A task force is an action-oriented membership group whose charge is to address specific goals, complete a specific task, or to consider a particular issue. There may be a designated time frame defined by the nature of the task or set forth in the function statement. Functions of a task force may include the following:
- Gathering information and making recommendations
- Studying an issue and preparing a report
- carrying out a specific project or activity
- Conducting programs at conferences
- Establishing committees or other subunits.
A task force is used to address critical, urgent, or ongoing situations which require a strong, visible organizational effort and/or activist response. Any parent body may establish a task force, determine its duration, monitor its progress, and terminate its function. (ALA Policy Manual, Article 6.9)
Many, but not all, YALSA task forces complete all of their work virtually and members are not required to attend conferences.
Advancing Diversity Task Force
Explore and identify the challenges and opportunities library staff of diverse backgrounds face when connecting with YALSA by seeking feedback from both members and nonmembers via online surveys, focus groups, and other viable means. Research industry best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion to identify viable strategies for YALSA to adopt. Submit findings and recommendations for alleviating challenges and leveraging opportunities to the board by January 9, 2018. Size: 5-7 virtual members, including the chair. Term: September 1, 2017 - February 9, 2018
Annual Conference Marketing & Local Arrangements Task Force
To work with YALSA's Web Services Manager prior to the conference to create and disseminate online marketing materials that promote YALSA's presence at the ALA Annual Conference. To plan and implement YALSA local arrangements activities in close cooperation with YALSA's Program Officer for Conferences & Events, including assisting on-site with logistics for YALSA programs and overseeing teen participation for the ALA Annual Conference. Committee members aren't expected to attend Midwinter, but are expected to attend Annual. Committee size: to be determined, but including one member designated as Youth Participation Coordinator. Term: 6 months, January 1 - June 30.
District Days Task Force
To encourage librarians and library workers to advocate for and with teens through local engagement with elected officials, including members of Congress who are on recess in July and August; to provide library staff with information, best practices, training, tools and resources to help them build relationships with elected officials and inform officials about the critical role libraries play in supporting teen school success and college and career readiness; to track District Days participation by members; and to collaborate with the YALSA Legislation Committee, as appropriate. Taskforce size 5 to 7 virtual members including the chair and at least two members from the previous year. Term: April 1 through September 30.
Leadership Fundraising Task Force
Develop and implement a year-long fundraising effort to raise $20,000 to support YALSA leadership initiatives, including marketing, fundraising, and donor recognition. Submit a draft fundraising plan to the board by April 1, 2017. Upon plan approval, work year-round with staff to create and implement virtual fundraising campaigns and fundraising efforts at conferences, aimed at both individuals (members and nonmembers), and organizations. Coordinate efforts with FAC so as not to overlap or compete with their work. Size: 7 virtual members, including the chair. Term: March 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018
Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Task Force
To work with YALSA's Web Services Manager prior to the conference to create and disseminate online marketing materials that promote YALSA's presence at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. To plan and implement YALSA local arrangements activities in close cooperation with YALSA's Program Officer for Conferences & Events, including assisting on-site with logistics for YALSA events and overseeing teen participation for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Taskforce members aren't expected to attend Annual, but are expected to attend Midwinter. Taskforce size: 5 - 7, including one member designated as Midwinter Youth Participation Coordinator. Term: 6 months - October 1 through March 31.
Mentoring Task Force
Review applications submitted for the YALSA 2014 - 2015 mentoring program to determine applicants' eligibility. Using information provided in mentor and protégé applications select and match mentors and protégés from those applicants who are eligible. Submit selections/matches to YALSA's Program Officer for Continuing Education. Committee size: 5 - 7 virtual members.
National Library Legislative Day Task Force
To encourage all members to participate in NLLD by creating messages and resources and then working with YALSA's Communication Specialist to leverage YALSA's communication channels; to provide members with tools and resources to help them educate elected officials about the need for strong library services for/with teens; and to vet the applications for the NLLD travel stipend and choose a winner(s). Taskforce size: 5 - 7 virtual members including at least one member from the previous year. Term: December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018
Presidential Advisory Task Force
To provide support, guidance and advice to the YALSA President in the implementation of their theme. Activities may include working with the President to review Organizational and Implementation Plans to develop and coordinate appropriate theme-related goals, activities, and initiatives. As appropriate, collaborate with relevant YALSA leaders and groups to implement theme-related activities, including but not limited to the blog managers, journal editors, and committee chairs. Term: 1 year term starting July 1st ending June 30th of the following year. Committee size: 5 - 7 virtual members including chair.
Summer Learning Task Force
To leverage state and local networks to promote the applications for summer learning grants. To vet the applicants for the grants and by February 12, 2018, choose the 20 applications that best meet the eligibility requirements as measured by their responses to questions on the application. To vet the applicants for the summer intern grants and choose the 20 best by February 26, 2017. To compile and/or create resources focused specifically on assisting library staff with implementing summer learning programs and activities and add them to YALSA's wiki as they are developed. To seed discussions and share resources on the Summer Learning Ning. Taskforce size: 5 - 7 virtual members, including the chair. Term: July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
YA Services Symposium Marketing & Planning
To assist YALSA’s Program Officer for Conferences & Events with the planning, marketing and implementation of YALSA's YA Services Symposium, including the creation and maintenance of an online site that will be the primary marketing tool for the event, vetting symposium papers and proposals, vetting scholarship applications and more. Members will regularly add content to the site and post to social media in order to build excitement for and share information about the event. Members will work with YALSA's Communications Specialist to create and assist with the implementation of a marketing plan. Members will work with presenters leading up to the symposium to ensure high quality programs. Members conduct task force work virtually, but are expected to attend the symposium. Size: 5 to 7 members, including the chair. Term July 1 through December 31. Members conduct task force work virtually, but are expected to attend the event
Knowledge of current topics and trends of interest to library staff serving teens
Strong organizational skills
Excellent marketing skills, including use of social networking tools for marketing purposes
Ability to attend the symposium
Size: up to 5-7 members: