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.

Committee Appointments Task Force

To provide support and advice to the President-Elect in regards to committee/jury/task force appointments. Activities may include: recruiting members to fill out volunteer forms and providing advice in order to ensure diverse representation on member groups. Chaired by the President-Elect.

Size: Up to six members

Term: 1 year, starting in July.

Presidential Advisory Task Force

To provide support, guidance and advice to the incoming YALSA President during his/her 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. Committee composition: Virtual membership is encouraged, as is representation from different areas of young adult librarianship.

Size: Up to 6 members.

Term: 2-year term starting in July.

President's Program Planning

Under the direction of YALSA's President, plan, organize and implement the content for the YALSA President's Program at the  Annual Conference. Work with YALSA's Program Officer for Conferences and Events on all logistics. To assist on-site in New Orleans with the implementation of the event.

Size: to be determined.

Term: 1 year, commencing after Annual

Staff Liaison: Nichole O'Connor

YA Lit Symposium Marketing & Planning

To assist YALSA’s Program Officer for Conferences & Events with the planning, marketing and implementation of YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium, including the creation and maintenance of an online social networking site (via Ning) 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 social networking site in order to build excitement for and share information about the event. Members will work with YALSA's Communications Manager 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 taskforce work virtually, but are expected to attend the symposium.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of current topics and trends of interest to librarians 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

Staff liaison: Nichole O'Connor

2015 Symposium Marketing & Planning

To assist YALSA’s Program Officer for Conferences & Events with the planning, marketing and implementation of an annual teen services conference, including the creation and maintenance of an online social networking site that will be the primary marketing tool for the event, vetting papers and proposals, vetting scholarship applications and more. Members will regularly add content to the social networking site 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 event to ensure high quality programs on a full range of topics relating to teen services. Size: 5 to 7 members, including the chair. Term July 1, 2014 through January 31, 2016. Members conduct taskforce work virtually, but are expected to attend the event

Staff liaison: Nichole O'Connor