YALSA President's Page

YALSA's report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action, 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 fact that many of the nation's teens are leaving high school unprepared for college, careers 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 report, especially those relating to ensuring that all teens have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life.

My initiative for the year, "Real Teens, Real Ready," will focus on building the capacity of libraries to plan, deliver and evaluate college and career readiness programs and services for and with teens.  Visit YALSA's wiki to find and share information about how libraries can support college and career readiness serving diverse teens, and check out YALSA's Future Ready with the Library Project.

Sarah's first virtual Member Town Hall will be held on Wed. Aug. 17, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00pm, eastern.  She will lead this information session to share updates about the Board's effort to create new member engagement opportunities and to realign the work of YALSA to the new organizational plan.  Sarah hosted another Town Hall on Wed. Nov. 16 from 5:00 - 6:00, eastern, which focused on supporting youth in the post-election climate.  Listen to the audio file.  A wiki page was also created to provide library staff with resources on this topic.

Sarah hosted a chat with committee chairs on Dec. 6, 2016, to have a discussion and get feedback from chairs about the on-going organizational restructuring.  Listen to the audio file.

Contact Letitia Smith at lsmith at ala dot org for the URL to access these virtual chats, or look for the link in an upcoming issue of the weekly YALSA eNews.

Sarah Hill is the Information Services Librarian at the Lakeland College Library.  Her term as YALSA President runs from July 2016 through June 2017.  She can be reached at gsarahthelibrarian at gmail dot com or @glibrarian on Twitter.