Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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P R O D U C T I O N Cadmus Communications A D V E R T I S I N G Bill Spilman, Innovative Media Solutions; 1-877-878-3260; fax (309) 483- 2371; e-mail bill@innovativemediasolutions. com. View our media kit at www.ala.org/yalsa/mediakit. YALS accepts advertising for goods or services of interest to the library profession and librarians in service to youth in particular. It encourages advertising that informs readers and provides clear communication between vendor and buyer. YALS adheres to ethical and commonly accepted advertising practices and reserves the right to reject any advertisement not suited to the above purposes or not consistent with the aims and policies of ALA. Acceptance of advertising in YALS does not imply o cial endorsement by ALA of the products or services advertised. M A N U S C R I P T S Manuscripts and letters pertaining to editorial content should be sent to YALSA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: yalseditor@gmail.com. Visit http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/yals/ for further information. I N D E X I N G , A B S T R A C T I N G , A N D M I C R O F I L M Young Adult Library Services is indexed in Library Literature, Library &Information Science Abstracts, and Current Index to Journals in Education. Microfi lm copies of Journal of Youth Services in Libraries and its predecessor, Top of the News, are available from ProQuest/Bell & Howell, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. ∞ ©2014 American Library Association All materials in this journal subject to copyright by the American Library Association may be photocopied for the noncommercial purpose of scientifi c or educational advancement granted by Sections 107 and 108 of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976. For other photocopying, reprinting, or translating, address requests to the ALA O ce of Rights and Permissions. FROM THE PRESIDENT Sarah Hill I t is truly my honor to write this column as YALSA President. I'm excited to be at the helm of an organization full of energetic and pas- sionate members who put #teensfi rst! The theme of this issue is innovation and change, and over the past several months the YALSA Board learned a lot about that phrase! As you've read in previous issues, the Board approved a new Organizational Plan (see www. ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/strategicplan) in April, and at ALA's Annual Confer- ence in June, discussed strategies for rolling out the plan. Some changes were put in place before Annual. But there will be more opportunities and changes as YALSA moves toward fulfi ll- ing the goals in the Organizational Plan. Teens First From early on in YALSA's strategic plan- ning process we focused on the question "How can we put #teensfi rst?" That led to the development of a Theory of Change, which includes an intended impact statement (the goal the organi- zation wants to accomplish), the theory of change itself (a depiction of the causal links between activities and outcomes), and a learning agenda (the areas in which research is needed to fi ll in any gaps in the theory of change). Using the Theory of Change framework, the YALSA Board designated three priori- ties to create the intended impact: • Leading the transformation of teen library services • Advocacy to policy makers at all levels to increase support for teen library services • Funder and partner development Learning and Moving Forward at #alaac16 At Annual Conference 2016, the YALSA Board began the process of reengineering current policies and practices into more innovative and member-friendly models. In 2014 a YALSA member survey indicated that members wanted more networking and volunteer opportunities, especially virtual ones and ones that required minimal commitment of time. In Orlando at Annual 2016, at a session entitled "What's New in YALSA and How You Can be a Part of It," that sentiment was repeated—YALSA members want engagement opportu- nities with other (continued on page 7) 3 F A L L 2 0 1 6 » Y O U N G A D U L T L I B R A R Y S E R V I C E S » Y A L S

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