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Youth Services Interest Group
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Mission

  • Provide professional resources, guidance, and mentorship to library staff providing services to children and teens.
  • Increase awareness and advocacy within the library profession and among the public about services to teens and children.

Goals

  • Lead at least one program at the CLA annual conference. If only one program is presented, it should have a dual focus and be of interest to those serving both children and teen patrons.
  • Lead at least one program at the CLA Spring Fling. If only one program is presented, it should have a dual focus and be of interest to those serving both children and teen patrons.
  • Advocate for children and teen services in California.
  • Offer mentorship to new library staff and library students serving children and teens.

Activities

The Youth Services Interest Group:

  • provides training as part of the CLA Spring Fling professional development series;
  • provides networking opportunities through conferences, trainings, and listserv involvement; and
  • provides resources on interesting and insightful programs for children, tweens, and teens.

Resources

Leadership

Co-Executive Chair
Sheri Greene, CLA Member and YSIG Chair (2020-2022): sheria.greene@gmail.com
 
Co-Executive Chair
Rachel Kitzmann, Los Angeles Public Library (2020-2022): kitzmann@lapl.org


Board Structure

The Youth Services Interest Group Board is comprised of:

8 Board Positions

Terms

Executive Chair

2 Years

Executive Vice-Chair

2 Years

Communications

1 Year

Secretary

2 Years

Board Member, Spring Fling (Spring)

2 Years

Board Member, CLA (Fall)

2 Years

NorCal Rep

1 Year

SoCal Rep

1 Year


Board Position Descriptions

Executive Chair
Oversees and supports all committee members through effective & consistent communication. Assists in planning both CLA and Spring Fling programs. Sets and organizes shared goals for YSIG, with Executive Vice Chair. Runs committee meetings, and sets agenda for Spring Fling and CLA committee meetings. Serves as primary conduit between YSIG and CLA. 

Executive Vice Chair
Assist Executive Chair in overseeing and supporting all committee members through effective & consistent communication.  Assists in planning both CLA and Spring Fling programs. Sets and organizes shared goals for YSIG, with Executive Chair. Runs committee meetings, and sets agenda for Spring Fling and CLA committee meetings if Executive chair is absent. Serves as secondary conduit between YSIG and CLA. Assumes the role of chair after two years.

Communication
Is in charge of all social media posts and e-mail communication with general membership (ie, soliciting program proposals).

Secretary
Responsible for record keeping, minute taking, and communication within exec board. In charge of maintaining and updating shared YSIG folder.  

Board Member, Spring Fling
Responsible for recruiting YSIG members to help with Spring Fling.  Works with Chair and Vice Chair to organize theme, works with Communication Chair to advertise. Is responsible for holding Spring Fling Committee meetings with YSIG members.

Board Member, CLA
Responsible for recruiting YSIG members to present YSIG sponsored sessions at CLA. Works with Chair and Vice Chair to design and organize Interest Group Fair Table and Happy Hour. Works with Communication Chair to advertise YSIG sponsored programs, IG Fair and Happy Hour.

NorCal Rep
Responsible for reaching out to NorCal librarians-special attention to library systems that have little or no YSIG membership.  Is the first point of contact for concerns NorCal librarians have, brings issues to all committee meetings to be discussed.

SoCal Rep
Responsible for reaching out to SoCal librarians-special attention to library systems that have little or no YSIG membership.  Is the first point of contact for concerns NorCal librarians have, brings issues to all committee meetings to be discussed.

Please complete and submit the application form if you would like to become a member of the Youth Services Interest Group leadership team.

Discussion

Members of the Youth Services Interest Group are invited to join the Youth Services listserv where members communicate and share information.

Please note: the listserv will be reviewed twice per year and non-active CLA members will be removed from the list.