Hi everyone!

If you had not had a chance to review, the ALA election results were announced!

Congratulations to all of those elected! Here are the final results for the YALSA elected positions:

  • YALSA President-elect: Amber Creger, 479 votes 100.00% Elected
  • YALSA Board of Director (2 positions): Ziba Pérez, 351 votes 36.87% Elected and Allie Stevens Gosselink, 210 votes 22.06% Elected
    • Heather Love Beverley, 204 21.43% 
    • Alicia Blowers, 187 19.64%
  • YALSA Division Councilor: Isaiah West, 470 votes 100.00% Elected
  • YALSA Recording Secretary: Kate Denier, 470 votes 100.00% Elected

In my last report I touched on YALSA being in transition. As I reflected on those who would be starting anew on the YALSA Board in July, it made me think more about this transition phase for YALSA. 

First we currently have limited staffing and our budget challenges for FY25 (September 2024-August 2025) will not alleviate this. We will continue to work as Alena Rivers, YALSA’s current Interim Executive Director and ALSC’s Executive Director for the foreseeable future. Our funding is sparse due to dwindling memberships (as can be seen across ALA) and YALSA’s lack of staffing the last couple of years has made it hard for there to be consistent enticing resources and benefits for current and new members. However, to remain proactive, the YALSA Board is in discussion regarding ALA’s plans to restructure membership dues and in this final quarter of the board cycle year, we will begin looking at how we can replace revenue streams lost. It’s a difficult challenge to have, as many ALA units are looking to do the same, but I know both Board Members and Staff are committed to meeting this challenge head on.

Second is how we work as volunteers with limited staffing. We are seeing many of our public facing initiatives needing to be reevaluated because we don’t have the staff hours or funding to continue them in the current state they are in because they were created when we had more access to resources. There are also online member tools and information that are woefully out of date and we are struggling to find the resources to update them (this includes the Teen Book Finder, the YALSA Handbook, and our toolkits). As we move forward in an era where we have less resources than before, how can the YALSA volunteers be empowered to make change? The one thing that I am thankful for is the YALSA Board and our YALSA volunteers that are identifying these issues and updates needed and offering YALSA leadership some great solutions. Special thanks go out to our YALSA Symposium Evaluation Task Force, YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Committee, YALSA Programming HQ Task Force, and the YALSA Board Strategic committee on Advocacy and the YALSA Board Strategic committee on Programming and Resources. They are responsible for the list below of our current public facing initiatives that the Board has passed motions to reevaluate in one way or another (linked are the board documents with further information). 

Teens’ Top Ten: Item #9 Teens’ Top Ten Information Document

TeenTober: Item #12 TeenTober Recommendation 

YALSA Symposium: Item #14 YALSA Symposium Evaluation 

YALSA Programming HQ: Item #16 Teen Programming HQ Recommendations 

Advocacy Toolkit Update: Item #18 YALSA Advocacy Toolkit Update Recommendation 

As your YALSA President, I have strived this year to continuously face these operations and funding challenges head on and find the solutions. Reflecting back, however, this means that I have had less time for more traditional President initiatives like advocacy and member engagement. So, my two main goals for the remainder of this year are to leave YALSA in a better state than when I started in July 2023 and to have a fantastic President’s program at ALA Annual in San Diego. I am confident that both of these goals are achievable with the support of YALSA members, leaders, volunteers, and staff! We have so many great efforts in place to make improvements to YALSA. I am excited to see the next generation of YALSA members step up and continue moving YALSA forward!

…and I cannot wait to share the details of my President’s Program with YALSA members soon!

Completed Activities

  • Onboarded our new Fiscal Officer, Caroline Aversano, due to a resignation. Caroline was on the YALSA Board as our Board Fellow and I am excited to see what she does as our Fiscal Officer. She will serve in this role until 6/30/2025 and will have the option to stand for election for the final year of the vacated three year term (7/1/2025-6/30/2026)
  • The YALSA Board reviewed the recommendations for the Teen Programming HQ site from the Teen Programming HQ Task Force. Due to additional options explored with the ALA Public Programs Office after the task force report was submitted, the YALSA Board amended the motion to continue the work of evaluating Teen Programming HQ options with a new task force of similar size, and if it’s possible, keeping 2 members from the current task force
  • The YALSA Board also voted to create a task force to plan for an update our current advocacy toolkit since it is out of date
  • President-Elect Garcia led the processes for the review of YALSA Member Award applications via a blind review by the YALSA Board and Programming committee. Announcements should be coming soon!

