October 2013 President’s Report

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens.

Activities

  • With the YALSA Executive Board and Beth Yoke, met with ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels and YALSA’s liaison to the ALA Executive Board, Rob Banks, to discuss current challenges, possible solutions, and strategies for working more closely with ALA and division colleagues.
  • Authored a column for the Winter issue of YALS.
  • Led YALSA Executive Board meetings during ALA Fall Exec.
  • Worked with Beth Yoke to plan a facilitated session with the YALSA Executive Board on organizational mission. Thanks to Davidoff Communications for leading an engaging discussion.
  • Participated in the annual Division Leadership session at ALA Fall Exec.
  • Met with leaders from AASL to discuss current initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • Held a discussion and called a vote with the YALSA Board to decide upon a location for the 2015 Young Adult Literature Symposium. Portland, Oregon, you’re next!
  • Discussed Teen Read Week and the importance of YA Literature with reporter Ashley Strickland at CNN.com.

Updates

  • There’s an award or grant for every YALSA member and the deadline is approaching fast! Be sure to visit this page for more information and submit your form by December 1st.
  • Giving Tuesday is right around the corner! To learn more about how you can support your colleagues in ensuring that libraries remain awesome for teens, check out our giving page.
  • The dust is settling on fall appointments, are you still looking for ways to get more involved? YALSA has a plethora of ideas to suit your talents.
  • YALSA wants to collect stories to better communicate the amazing work that you do to support, educate, and entertain teens! Submit YOURstory or sent YALSA a tweet with hashtag #yadvocacy.
  • Best Buy has stepped up to partner with YALSA on Teen Tech Week 2014! Join the TTW Ning for updates and great member-driven ideas and resources.
  • Congrats to the winners of this year’s Teens Top Ten and thanks to the hard-working TT book groups for creating a fantastic nomination list.

Gratitude

  • Thank you to the YALSA Executive Board and Executive Director for meaty discussions, thought provoking ideas, and altogether too much fun at the ALA Executive meetings.
  • Thanks to those that provided feedback on the Future of Teens and Libraries white paper. Haven’t seen it yet? The draft is still available.
  • Three cheers to Chris Shoemaker, Candice Mack, Beth Yoke, Lalitha Nataraj, and Allison Tran for enthusiastically helping out at the California Library Association’s YALSA booth.
  • Thanks to Monique Delatte Starkey and Sarah Flowers for fantabulous webinars! Weren’t able to attend? Check out the YALSA E-Learning Library for free on-demand training.
  • Thanks to our friends at AASL for making time during a busy meeting schedule to’  chat.
  • Mega props to Courtney Lewis and the Teen Read Week committee for fabulous planning and implementation of TRW 2013!

YALSA membership for September 2013 stood at 5,113 (down 1.2% from that month in 2012)

Donations for September: $260

 

 


September 2013 President’s Report

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national organization of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve, and empower teens.

Activities

  • Worked with the Board to appoint current YALSA Legislation Chair and past Popular Paperbacks Chair Jennifer Korn to fill an unexpected Board vacancy through June 2014. Many thanks to Jennifer for agreeing to lend her talents to the association in this capacity.

  • Continued to appoint members to serve on various taskforces and committees and finalized the rosters of others. Many thanks to incoming taskforce Chairs Mary Anne Nichols (Student Engagement), Erica Compton (Maker Spaces), and Sara Ryan (Administrator Resources) for valiantly agreeing to serve on these newly formed groups. Read More →

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

  • Held a conference call with Ritchie Momon of the Road Trip Taskforce and Elizabeth Hanisian of the State Association Outreach Taskforce about the Board decision at the Annual conference to merge those two groups into one superdynamo. Many thanks to both Elizabeth and Ritchie for their dedication to’ helping move’ these important member engagement opportunities forward. Be on the lookout for a YALSA presence at a state conference near you!’ And in the meantime, why not’ use these free materials to share information and organize a meetup’ in your own area?

  • Appointed members to serve on vacated committee positions and newly formed taskforces on’  MakerSpaces, Professional Values, Administrator Resources, and Student Member Engagement.’  There are still several slots available, feel free to let me know if you’  have the time and inclination.

  • Finalized a list of’  amazing YALSA members to serve as representatives to seventeen ALA committees and assemblies.

  • With YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke, finalized agendas and documents for the August Board Conference Call.’  The bulk of this call is to discuss Chair reports and’  assess’  progress of the annual task list.‘  Read More →

Several times during my presidential year, I’ll be asking the YALSA Board to join me in participating in chats with you, our 5,000+ members. My hope is that these sessions will provide you with an opportunity to get to know your elected leaders and the background behind the decisions that they make, as well as an opportunity for the Board to really dig into shared issues that we are dealing with in libraries throughout the country. So pull up a virtual chair, let’s chat.

The first session will take place Wednesday, October 2nd from 2-3 EST via YALSA’s Adobe Connect space. We’ll be talking about pathways to leadership within the organization and the ways in which skills that have been built through YALSA have contributed to our everyday work lives. But, we also need to hear from you! How has YALSA built your capacity to better serve teens? Why does being a member matter and what brought you to the table in the first place? What could we do even better?

If you are unable to participate during this date and time, feel free to share thoughts in the comment box below or email me at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.

I look forward to connecting with you.

Mission: The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.


