convention Center, room 265-268. The membership meeting will be held from 10:30-11:00; the president’s program will begin at 11:00. The President’s program, Supporting Youth Activism in your Library, will feature Gabbie Barnes, YOUmedia Manager and Teen Services Librarian at Hartford Public Library (CT), Jose Cruz, Middle School Services Librarian at Oak Park Public Library (IL), and Julie Stivers, School Librarian at Mount Vernon Middle (NC) sharing innovative, teen-centered programs that foreground social justice and emphasize the development of teens’ knowledge and abilities to engage in advocacy and community engagement.

Safe travels to those of you coming to New Orleans. If you can’t be there in person, make sure to follow #alaac18  and @yalsa on Twitter.

As always, thanks for what you do for YALSA and for teens!

Sandra Hughes-Hassell
YALSA President 2017-2018

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