Ongoing Activities

  • Focus for staff and leadership is shifting to planning for various YALSA sessions and activities at the ALA Annual Conference in San Diego. This includes the Board led sessions of YALSA 301 and the YALSA Membership meeting. President-Elect Yvette Garcia, is also leading a small group to plan for a YALSA Social at ALA Annual. YALSA Staff are putting the finishing touches on the Printz ceremony and the YALSA Awards Celebration, a trial run for a newly designed celebration of the winners of our other YALSA book awards (Alex, Morris, Nonfiction, and Edwards awards). Once we have everything set we will publicize all YALSA activities at Annual in our eNews and on the YALSA Connect Space.
  • The Organization and Bylaws committee has sent YALSA Staff and President Seisser documentation for updating the YALSA Handbook. President Seisser will take this information and create a draft handbook that will be sent to staff for review and implementation. The plan is to keep this updated handbook in a format that will allow for easier sharing and updating (instead of a series of linked web pages on the YALSA website). No deadline has been set for the completion of this project as the scope is currently unknown–further planning is needed to determine the scope and we will need to know what the future of updating the YALSA web pages will look like after the ALA site migration. 

Respectfully summitted by Colleen Seisser, YALSA President 2023-24

Hi everyone!

I was going to write, “not much to report this month” but then I realized as I was pulling this report together that there was actually a lot going on this past month. I am reminded of what one of our Board Members mentioned recently when we were having preliminary discussions regarding YALSA activities for this year: there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that is not member-facing. In fact, it feels like that is the case for a majority of the work that is happening for YALSA right now–behind the scenes. 

I feel that this is often true when an organization is undergoing a transition. A lot of work is done to reestablish a foundation so that the solid footing returns for its volunteers or staff to begin again the activities and projects that benefit and are more engaging with the members or community.

As our YALSA staff and volunteers continue this work of establishing a new YALSA, one that is built on documentation and one that is more transparent and engaged with our members, it’s important to recognize and thank the volunteers who are working hard to help keep moving YALSA forward. One way we recognize our Volunteers is with our Volunteer of the Year Award. There are also many other YALSA member awards that we can use to recognize those who are contributing to YALSA and the fields of Teen Library Services. Check them out on our Awards, Grants, Stipends, and Scholarships webpage, and watch your YALSA eNews and YALSA Connect later this spring to see this year’s member award winners!

Completed Activities

  • The YALSA Board completed a review of this year’s strategic activities thus far. This was an offline discussion of which the summary has been captured in a board document here. It will be presented as an information document at our March meeting (guaranteeing the documentation is there for future boards to review). We are entering the last months of the current YALSA Strategic plan and due to the current state of YALSA and recent staff turnover, the YALSA Board will need to consider the viability of our current strategic plan and work with our Interim Executive Director, Alena Rivers, to determine what will guide us in regards to strategic activities starting July 2024.
  • At our February Board meeting, the YALSA Board reviewed the report from our Symposium Evaluation Task Force. The Board voted to return to a biennial Symposium, that the timing of the conference be moved from early November to a new date, to host a one-day virtual Symposium in the alternating year, and to conduct a trial run of the bi-annual conference as a hybrid event. These changes will be enacted with the 2025 YALSA Symposium. The document containing the Symposium task force’s report can be found here.
  • Additionally, at our February Board meeting, our YALSA Board members reviewed a report from the Division and Membership Promotion committee, from a focus group they conducted at the YALSA Symposium. The board document containing the report can be found here. The Board decided to take a month to discuss the priorities from the report that we need to address, and the YALSA Engagement and Membership Strategic Board Committee will take the Board’s discussion and create action items for a vote to address the identified priorities.
  • The YALSA Board Development Committee conducted interviews with all the members standing for election for YALSA. Please visit the YALSA Blog to read these interviews. A reminder that voting begins on March 11.

Ongoing Activities

  • Preparations are beginning for ALA Annual. Our Division and Membership Promotion Committee is planning the YALSA 101 session, for those new and prospective members of YALSA. The YALSA Board will also begin planning out Membership meeting and our 301 Session, which is for those YALSA members interested in leadership opportunities.
    • Staff are still working with YALSA leaders to determine what is possible for our Awards ceremonies for ALA Annual
    • The YALSA Presidential Initiatives Implementation Task Force has started reaching out to panelists for the program that centers on the Freedom to Read theme. 
  • Our Teen Programming HQ Task Force completed their report with recommendations to the YALSA Board for the future of the Teen Programming HQ website. It can no longer be supported in its current form and the YALSA Board will be reviewing the report and voting on actions proposed at our March Board meeting. You can view the YALSA board document containing the Task Force’s report here.
  • The YALSA Advocacy Board Strategic Committee has reviewed our current Advocacy toolkit and has found it to be outdated and in need of an update. At our March Board meeting, they will be presenting the creation of a task force to update the toolkit. The document containing this creation of a task force can be found here.

Respectfully submitted by Colleen Seisser, YALSA President

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.

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.

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.

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

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?
Isaiah West, Teen Services Specialist, Prince George’s (MD) County Memorial Library System

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
For nearly a decade, I’ve actively contributed to YALSA, serving on various committees and task forces. Committed to its growth, I’ve volunteered extensively to enhance its role as a premier teen services organization, expanding its reach to librarians nationwide. Transitioning from teaching middle school English to being a teen services librarian in 2014, I’ve devoted my career to empowering teens and fostering spaces for them to explore their passions and identities.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is in the middle of some growing pains. I aim to help usher in a new era, prioritizing consistency by updating policies and collaborating with ALA/YALSA staff. I’m eager to explore new studies and strategies to advocate for consistent teen services in our communities.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
I think the biggest issue YALSA faces today is consistency. Although we’ve made strides with top-notch research and publications, maintaining consistent strategic planning is imperative. By moving beyond rhetoric and embracing strategic foresight, we can tackle the decline in volunteers and memberships head-on.

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.

  • A note for the election of the YALSA Secretary Position: Kate stepped in as YALSA Secretary in the summer of 2023 due to a resignation, via YALSA Board appointment. The Secretary position is elected every three years, but according to YALSA bylaws, Article VIII Sec. 14, “Vacancies other than those provided for in these Bylaws shall be filled by the Board of Directors by appointment until the next annual election, at which time at least one candidate shall be nominated to fill each unexpired term.” With one year left in the three year term, Kate has graciously offered to complete the final year and stands for election this spring.

What is your name and current job position?

Kate Denier. Senior Branch Manager, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library- Harrison Branch

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

I have worked with teens in libraries for over 20 years in a variety of positions and have been an active YALSA member for 19 years. I participated on many committees/taskforces and have years of experience on YALSA’s Board of Directors. I have been an ex-officio member as Chair of the Financial Advancement Committee and of the Organization & Bylaws Committee. Most recently, I was YALSA’s Fiscal Officer and I am currently the Secretary.

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

Library workers are facing many challenges right now. It’s sometimes difficult to find the time and resources to do everything we want to do. As Secretary, I can help ensure YALSA Is providing useful, relevant, updated and timely resources. I want to help find new partners to expand our offerings and keep advocating for YALSA so we have the financial support to complete the items in our strategic plan.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?

Growing our membership is important. I want both members and non-members to see a place for themselves in YALSA and the value in membership. Beyond resources, participation in YALSA has brought so much to my career. Getting involved provides leadership opportunities, networking and a way to share your skills to help others. Growing our membership will help keep YALSA fiscally healthy so we can continue supporting teens and those who work with them.

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?
Amber Creger (she/hers), Youth Department Director, Schaumburg Township (IL) District Library

What best qualifies you for being on the YALSA Board of Directors?
My experiences as a Youth Services Manager, ALA Councilor, and Fiscal Officer of ALSC have given me a healthy understanding of how to collaborate and compromise with others, along with practical ALA institutional knowledge of how to get things done within the organization. For almost 20 years, I have been an active YALSA member and have served as chair on a number of process committees. I feel I’m an ideal well-round candidate for this position.

