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YALSA Members and non-members – please help develop YALSA’s next Strategic Plan by taking about 5 minutes to complete the Strategic Plan survey by March 31st to help ensure that YALSA continues to reflect the interests and concerns of those working with teens in libraries.
The current strategic plan was written in 2008 -- and think of all that's changed since then! The new strategic plan will be in place by Midwinter, 2012.
Please help keep YALSA relevant by sharing your perspective about priorities over the next few years. Questions? Contact Priscille Dando, Strategic Planning Committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello to all of you new members of the YALSA Student Interest Group. I just wanted to start this discussion off with a big welcome to the group. I want to thank you for joining and I hope that we will be able to foster some good discussions and find some interesting topics to debate and/or expand upon.
I should probably tell you all a little bit about myself, just to get the ball rolling. My name is Rob Bittner and I am a graduate student at The University of British Columbia. I am in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature program and my main research interests include Young Adult Literature and Gay/Lesbian Fiction. I have a BA in English from Simon Fraser University. I like sushi and coffee (though not always at the same time) and I read a lot when I'm not working or sleeping.
So please feel free to introduce yourselves a little bit as well. Share some thoughts, perhaps, and what you hope this community can do for you. And if you could provide me with your email address so I can contact you with information about Chats or major events (I promise, no spamming) I would be extremely grateful! Looking forward to hearing from everyone.
With Banned Books Week just around the corner, what are you all doing to celebrate or promote great works of literature that have been and are being challenged in libraries and classrooms throughout North America? For those of you who work and volunteer in a library, what are you doing for Banne Books Week? I have been working at reviewing and promoting books through my blog (http://censorshipdown.blogspot.com) as have a number of other bloggers/librarians (http://loveyalit.com/). If you want lists of titles to promote or just to have around for your own personal reading lists, check out the Advocacy section of the ALA website (http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/index.cfm). They have top 10 lists for each year for the last decade, as well as top 100 lists for the last two decades. Did you know that Judy Blume is one of the most censored authors of the 90s?
Here's a small list of my favorite banned YA books:
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
2) Whale Talk (Chris Crutcher)
3) His Dark Materials Trilogy (Philip Pullman)
4) The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier)
What about you? Any favorites from the Banned Books Lists?
What has your work group accomplished between conferences? We have successfully transitioned to an Interest Group, and member Brandy Danner will take over as convener after Annual. We are always looking for new members, and recruiting (via YALSA blog and yalsa lists). We also submitted a 2011 Annual Proposal and we were approved for a Pecha Kucha program on technology.
What news or information related to your committee do you want to share with YALSA publications? We will eventually want to promote our 2011 program and solicit contributors/speakers. [PechaK ucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.]
Which action area(s) listed in the YALSA Strategic Plan will be addressed?
- Continuous Learning
- Member Recruitment & Engagement
Which strategies could be used for the above action area(s)?
- Publication (print or electronic)
- Conference program
- Other (Please explain): We'll be using the time at Annual to plan our 2011 Pecha Kucha program, as well as set the agenda for the upcoming year.
Which key partner(s), if any, listed in the Strategic Plan will be involved in your strategies?
- Media (web sites, magazines, etc.)
- Professional Colleagues