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' initiative for the year will focus on building the capacity of libraries to plan, deliver and evaluate digital literacy-focused programs and services for and with teens.  Members with a digital literacy project idea can apply for funding through Chris' Shark Bowl effort.   Finalists will receive funds to come to the 2015 ALA Annual conference to present their proposal, and up to three winners will receive funds and technology to implement their idea.

Participate in a YALSA Member E-Chat with Chris.  They are scheduled for

  • Nov. 20th, 2014, from 8pm to 9pm, eastern, via Twitter.  Use the hashtag #yalsachat. 
  • Feb. 24th, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm, eastern, via Adobe Connect. Access the recording via Adobe Connect.
  • May 14th, 2015, from 8pm to 9pm, eastern, via Adobe Connect. Find out the ways YALSA  has been realigning its resources and programs to support the Futures Report and suggest further related activities.

Details are posted in YALSA's Google calendar.

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.