Issues & Current Projects
YALSA's Board of Directors adopted a new, three year organizational plan in April 2016. Each of the three sections below represents a goal area in the plan. If you'd like to receive periodic updates about news and opportunities relating to the plan, please share your name and email via this online form. You can also keep up to date on the latest projects and issues via the YALSAblog.
Advocacy work is in the planning stage. YALSA submitted a grant proposal in Sept. 2016 to support advocacy efforts, and is waiting to hear back. Please contact the chair of the Standing Board Committee on Advocacy if you'd like to contribute to this work.
Fund & Partner Development
Fund and partner development work is in the planning stage. Please contact the chair of the Standing Board Committee on Fund and Partner Development if you'd like to contribute to this work.
Leading the Transformation of Teen Services
Case Studies: YALSA is collecting examples of innovations that libraries are doing that support the vision for teen services as outlined in YALSA's Futures Report. If you have a case study to share, please contact Linda Braun. The first collection of Case Studies is now available as a free .pdf
College & Career Readiness: with $305,000 in funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, YALSA will provide training and resources to small, rural and tribal library staff around college and career readiness. Learn more on our Future Ready with the Library web page.
Community Connections: A new YALSA taskforce will compile existing and create new resources to help members forge and maintain successful community partnerships in order to better meet the needs of all the teens in their community. Resources will be posted on YALSA’s wiki as they’re created/compiled.
Cultural Competence: over the past year a taskforce has been working to compile resources to help library staff build cultural competence skills and knowledge in order to better serve the teens in their communities. Visit YALSA's wiki to access their compilation. Additional work in this area is in the planning stages. Please contact the chair of the Standing Board Committee on Leading the Transformation of Teen Services if you'd like to contribute to this work.
Research Agenda: Last updated in 2014, a new version of the agenda will be available that aligns with YALSA’s recent report, “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action.”
In addition to working on the three goal areas listed above, a key first step for YALSA in implementing the new plan is restructuring the organization so that it is better positioned to carry out the new work needed to support the plan. Activities related to this effort include:
Creating short-term, virtual, opt-in opportunities for members: In mid-2016 the board began the process of evaluating all 50+ YALSA member groups, including advisory boards committees, juries and taskforces. As a part of this YALSA's board approved a pilot plan to transform juries from 12 month appointed groups to 3 month appointed groups, beginning with groups that are appointed in fall 2016. The board also approved transforming many other member commitments from 1 and 2 year appointments to shorter term and opt in opportunities. The logistics of this change are being planned out in 2016 - 2017, with actual changes taking place in phases, beginning in Feb. 2017. Check out the Committees section of the YALSAblog for more background as well as for updates.
Governance reorganization: the board agreed that the mission and scope of the Executive Committee needed refocusing, and is working throughout the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017 to hammer out a new vision for this group. The board also agreed to expand the focus of the traditional Governance Nominating Committee to also encompass board training/development. The logistics of this change are being planned out in 2016 - 2017, with actual changes taking place beginning in Feb. 2017. Lastly, the board also agreed that more diverse representation on the board was needed, including representatives from beyond the library community. The logistics of this change are being planned out in 2016 - 2017, with actual changes taking place some time in 2017. Check out the Governance section of the YALSAblog for more background as well as for updates.
Staff reorganization: the board is leveraging interest from YALSA's endowments to fund a new, part-time position that will support literacies related projects, including book and media awards, Teen Read Week, the Teens' Top Ten, and the Teen Book Finder app. Other staff positions are being adjusted to support the work of the new plan. Please contact Beth Yoke with any questions.