Many associations function through the work of volunteer members. YALSA is one of these associations, and every year YALSA, with its thousands of members, looks for dedicated folks to run for various elected positions on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Who finds these candidates? YALSA has a Board Development Committee made up of five dedicated professionals: the previous immediate past president and four involved members.

Each year specific positions are available and each opening  has specific requirements based on the description of it and current makeup of the Board. In our quest to find a perfect match for each slot, we look for diversity…in its broadest sense: gender, location, type of library worked/works in, years in the profession, areas of specific expertise, and previous experience. It is this mix on the board that allows YALSA to attract new members and retain long term ones, all the while making sure we are innovative, educational, professional and fun. Because YALSA’s Board of Directors has recently adopted a new Strategic Plan, this is a perfect time to become involved!

Our deadline is to have a slate of candidates who will appear on the Spring 2022 ballot to present to the YALSA Board for approval by the end of October. Our process is to review all volunteer forms that have been submitted and review the requirements for each available slot. We are currently looking for several Board positions including Director-at-Large, Secretary and President-Elect.

For more information on the responsibilities of each role on the Board, please visit the Governance page which includes some handy FAQs to help get you started.

Are you interested, a current member, and ready to put your name forward? Please submit the online nomination form by September 10, 2021.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


Todd Krueger, Board Development Committee Chair, on behalf of the Board Development Committee

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