Watanabe chosen as YALSA’s 2018 Board Fellow

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/06/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has chosen Josie Watanabe, Formal Learning Librarian at the Seattle (Washington) Public Library as their 2018 Board Fellow. Watanabe will start her term as board fellow in June.

“I am excited and honored to join the YALSA Board Fellow program,” said Watanabe. “This is a great way to grow as a leader and contribute to an organization that supports youth leadership, diversity and equity.”

Watanabe will have the opportunity to develop leadership and nonprofit governance skills; gain knowledge of the association and how associations work; determine if a longer-term leadership position in YALSA is of interest; and network with leaders.

The YALSA Board Fellow program gives one YALSA member an expanded opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the association. The selected candidate serves a one-year term, from June to July of the next year, on the YALSA Board as a non-voting member. The Fellow is expected to participate fully in the work of the Board, including attending and participating in all in-person and virtual meetings and discussions. The Fellow will receive a $500 stipend per conference to help defray travel, registration and hotel costs. Funding for this fellowship comes from Friends of YALSA.

More information about YALSA’s Board Fellow program and how to apply can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. The next application deadline is December 1, 2018.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.