YALSA President's Page

YALSA President Candice Mack

In January 2014 YALSA released a report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action.  The report calls on the library community to rethink how it plans and delivers teen services in order to better meet the needs of 21st century teens.  A portion of this report discusses the changing demographics of teens as well as the significant hurdles that today's teens face.  For my year as president, I intend to work with YALSA's Board of Directors and member groups in order to provide resources for YALSA members to help them adopt the recommendations called for in the new report, especially those relating to ensuring that teens who need library services the most are being adequately served by the libraries in their communities.

My initiative for the year, "3-2-1 Impact: Inclusive and Impactful Teen Services," will focus on building the capacity of libraries to plan, deliver and evaluate programs and services for and with underserved teen populations.  Visit YALSA's wiki to find and share information about serving diverse teens and building cultural competence.  For a list of selected resources relating to building inclusive services for and with teens, check out this flier (.pdf).

Candice worked with YALSA’s Board of Directors is working now through Feb. to develop a new organizational plan for YALSA for 2016—2018.  The report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action" is the guiding force behind the development of the new plan. The plan was finalized and adopted by the Board in April 2016, and can be accessed on this web page.  To provide your input, ask questions, or volunteer to support rolling out the new plan, please fill out this brief form.

Candice will host four member town halls during her 2015 - 2016 year.  Interested individuals can participate via Twitter by using or following the #yalsachat hashtag on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Nov. 30, 7:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern
  • Friday, Dec. 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Friday, Feb. 5, noon to 1:00 pm Eastern
  • Monday, June 13, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern -- listen to the recording

Candice Mack is Senior Librarian for Young Adult Services at the Los Angeles Public Library.  Her term as YALSA President runs from July 2015 through June 2016.  She can be reached at candice.yalsa at gmail dot com or @tinylibrarian on Twitter.