YALSA President's Page
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. It is time to take stock of what we do and ask ourselves why we do it. We need to be strategic and purposeful in the services and programs we provide teens in order to help ensure they are adequately prepared for careers, college and life. 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, including national guidelines for teen programming and resources to help members forge strong community partnerships that address the needs of the teens in their communities.
Chris Shoemaker is Director of the Rye Free Reading Room in Rye, New York. His term as YALSA President runs from July 2014 through June 2015. He can be reached at cinf0master at gmail dot com or @doseofsnark on Twitter.