Current YALSA Task Forces

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:

  1. Gathering information and making recommendations
  2. Studying an issue and preparing a report
  3. carrying out a specific project or activity
  4. Conducting programs at conferences
  5. 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.

Community Connections Taskforce

Compile existing and, as needed, develop new resources for members on the topic of using community engagement and partnerships to address teen needs.  Resources must address the following key topics: rationale for pursuing community partnerships; strategies for assessing teen and community needs and identifying possible partners; examples of organizations that could serve as potential partners; asset mapping of library resources to determine what the library can bring to a partnership; and turn-key resources libraries can adapt and use, such as sample email messages to potential partners, community needs assessment tools, asset map checklist, etc.  As completed, promote the community connections resources with the assistance of YALSA staff and member leaders through a variety of YALSA and other channels, including but not limited to: YALSAblog posts, webinars, Academy videos, Google Hangouts, and presentations at conferences.  Size: 5-7 virtual members, including the Chair. Term: from August 1 to January 31.

Competencies Update Task Force

Review YALSA's report, The Future of Library Service for and With Teens: A Call to Action, as well as competencies and frameworks from the afterschool, summer learning and connected learning communities in order to create a futures-focused version of YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth which embeds the key principles from YALSA's report as well as adapts best practices and stellar examples from relevant external documents.  Ensure that the updated version complements, but is not redundant to, these recent YALSA documents: Teen Programming Guidelines and Core Professional Values for the Teen Services Profession.  Provide a draft by April 4th, and submit a revised, final document by May 17th for Board consideration at their June meeting. Taskforce size: 5 - 7 virtual members, including the Chair.

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. 

Presidential Advisory Task Force

To provide support, guidance and advice to the incoming YALSA President during his first two years (President-Elect and Presidential) of service, when requested.  Activities may include working with the President-Elect to review YALSA's goals, initiatives, and strategic plan to develop an appropriate Presidential theme, goal(s) and/or initiative(s). As requested, provide support and oversight of the implementation of any Presidential initiatives. Task force term: 2 year term starting in July. Task force size: 4- 6 virtual members, plus a chair.  Representation from diverse backgrounds is encouraged. Chaired by the President-Elect.

Selected List Evaluation Taskforce

Draft a transition plan for evolving AAYA, PPYA, and QP onto the Hub. Revise blog guidelines as needed and draft streamlined procedures addressing member engagement, youth participation, field suggestions, nominations, evaluation processes, appearance, discovery (tagging and categorizing), and annual best lists. In addition, the taskforce should consider relevant board documents and discussions, town halls, and member input shared with board members.  The plan includes a suggested implementation and evaluation timeline and should be submitted to the board for review by Dec. 1, 2016. Taskforce size: 6-8 virtual members including the chair, including one board member, one O&B member, one Hub representative, and individuals who have served on selection committees.  Term: Sept. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31 2017.

Summer Learning Task Force

To work with YALSA's Communications Manager to promote the applications for summer reading grants.  To vet the applicants for the summer reading mini grants and by Feb. 3, 2014, choose the 20 applications that best convey a plan to help teens build literacy skills over the summer according to eligibility requirements and responses to questions on the application form.  To vet the applicants for the summer intern grants and choose the 20 best by Feb.17.  To compile and/or create resources focused specifically on assisting library staff implement summer reading and learning programs and activities and add them to YALSA's wiki as they are developed.  To seed discussions and share resources on the summer reading Ning.  Taskforce size: 5 - 7 virtual members, including the chair. 

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: