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. Here is the next interview with this year’s Board Advocate, an ex-officio member of the board.

Photo of YALSA Board Advocate Siva Ramakrishnan, an ex-officio of the YALSA Board.
Board Advocate, Siva Ramakrishnan

Name: Siva Ramakrishnan

Title & Library: Director, Young Adult Programs & Services, The New York Public Library

Role on the Board: Board Advocate

Year on the Board: 1st year

What does YALSA mean to me?

SR: YALSA provides a caring community of practice for library workers across the country who serve teens.

What are your hopes for the future of teen services?

SR: I hope we continue to think expansively about what it means to serve teens through public libraries — that getting teens excited about reading will always be important — but so will things like supporting mental wellness, civic action, a first job, and the ability to relax in a safe environment.

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

SR: I served on YALSA’s Presidential Taskforce last year and loved it! It was an opportunity to dig into an aspect of teen service (last year was “social capital”), and organize webinars and a conference presentation designed to engage our colleagues.

What’s your ultimate comfort food?

SR: Spicy mac and cheese.

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

SR: Currently, I’m enjoying “Lovecraft Country”. “Lilith’s Brood” is a series I keep coming back to. 

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

SR: I’d raise sheep, dye my own yarn, and run a dosa cart someplace warm.

The Board Advocate is an ex-officio member of the YALSA Board and is appointed by the YALSA Board.  This position is for someone who works with teens but is not a YALSA member. If you know someone who might be interested in applying for the Board Advocate send their name to YALSA President, Franklin Escobedo at franklin.yalsa [@] gmail.com or YALSA President-Elect Colleen Seisser at cseisser [@] gmail.com.  Or if you’re a regular reader of the YALSA Blog and would like to apply, click here.

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