Be our next Liaison to ALA! YALSA is seeking a member to serve as liaison to ALA groups for a one-year term from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

The role of YALSA’s ALA Liaison is to strengthen ties between YALSA and ALA by sharing information between groups and representing YALSA’s interests to ALA. This position would liaise with the following ALA groups both virtually and in person at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference:

  • ASCLA Accessibility Assembly
  • Conference Program Coordinating Team
  • Freedom to Read Foundation
  • Intellectual Freedom Committee
  • Legislation Assembly
  • Literacy Assembly
  • Professional Ethics Committee
  • Website Advisory Committee


Those interested in serving as Liaison should have:

  • Current personal membership in YALSA
  • Ability to attend 8 – 10 ALA committee meetings at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference
  • Ability to attend virtual ALA committee meetings
  • In order to accomplish work in a virtual environment the Liaison must be competent users of digital tools, including but not limited to wikis, e-chats, Skype, Google docs, and Zoom
  • Prior experience serving on a YALSA or ALA committee, and/or the YALSA Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of ALA and YALSA processes
  • Passion for YALSA’s mission
  • Knowledge of current YALSA initiatives, programs, and services
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to speak and write clearly
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Enough free time to dedicate to the extensive demands of this position
  • High degree of ethical standards
  • Minimal other concurrent responsibilities, committee work, affiliations, leadership positions, appointments, etc. within YALSA or with other organizations

If there’s financial need, up to $1,000 in funds total can be provided to the liaison to defray the cost of attending the 2020 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The term of the Liaison’s appointment is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. For more information or to apply by April 1, visit YALSA’s web site.

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