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?
Hi! I’m Alicia Blowers (she/her)! For the last 15 years I have had the immense pleasure of serving as the Middle School Librarian and ES-12 Library Department Chair at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. I also volunteer as a member of the Capitol Choices board and have been a part of that amazing organization of librarians, booksellers and other awesome KidLit people since 2009.

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
I have been a YALSA member since I was a baby librarian and have had the honor of serving on a host of different committees over the past decade and a half, so I feel like I know the priorities and ins and outs of the organization, but also have developed relationships with the people who make YALSA such a great organization. My daily work with teens, connections with YALSA members, and connections with librarians who serve teens and young people but aren’t current members gives me a broad base from which to draw my understanding of the needs of librarians serving young people.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is at a critical moment where some really big and important decisions about the future of the organization need to be made. I want to ensure that the various voices of those serving teens and young adults are carefully considered. The key is always putting our members, and the teens and young people they serve as our highest priority.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
YALSA exists for the benefit of its members and has done great work in providing resources and support around DEI topics, book challenges and other threats to our freedom to read. We have a reputation for offering quality professional development and resources. Like many member organizations in these post-pandemic times, we have to figure out the best way to continue to support our members (and potential members!) in their work. I don’t know exactly what this evolution will look like. I have a hunch it may be looking at our organizational structure and offerings and reconfiguring to streamline our services.

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