For immediate release | January 21, 2014

McDonald named YALSA’s 2014 Board Fellow

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) chose Nicola McDonald, senior librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, as its 2014-2015 Board Fellow. McDonald will begin serving as board fellow on June 30, 2014.

The YALSA Board Fellow program gives one YALSA member an expanded opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the association. The selected candidate will serve a one-year term, from June to July of the next year, on the YALSA board as a non-voting member. The fellow is expected to participate fully in the work of the Board, including attending and participating in all face-to-face and virtual meetings and discussions. The fellow will receive a $500 stipend per conference to help defray travel, registration and hotel costs. Funding for this fellowship comes from Friends of YALSA.

“It's such a great honor to be chosen as YALSA's 2014 Board Fellow. Having been an active member of the organization over the past five years, I am eager to further contribute my skills towards the good of YA services,” McDonald said. “Even more so, I look forward to learning about YALSA's governance while continuing to develop professional experiences through interactions with Board members, other professionals and via assigned tasks.”

McDonald will have the opportunity to develop leadership, management and administration skills; gain knowledge of the association and how associations work; and determine if a longer-term leadership position in YALSA is of interest; and network with leaders.

Shannon Peterson, YALSA president, hailed McDonald’s selection.

“The board members and I are looking forward to working with Nicola. Nicola has already done some great work for YALSA, and her credentials impressed us,” Peterson said. “We're pleased that she's willing to gain an understanding of what Board service entails all while giving back through service in a leadership position.”

More information and details on applying in the future can be found at

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)