YALSA is seeking personal members who are interested in representing YALSA on the following:

  1. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Section on Libraries for Children & Young Adults
  2. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Section on Literacy & Reading

One representative for each section will be selected by the ALA Executive Board and recommended to IFLA to serve a four-year term from 2019-2023.  YALSA personal members who are interested in representing YALSA on either section must submit their resumes to YALSA at yalsa@ala.org no later than September 1, 2018.  Please be sure to put IFLA Applicant in the subject line and in your email message indicate what section you’re interested in serving on.


The applicant must:

  • Be a  current YALSA member
  • Be an expert in the field covered by the section
  • Be knowledgeable about YALSA positions, guidelines, resources and services that support the section you’d like to represent
  • Be fluent in at least one working language of IFLA (English is an IFLA working language)
  • Attend all IFLA conferences during their term of appointment.  Expenses to attend IFLA meetings/conferences are the responsibility of the individual or their institution.  Future conference locations are listed on the IFLA site.  IFLA, ALA and YALSA do not provide financial support.
  • Serve actively as a liaison between the IFLA Section and YALSA’s Board of Directors. Keeping both groups informed about each other’s work and seeking opportunities for collaboration

The ALA Executive Board requires that suggestions for nominations be accompanied by a resume.  If appointed, IFLA also requires that the following be provided:

  • An indication of acceptance of the nomination by the individual
  • A short statement detailing the nominee’s qualifications and indication of present position
  • Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements


  • Sept. 1, 2018 deadline to submit resume to YALSA for consideration
  • Sept. 2 – Oct. 1, 2018 YALSA’s Board of Directors vets and selects one applicant to recommend to the ALA Executive Board for appointment to each IFLA section
  • Week of Oct. 8, 2018: YALSA notifies applicants as to the status of their application
  • Jan. 2019: ALA Executive Board Meets to consider recommendation
  • Feb. 2019, YALSA notifies applicants of ALA Executive Board’s decision
  • March – April 2019, election by ballot for IFLA section standing committees that have more candidates than open positions
  • May 2019, election results announced
  • Aug. 2019, appointees represent YALSA at IFLA conference in Athens, Greece

To learn more about IFLA go to www.ifla.org.  Questions about YALSA applications can be directed yalsa@ala.org.

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