Get ready to vote in this year’s YALSA election! To help you make informed decisions, we’re sharing interviews with each of the 2024 YALSA Governance candidates. Voting will take place from March 11 through April 3, 2024.

Serving three-year terms, YALSA Board members are responsible for jointly determining YALSA’s current and future programs, policies, and serving as liaisons to YALSA’s committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards. Members work year-round, and attend regular Board meetings. A full description of Board duties and responsibilities can be found here. You can learn more about ALA elections here.

What is your name and current job position?
Amber Creger (she/hers), Youth Department Director, Schaumburg Township (IL) District Library

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
My experiences as a Youth Services Manager, ALA Councilor, and Fiscal Officer of ALSC have given me a healthy understanding of how to collaborate and compromise with others, along with practical ALA institutional knowledge of how to get things done within the organization. For almost 20 years, I have been an active YALSA member and have served as chair on a number of process committees. I feel I’m an ideal well-round candidate for this position.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is currently in a state of flux and I plan to continue the work of our current President and President Elect to stabilize our division by advocating for more staff to provide support to our members and volunteers. Secure new avenues of funding that promote financial security to the division, and to continue to advocate for Teens and Teen services in our libraries.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
YALSA member are passionate library workers, who know how to get things done. Unfortunately, our division, currently does not have a fully staffed office. I do appreciate all that ALSC’s ED Alena Rivers and her staff doing in this interim period, but it’s hard to move YALSA’s mission and vision forward without fulltime staff to support the work being carried out.

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