Do you want your voice to be heard on a national level regarding Teens and Teen Library Services? Do you want a leadership position within YALSA? You should consider putting your name on the 2023 slate for YALSA Board!

The Board Development Committee is looking for dedicated, committed volunteers with the skills and desire to run for several board positions: President-Elect, Director-at-Large (2), and Fiscal Officer.

YALSA’s volunteer members are critical to who the organization is.  You can find out more about the responsibilities of President-Elect and Fiscal Officer here.  Information about the Director-at-Large position can be found here. These positions are elected by the membership for a three-year term. 

The Board Development Committee is looking for the most qualified individuals and broad representation. This includes a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. As the YALSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan states: the vision for YALSA is to be a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization which flourishes on the exchange of ideas from different perspectives. We believe the diversity of viewpoints that comes from different life experiences, identities, cultural backgrounds, and more enables YALSA to better achieve its mission, 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.. 

If you feel you have what it takes for one of these leadership roles, fill out the YALSA Governance Candidacy Form. The Board Development Committee reviews all the forms and looks for the best match of skills and background for the available positions. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact a member of the YALSA Board Development Committee; Amanda Rodriguez (, Valerie Tagoe (, Yolanda Hood (, Carla Land (, Jennifer Korn (, or Kelly Czarnecki (

YALSA’s 2012 Nominating Committee has finalized the 2012 Election Slate. Elections will take place March 19 to April 27 as part of the annual ALA Election. To vote in the YALSA election, your membership must be current as of Jan. 31, 2012. Coming to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting? Bring your election questions to Coffee with the Candidates, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Sunday, Jan. 22. Election results will be announced May 4.

After the jump, see the full slate

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YALSA has finalized its slate for the 2011 Election. Voting will open in March. The slate is as follows:

President Elect:
Mary Hastler
Jack Martin

Krista McKenzie
Sarajo Wentling

Fiscal Officer:
Jerene Battisti
Penny Johnson

Board of Directors:
Sandra Hughes-Hassell
Molly Krichten
Gail Tobin
Christian Zabriskie

Printz Award:
Naomi Bates
Louise Brueggemann
Meghan Cirrito
Sharon Grover
Heidi Hammond
Lexi Henshel
Sharon Rawlins
Sarah Bean Thompson

Edwards Award:
Shari Fesko
Angela Leeper
Barbara Moon
Charli Osborne
Ed Spicer
Jamie Watson

Excellence in Nonfiction:
Ruth Allen
Angela Frederick
Angie Manfredi
Judy Nelson
Maren Ostergard
Laura Pearle
Adela Peskorz
Jennifer Rothschild

Slate updated 12/15/10

YALSA has finalized its slate of candidates for the 2010 election. Thanks to Nominating Chair Paula Brehm-Heeger and her committee for her hard work. The full slate is posted after the jump or on the YALSA website. If you’re coming to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, YALSA will host a candidates’ forum, where you can ask questions of those running for office. Voting will begin March 16 and end April 23, concurrent with ALA’s election.

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Congratulations to everyone! The 2008 slate of candidates are here. The results of the newly elected are below and the rest of the elected leaders for ALA and Divisions can be found here.

President Elect
Linda Braun

Fiscal Officer
Mary Hastler

Francisca Goldsmith

Board of Directors
Ruth Cox Clark
Sandra Payne
Cindy Welch

Margaret A. Edwards Committee
Kathie Fitch
Cathy Lichtman
Mary Anne Nichols

Michael L. Printz Committee
Teri Lesesne
Jack Martin
Cheryl Karp Ward
Carlie Webber

The importance of these positions in YALSA for being advocates for teens, promoting access to information, and supporting each other as working with young adults, cannot be understated. For more information on the YALSA Election, visit the YALSA wiki here.

Free Image Hosting at YALSA candidates running for President elect, Secretary, Fiscal Officer, and Board member positions as well as those running for ALA President (to find out their take on YA issues), were recently audio or video recorded in order for YALSA members to get to know the candidates in other ways. Start with the introductory podcast to what the recordings are about and how they are organized. Don’t miss the podcasts of the ALA presidential candidates with their take on young adult issues here and here. The video casts can be found on Blip tv, specifically here.

Enjoy! If you’re interested in podcasting the candidates next year, new ideas and new people are always welcome.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki