YALSA President's Page

2020 - 2021 YALSA President: Amanda Barnhart

The 2020-2021 President’s Theme and Initiative center around Representation in Recruitment and Representation – Further Supporting YALSA’s EDI Plan. The outcomes from the initiative supporting the 2020-2021 Presidential Theme are to:

  • To provide the membership with quarterly continuing education strategies and ideas that support and celebrate the diversity of library staff and the teens they serve.
  • Identify and engage in efforts that aim to study the value of YALSA resources amongst library staff who work with teens that are seen as “non-members.” There are many non-member library staff whose actions adhere to the YALSA mission or support the YALSA vision and who utilize YALSA resources regardless of having purchased a YALSA membership.
  • Develop a report that includes findings from the aforementioned study, as well as provide recommendations on strategies for engaging non-members. 

The direction of this taskforce was also influenced by recent work from the YALSA Division and Membership Promotion Committee 2019-2020. YALSA appreciates their efforts in engaging with LIS students and their ideas on reaching out to affiliates.

Amanda Barnhart is a branch manager at the Kansas City Public Library institution located in Kansas City, Missouri. Her term as YALSA President runs through June 30, 2021. She can be contacted at Amanda.Barnhart [at] kclibrary [dot] org.