The Young Adult Services Division (YASD), formed in 1957, changed its name to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) .
"The Young Adult Services Division (YASD), formed in 1957, changed its name in 1992 and became known as the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). YALSA gained greater recognition with its new name, image, identity, and logo. Mission and vision statements were developed, and serve as a guide for YALSA's activities as well as providing direction for programs and services. The vision statement served as a model for other ALA divisions. (See the vision statement online.)
YALSA continued to be proactive and an agent of change, preserving and promoting a dynamic young adult services presence in ALA. Presidential leadership focused the division's strategic plan with emphasis in three areas: advocacy, coalition building, and equity of access (ACE). From 1994, presidents identified themes for their terms of service which reflected their commitments to the ACE triad. The Board of Directors (BOD) provided impetus and leadership to produce an astounding array of accomplishments as a single entity and in concert with other ALA units such as ALSC, and AASL, to name a few. Publications were prolific in this eight-year period. Book lists were introduced and continued. A speaker/consultant resource directory was created and continually updated. Committees were formed, renamed, and disbanded." Read more from YALSA
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