How do you envision furthering YALSA’s mission if elected to this position?
YALSA is currently in a state of flux and I plan to continue the work of our current President and President Elect to stabilize our division by advocating for more staff to provide support to our members and volunteers. Secure new avenues of funding that promote financial security to the division, and to continue to advocate for Teens and Teen services in our libraries.

What is the most pressing issue facing YALSA today?
YALSA member are passionate library workers, who know how to get things done. Unfortunately, our division, currently does not have a fully staffed office. I do appreciate all that ALSC’s ED Alena Rivers and her staff doing in this interim period, but it’s hard to move YALSA’s mission and vision forward without fulltime staff to support the work being carried out.

Hi everyone!

I will be keeping this report short and sweet since I am getting ready to take the 4.5 hour drive from the Chicago suburbs to St. Louis tomorrow for our 2023 YALSA Symposium! I cannot wait to see those of you attending the Symposium. I unfortunately have to cut my attendance short and will be leaving Saturday afternoon due to a death in my family. But I know the time that I will be there will be so great!

This year’s Symposium Planning & Marketing Task Force has done an incredible job of putting together a fantastic conference filled with so many learning and networking opportunities, as well as finding some awesome authors to attend as well! So much thanks goes out to the task force members: Amy Ojserkis (chair), Caroline Aversano, Heather Beverly, Asuncion Cora, Ginny Edwards, Meagan Looney, and Scot Smith.

A couple of other items to note:

Our Friends of YALSA Silent Auction is now accepting donations for the Silent Auction. If you have any unique teen services or YA Lit items that you would like to donate to the YALSA Silent Auction, please get in touch via our YALSA events email: yalsaevents@ala.org. Additionally, the Silent Auction will open November 24: You can start to bid on items on Friday, Nov. 24 at 12 pm Eastern. The Silent Auction will close on Friday, Dec. 1st at 9 pm Eastern.  You can find more information by following this link about donations: https://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2023/10/16/yalsas-silent-auction/ Then watch YALSA’s eNews and social media for the auction link when bidding opens.

We announced our Teen’s Top Ten List!! You can watch the video announcement using this link or see the full list here: 

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir. Razorbill

Five Survive by Holly Jackson. Electric Monkey

Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. Feiwel & Friends

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys. Penguin

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. Pig and Bear Publishing

Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes. Balzer + Bray

Gallant by VE Schwab. Greenwillow Books

Nothing More to Tell by Karen McManus. Delacorte Press

The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra. Disney

Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer. HarperTeen

I am happy and sad to announce that YALSA Membership Manager, Letitia Smith, retired November 1. She is still going to be around during our transition as we onboard a new Executive Director for advice and historical information sharing. I know so many of you have had the pleasure to work with Letitia. I can say that I have valued every minute of working with her and she was a bright spot for me during all my years volunteering for YALSA. I could go on and on about Letitia, but I know she would hate that, haha!

Finally, look for an announcement by ALA the week of November 13 for the new Executive Director of YALSA! I cannot wait until you all meet our new staff leader!

Completed Activities

  • Much of the work this month has been working on replacing volunteers and board members, as well as work for anticipated YALSA staffing changes. I am happy to report that as of this report, we are now working with a full board of directors. We have filled our vacant positions and resolved any ongoing participation issues. 
  • Another major part of my time this month has been working with staff and volunteers in preparation for the YALSA Symposium. 

Ongoing Activities

  • President-Elect Yvette Garcia and I have connected with the GNCRT and will be exploring possible collaboration opportunities in November. 
  • The YALSA Board is currently in the midst of a discussion about YALSA’s participation in the LibLearnX conference. We are still trying to find our place in the conference and how we can make it work with the Symposium happening only a couple of months before. I have also reached out to other Division Presidents for their input as well and how their Divisions are working to have a presence at LibLearnX. We likely won’t have anything to put in place for the 2024 LibLearnX conference but starting discussions now will put us in a good place for 2025.
  • Also, in progress is a discussion about ALA Annual and the different YALSA activities that we want to make sure are in place in addition to our fabulous member educational sessions. This discussion includes evaluating awards ceremonies and how we can move to celebrate all of our Book Awards, as well as making sure we schedule a membership meeting, President’s program, and YALSA Social.

Respectfully submitted by Colleen Seisser, YALSA President