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?
My name is Ziba Pérez and my pronouns are she/her/ella. I am the Young Adult Librarian for the Palisades Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system.

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
What best qualifies me for being on the YALSA Board of Directors is that I’ve been attending YALSA Board of Directors meetings consistently for the past two years as YALSA’s Liaison to ALA so I know what the board has been up to recently and am ready to jump into action!

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
If elected to this position I envision furthering YALSA’s mission by making sure our voice is heard at every table. Through networking, advocacy, and professional development, the Young Adult Library Services Association empowers all those involved in the profession to provide equitable, diverse and inclusive teen services.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
The most pressing issue facing YALSA today is advocacy. We are the Young Adult Library Services Association and we need to advocate for the Young Adults in our community by advocating for our services in every middle school, high school and public library out there! We need to bring back the enthusiasm and visibility from our nineties: 

“YALSA continued to be proactive and an agent of change, preserving and promoting a dynamic young adult services presence in ALA.” -YALSA (1992-2000) https://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/yalsahandbook/yalsahistory

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