Committees, Juries, Advisory Boards

Committees, juries, taskforces and advisory boards are appointed groups established by the Board to help carry out the work of YALSA. Appointed groups are regularly assigned specific tasks by the Board to complete. These groups are for members who:

  • want to give back to the organization and help YALSA achieve its goals
  • have the necessary time to commit to devote to the work of the group
  • are skilled in conducting work virtually through tools such as Google Hangout, Google Docs and more
  • enjoy working in a team environment

To learn more about the responsibilities of committee members, check out the Committee FAQ visit YALSA’s Handbook or read an article about association committee service (PDF) from ASAE. If you decide that you have the necessary time to devote to an appointed group and want to use your skills to give back to the organization, consider filling out a Volunteer Form.

See YALSA's representatives to ALA committees.

YALSA Taskforces

Taskforces are appointed on a rolling basis, as they are formed by the Board.

YALSA Juries

Juries are appointed in the early fall and work from Nov. through Jan.  YALSA has several award juries who determine the winners of the grant or award with the same name:  

BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant Jury
Conference Travel Scholarships Jury
Frances Henne/VOYA/YALSA Research Grant Jury
Great Books Giveaway Jury
MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
Volunteer of the Year Award
Writing Award Jury


Strategic Committees and Advisory Boards

These are appointed in March and start work in July.  The purpose of a strategic committee is to help carry out the business of the association by handling matters such as membership recruitment, planning Teen Read Week, local arrangements at conferences, and much more.  If you have not served on a committee before and would like to help YALSA carry out the work of the association, strategic committees are where you can get your start.  All Strategic Committees and Juries are 100 percent virtual except for the Executive Committee. Volunteer by filling out the Committee Volunteer Form between Dec. and Feb. each year.

Award & Selection Committees Oversight Committee
Continuing Education Advisory Board
Division and Membership Promotion
Executive Committee
The Hub Advisory Board
Financial Advancement
Joint School/Public Library Cooperation
Conference Marketing
Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements Committee
Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee
National Guidelines Oversight Committee
Nominating – Awards
Nominating Governance
Organization and Bylaws
Publications Advisory Board
Research Journal Advisory Board
RUSA/YALSA Young Adult Reference Committee
Strategic Planning
Teen Read Week
Teen Tech Week
Teens'Top Ten (formerly YA Galley)
Website Advisory 
YALS/YALSAblog Editorial Advisory Board

Award & Selection Committees

Selection Committees are appointed each October and work begins in Feb..  Each one of the selection committees is established to select specific media and booklists or choose YALSA's award winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz). YALSA members with previous book evaluation  experience and previous successful committee experience are considered more seriously for positions on selection committees than those without previous committee experience.  There are no virtual members on selection committees and members must attend ALA's Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. Volunteer by filling out the Committee Volunteer Form between June and September of each year.

Alex Awards
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Margaret A. Edwards Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Nonfiction Award
Odyssey Award (co-administered with ALSC)
Outstanding Books for the College Bound (not appointed every year)
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
William C. Morris Award