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?

Heather Love Beverley (she/her), Assistant Manager of Children’s Services at Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville/Vernon Hills, Illinois

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?

I have been a member of YALSA for 12+ years, and in that time I have served on numerous process, selection, and award committees. My tenure on these various committees have given me an excellent grasp of the breadth of work and support that YALSA does and provides, the skills to collaborate and create with YALSA members across the country, and endless inspiration and appreciation for the work we do with teens as library professionals.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?

YALSA’s mission to empower all those in the profession to provide equitable, diverse and inclusive teen services is one that has become increasingly vital in today’s troubling climate, where vital library services for teens are being threatened. If elected, I would work towards helping YALSA create and maintain the tools and support necessary to stand firm against hostile environments that threaten vital services to our teens.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

The most pressing issue facing YALSA today is navigating providing a safe and welcoming environment for teens while being immersed in an increasingly hostile climate. Threats against library books and services are increasing at an unprecedented rate, yet these very things are what teens need access to more than ever. We need to continue to develop the tools and support to push against those threats so we can still be the safe space teens need.

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