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?

Allie Stevens Gosselink (she/her), Director, Calhoun County (AR) Library

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

Since my first YALSA conference in 2014, I have volunteered many hundreds of hours to the organization. I am a past member of the Bylaws and Organization committee, have served on three (and chaired two) selected lists, am currently serving as co-chair of the Awards and Selected Lists Oversight Committee, and have held several other roles within the organization. Along with service to YALSA, I have gained governing and leadership experience through both ARSL and the Arkansas Library Association.

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

I plan to further YALSA’s mission by advocating for clear communication with all members and prioritizing organizational consistency. I hope to build on the work of previous board members to make decisions in the best interest of the sustainability of the organization rather than historical precedent, and to work toward ways to protect the institutional knowledge frequently lost when committees turn over.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

The most pressing issue facing YALSA is borne of the increase in challenges and adversity surrounding our collections. YALSA’s members need support from the organization, as well as consistency and clear communication from its leadership, now more than ever as we navigate providing equitable and inclusive services to our teen patrons in the face of a changing cultural landscape.

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