This week YALSA Board members are discussing their experience serving on the Board. This post is one in that series.

This podcast is the final post in YALSA’s Life on the YALSA Board series. In this audio you’ll hear YALSA Director Sara Ryan, Fiscal Officer Mary Hastler, Secretary Francisca Goldsmith, and Immediate Past President Sarah Debraski discuss what it’s like to serve on the YALSA Board, the work that they do, the time that it takes, and why it’s a worthwhile experience.

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In these podcasts, Matt Moffett interviews Molly Raphael and Sara Kelly Johns on their campaigns for ALA President. Raphael and Johns, both YALSA members, share their experience, strategies, and campaign platforms.

ALA members in good standing as of 1/31 should have received an automated email verification regarding the election. Polls open on March 16. For more information on ALA elections, including a schedule and the full slate of candidates for all offices, please visit the ALA website.

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My name is Debbie Fisher and I work at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island.’  I began working with students in the high school to create podcasts.’  Two’  English teachers- Deloris Grant and Alicia Migliore’  work with students to write book reviews based on a template we developed last year.’  We ask students to review the book (reminding them- no spoilers),’  explain what the student’  enjoyed about the book and/or who they would recommend read the book.’  They also select a short quote from the book’  and explain why the quote is meaningful.’  The students must also create connections to the book (such as text to text, text to self or text to world).’  Another group of students’  discussed the issue of violence and this coordinated with a celebration called’  A Day of Peace.

One teacher of English Language Learners- Michael Paul- also worked with me on podcasts. ‘  His students’  discussed issues facing teens today.’  Many of the ELL students were too shy to actually do the recording, so they had to be coached on public speaking. ‘  Once the students completed their writing, they came to the library.

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In this podcast, Kelly Czarnecki interviews Jamie Watson to talk about the Midwinter Institute. Jamie offers some insight on the development of the day’s programming and thoughts for librarians who fear they don’t have access to adequate technology to participate.

Libraries 3.0: Teen Edition will be held January 15th from 9:00 to 4:30. For more information and instructions for registering, visit the YALSA wiki.

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In this podcast, YALSA Communications Specialist Stephanie Kuenn talks to the rest of YALSA’s staff about their work and how they serve members. Listen to interviews with:

  • Beth Yoke, executive director;
  • Letitia Smith, membership coordinator;
  • Eve Gaus, program officer for continuing education;
  • Nichole Gilbert, program officer for events and conferences; and
  • Stevie Kuenn, communications specialist.

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In this YALSA Podcast,’  Seattle librarian Laurie Amster-Burton, a 2009 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant recipient,’  shares her experience at ALA Annual, including attending events, going to the exhibits, meeting teens and other YALSA members, and more.

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In addition to the Baker & Taylor grants, YALSA gives more than $40,000 in grants and awards to its members each year. Learn more and apply by Dec. 1 at www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants.

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I was driving down the FDR into NYC listening to the Buzz Out Loud podcast and feeling frustrated about the traffic. All of a sudden the podcast hosts read an email from a listener who asked fellow Buzz Out Loud listeners to rally around the Philadelphia libraries to help guarantee that the main library and branches would not be shut down permanently. The email spurred a conversation about libraries amongst the three hosts of the podcast and all of a sudden my frustration turned from being focused on the traffic to being focused on the hosts. I started yelling, out loud, in the car – where I was all by myself – at the hosts. Read More →

In this podcast, Best Books for Young Adults Chair Summer Hayes talks about the importance of the BBYA Teen Session, held at Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. Afterwards, listen to teens talk about their favorite nominees for the 2010 list at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference BBYA Teen Session.

See the full nomination list online at the BBYA webpage. Thanks to YALSA intern Thiru Selvanagayam for creating this podcast.

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