Legislation Committee Description

Note: this committee no longer exists as of July 1, 2017.  It was split into two short-term taskforces: District Days and National Library Legislative Day

Charge: To inform librarians and library workers of pending legislation which affects young adults and library service to that population; to provide librarians and library workers with tools and resources to help them educate elected officials and lobby for strong library services to teens; to liaise with the ALA Legislation Committee; and to provide support to the YALSA Board with developing an annual legislative agenda.  Committee size: 7 virtual members including at least two members from the previous year

Type: Standing

Date of Establishment: 1977

Committee size: 5 - 7 virtual members including at least two members from the previous year.


  • Current membership in YALSA
  • In order to accomplish work in a virtual environment taskforce members must be competent users of web 2.0 tools, including but not limited to wikis, e-chats and ALA Connect.
  • Legislative advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of issues and legislation impacting the library community

For information on the responsibilities of committee/jury/taskforce members, visit YALSA's Handbook. It is recommended that one member be appointed from the Washington DC area.

Term: 1 year, commencing after Annual and ending after Annual.

History: Committee charge was changed in 2011.

Staff Liaison: Beth Yoke