ALA Liaison

Each year YALSA identifies a member to serve as liaison to ALA groups for a 12 month period. This person's role is to strengthen ties between YALSA and ALA by sharing information between groups, representing YALSA's interests to ALA, and seeking opportunities for collaboration.  This position liaises with the following ALA groups:
•    Advocacy Coordinating Group    
•    ASCLA Accessibility Assembly
•    Conference Program Coordinating Team
•    Freedom to Read Foundation
•    Intellectual Freedom Committee
•    Legislation Assembly
•    Literacy Assembly
•    Professional Ethics Committee
•    Website Advisory Committee

 If there's financial need, up to $1,000 in funds total can be provided to the liaison to defray the cost of attending the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. To be considered for this opportunity, members must submit an application by no later than April 1st each year.

Qualifications: Those interested in serving as Liaison should have:

  • Current personal membership in YALSA
  • The ability to attend 8 - 10 ALA committee meetings at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference
  • In order to accomplish work in a virtual environment the Liaison must be competent users of digital tools, including but not limited to wikis, e-chats, Skype, and Google docs
  • Prior experience serving on a YALSA or ALA committee, and/or the YALSA Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of ALA and YALSA processes
  • Passion for YALSA's mission
  • Knowledge of current YALSA initiatives, programs, and services
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to speak and write clearly
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Enough free time away from work and family to dedicate to the extensive demands of this position
  • The highest ethical standards
  • Minimal other concurrent responsibilities, committee work, affiliations, leadership positions, appointments, etc. within YALSA or with other organizations


2018 - 2019: Amanda Barnhart

2017 - 2018: Amanda Barnhart