I’m one month into my term and I remain as awestruck and invigorated as ever by the energy and talent of YALSA members and staff. ‘ It’s been a flurry of a month! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Continuation of tasks from the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, such as sharing out board decisions to various committees and members.
  • Planned an August Board follow-up discussion/conference call from the YALSA Annual Membership meeting on member needs related to “best practices.”
  • Held conference calls with the Executive Director and several Committee Chairs to discuss timelines, changes, and future projects.
  • Planned and implemented a new Board member orientation follow-up discussion and training.
  • Created an agenda for a conference call with the YALSA Past President, Jack Martin and President Elect, Chris Shoemaker.
  • Worked with AASL President Gail Dickinson and ALSC President Starr LaTronica to finalize a charge for an interdivisional committee on School/Workforce Readiness. Read More →

Wowsers is right, the ALA Annual meeting was an action-packed few days for the YALSA Board. Several Board members will be sharing background and information on select proposals that were brought forth over the course of the next few weeks, so please stay tuned. Obviously I’m a bit of a governance nerd myself, but I hope you’ll find that the processes and paths that the Board follows to come to these decisions are almost as thoughtful and interesting as the results themselves. I said it once and I’ll say it again: your YALSA Board volunteers are awesomesauce.

Part of my follow-up over the course of the next few months will be to madly appoint to some amazing new taskforces. Either as a newer member looking for a way to get more involved or as a seasoned vet ready to share your expertise, this could be you! Check out the taskforce descriptions below and if interested, please fill out a volunteer form.’ ‘ The more information you can give me related to the group(s) that you’re interested in serving on, the easier it will be for me to place you. And remember, if you aren’t selected in this round of taskforce appointments, President-Elect Chris Shoemaker will soon be perusing selection committee volunteer forms which are due September 30th.’ ‘ Thanks for considering!
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Hello YALSA land,

It’s been an exciting year getting to know more of you through the appointments process and I’m thrilled, honored, and to be frank, in a little disbelief that I will begin my term as your President on July 1st. Did you know that the incoming President actually gets a gavel? I can’t wait to cross-purpose it at Teen Advisory Board meetings.

Current President Jack Martin’s theme of Connect, Create, Collaborate has led to exciting partnerships, rich discussions, and forward thinking ideas about what it means to serve teens in the 21st century. I hope to carry some of that amazing momentum forward into my term with a theme which will focus solely on something that I know I’ve struggled with as a librarian, advocacy and activism.

I’ve been lucky enough to schedule some time with a few of YALSA’s advocacy experts (Heather Gruenthal, Jenna Nemec Loise, and Linda W. Braun) via the Google Hangout below to share the story of their respective journeys to becoming successful youth advocates and to inspire us, wherever we may be in our own.

According to the most recent PLDS survey, there was an almost 20% drop in the number of full-time staff dedicated to teen services in public libraries in the past four years. There was also an almost 7% drop in the number of school librarians from 2004-2011. We all know, deep into our cores, that teens need libraries and the holistic range of programs and services that teen librarians provide. A 20% and 7% drop? Read More →

There’s a YALSA initiative that tends to regularly bubble up in conversation with notable nostalgia and fondness: the 2008 YALSA Road Trip. Well, fear not dear members, I’m happy to report that it’s back. With 2013 sensibilities.

The YALSA Board voted unanimously at the Mdiwinter meeting to create a taskforce that will identify ten state or regional public and school library conferences to visit in the next year. Once identified, the task force will recruit local YALSA members to staff a booth, present a program, and/or host a suitably YALSA-tastic event armed with a toolkit packed with suggestions, guidelines, and strategies.
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As President-elect I’ll be making appointments to YALSA’s *virtual* juries and process committees in the very near future. Help move the organization forward, learn something new, and work with amazing people by serving on one of these:

Books for Teens Jury
BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant Jury
Conference Travel Scholarships Jury
Frances Henne/VOYA/YALSA Research Grant Jury
Great Books Giveaway Jury
MAE Award for Best’ Literature Program for Teens
Continuing Education Advisory Board
Division and Membership Promotion
Editorial Advisory Board
Executive Committee
The Hub Advisory Board
Financial Advancement
Joint School/Public Library Cooperation
Legislation
Annual Conference Marketing (Las Vegas, 2014)
Nominating
Organization and Bylaws (conference travel is required)
Publications Advisory Board
Research
Research Journal Advisory Board
Strategic Planning (conference travel is required)
Teen Read Week
Teen Tech Week
Teens’Top Ten
Website Advisory’ 

Not sure which one to volunteer for? Just fill our the volunteer form as completely as possible and I’ll do my best to find the right fit for you. Appointments will be made through March. Questions? You can find me at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.’  Please note: book award & selection committee appointments are made in the fall, and the volunteer form for those will not open until June.
Thanks!

Each spring, the YALSA President-elect appoints members to serve on process committees and juries. These groups are the backbone of the organization, making sure that core initiatives like Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week happen in a suitably dynamic YALSA fashion and select recipients of awards and grants. They also find ways to engage new members, support our amazing blogs, plan conference programs, maintain our wikis, and implement genius plans to support the organization, its members, and initiatives financially. ‘ And… much much much more.

In my own experience, these groups provide a perfect opportunity to get your feet wet, learn something new about the division, develop your professional chops, and of course, work with genuinely awesome people. Plus, they’re entirely virtual, so conference travel (though welcomed) is not mandatory. ‘ Volunteer forms will be collected through the beginning of February and appointments will be made in March. A list of committees and juries as well as the volunteer form, can be found here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/yalsacommittee.

Please feel free to get in touch with current Chairs with questions http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/committees/committeechair or contact me at shannon.peterson@gmail.com.

Thanks, and I look forward to serving with you!