Thank you to all the YALSA members-some who are Chairs and committee or task force members that attended the virtual 2022 YALSA Virtual Winter meeting on Saturday January 15.

The agenda and documents -consent, discussion and information-can be found here. YALSA staff submit their reports and then various member positions within YALSA contribute theirs as well. The reports give insight as to the work the organization has done since July 1.

To recap the discussion items of the meeting-of which the board documents are also linked on the YALSA Board Agendas, Documents, and Minutes page. The Board approved the Chinese American Reading Lists proposed by the CALA/YALSA joint Taskforce. This will be an exciting enrichment to CALA’s 50th anniversary in March 2023! The Board is grateful for the work of the Committee in putting together this information. We also discussed proposed policy updates that were submitted from the Amazing Audiobooks and Quickpicks Committees. They worked on incorporating the YALSA EDI statement which is great! There are a few changes to be made to the documents for the Board to approve the changes. We’re grateful for the hard work that was put into these Board documents as well.

Our next Board Meeting will be at ALA Annual in Washington D.C.! (Registration opens in February!)

If you’re a YALSA member you’ve likely gotten the information through YALSA E-News or your email that the YALSA Board will be meeting this Saturday 1/15 for Board Meeting I and II. Please register via the information that you were sent and we look forward to having you in attendance!

If you’re not yet a member but want to attend the meeting, now is a great time to join today! It is a great space to see if you’re interested in taking a future role with governance. We will provide a recap here on the blog about what was discussed. The agenda is online here. There are several documents brought forth by the hardworking committees including suggested policy updates for Amazing Audiobooks and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. The Board will also be discussing developing reading lists featuring Chinese American writers/characters in order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese American Librarians Association.

Just a note that the YALSA Board has more flexibility of when to meet as you’ll notice we’re not meeting during LibLearnX which will take place the following weekend.