Abigail Phillips named YALSA’s 2015 Board Fellow

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/30/2014


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Abigail Phillips, a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at Florida State University, as its 2015-2016 Board Fellow. Phillips will begin serving as board fellow on June 29, 2015.

The YALSA Board Fellow program gives one YALSA member an expanded opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the association. The selected candidate will serve 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 face-to-face 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.

“I am delighted and honored to be selected as YALSA's 2015 Board Fellow,” said Phillips. “As a librarian and LIS doctoral student, the passion and creativity of this organization has been an inspiration. My time as a Board Fellow will provide me with wonderful opportunities to further hone my leadership skills and discover new ways to serve young adults and my fellow librarians. Along with contributing my energy and skills, I look forward to working with and learning from YALSA's Board. "

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

More information and details on applying in the future can be found at www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff to engage, serve and empower teens.  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.