Ever wanted to get to know the YALSA Board of Directors more? Here’s your chance! All month long, we’ll be posting fun mini-interviews with each board member so you can get to know them a little better. 

Photo of YALSA Director-at-Large Melissa Malanuk
Melissa Malanuk, YALSA Director-At-Large

Name:  Melissa Malanuk

Title & Library:  Coordinator of Teen Services, Queens Public Library 

Role on the Board: Director-At-Large 

Year on the Board: 1st year

What does YALSA mean to me? 

MM: To me, YALSA means community and support.  Library staff that works with teens often feel like outliers or isolated. YALSA helps to connect us in our shared passion for working with teens.

What are your hopes for the future of teen services? 

MM: Teens lost a lot of learning during the pandemic, both academic and social/ emotional.  My hope for the future of teen services is to provide teens with opportunities to build skills in a fun and engaging way, and to connect teens to needed resources and support.

What is your favorite YALSA Committee or Committee that would love to be on again?

MM: I’ve served on a lot of YALSA committees, but my favorite was the Morris committee.  I loved celebrating new YA authors. 

What’s your ultimate comfort food? 

MM:  Pizza!

What TV show or Movie do you watch on repeat? Or a book that you love reading when you’re in between new books? 

MM: I have a habit of watching episodes of New Girl when I don’t know what I want to watch.

What would you do or where would you go if you won the lotto?   

MM: If I won the lotto I would travel around the world starting with a trip to Europe.

Want to run for YALSA Board?  We’re looking for candidates for the 2024 ALA Election. If you will be at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer join us at YALSA 301 to learn more about YALSA Governance. Want to find out what the responsibility of the YALSA Director-At-Large is find it in the YALSA Handbook, here.   If you’ve been thinking about it why not fill out the nomination form today? Just click here.

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