YASF Meeting Minutes: 9.14.17

15 Oct

Westmont Public Library


  • ILA Planning
    • Pub Stroll
      • It’s on! Wednesday night. Still waiting to find out where we’ll be or if TBS will be our sponsor.
      • What should we do?
        • Last year: ARCs, but there was a Cubs game and debate, so not as much interactivity.
        • Ideas: ARCs again, tabletop games (Superfight, Cards against Humanity, etc.), YA Smackdown, trivia wheel?,
          • Superfight, YA Smackdown, ARCs for handout
    • Sponsored panels:
12 to 18: Meeting the Distinct Needs of the Early Teen and Late Teen Years Hannah Rapp, Berwyn Public Library; Kylie Peters, ; Joe Marcantonio, Plainfield Public Library District; Shaira Rock, Elmhurst Public Library
YA Troubleshooting: Working Together So We Don’t Fall Apart Rachael Bild, Oak Park Public Library; Becca Boland, Ela Area Public Library; Heather Booth, Thomas Ford Memorial Library; Evan Mather, Mount Prospect Public Library
Keeping the Peace with Teens Laurel Johnson, Skokie Public Library; Elizabeth Lynch, Addison Public Library; Yesenia Nunez, Addison Public Library
Keepin’ YA Real Becca Boland, Ela Area Public Library; Donna Block, Roosevelt University; Joe Marcantonio, Plainfield Public Library District


    • Reaching out to other panels to evaluate
      • Teen-related, will see if they want to use our evaluation forms. May not have increased YASF membership, but still gives us valuable data. We’ll do it again this year.
    • Evaluation form updates
      • Several questions may be unnecessary/repetitive/not valuable.
        • Lose question 3 &5
        • Reword question 1 (“Presented” instead of “organized”) and question 2 (“I learned something useful” instead)
      • Rachael will bounce off this evaluation off of a coworker really into data gathering, get feedback
    • ILA slides can be uploaded and accessible after the fact. YASF should promote!!!
  • Standards for Illinois Public Libraries (Rachael)
    • There has never been a chapter on Youth & Young Adult services. This year they are rewriting the Standards, and are including that chapter in this edition. There is a moving deadline.
    • Meeting about updating at ILA with Youth svcs forum on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in Exhibits Hall.
    • Youth Svcs Forum has google doc they’ve worked on as well.
    • YALSA new core competencies are coming out in around November.
    • Who’s up for helping to draft this?
      • Lisa
      • Evan
      • Rachael
  • YASF incoming manager
    • Ask questions if you are interested!
    • Krista and Lisa are both considering it, but need to think/check on some things.
  • Old Business
    • Tournament of Books (Evan)
      • Krista will be taking the reins this year.
      • Finalizing nominations in January over a virtual meeting.
    • YA Librarian of the Year Award (Denise/Rachael)
      • Lynette will be receiving her award at the conference in October.
      • Revising requirements from personal ILA membership to working at a library with an institutional ILA membership. Emphasis that it’s the group you serve, not your job title.
  • Updates
    • YASF social media, etc.
      • Google Groups (Trixie)
      • Blog (Evan)
      • Facebook (Becca)
        • Gained 13 new members, up to a total of 112
        • Wednesday “What are you reading?” posts have been really successful – sometimes other folks have picked up missed posts without prompting.
        • We should post forum meetings as Event on the group.
        • We should re-share the pinned ToB nomination post (maybe on Wednesday posts?) to get new/more current nominations
    • IREAD  Update (Donna)
    • Youth Services Forum Update (Vince via email)
      1. Started doing “Forum Buddies” to keep new people attending. Pair new folks with older members.
      2. Field trip to Art Institute today! Be interesting to hear how it went. Should we put together a trip to Field Museum to check out kits, or other events?
      3. See more from their minutes
    • ILA Orientation
  • Other items?
    • Another meet up?
      • Post ILA. November? December 2nd?
    • Reaching Forward presentations
      • Escape Rooms
      • Tabletops


Upcoming YASF Meeting Dates:

  • October 10-12 – Rise Up! 2017 Annual Conference, Tinley Park
  • November 9, 2017 — Mount Prospect Public Library
  • February 8, 2018 — Oak Park Public Library
  • April 12, 2018 — TBD (maybe Wheaton or Glenside?)



Evan Mather

Krista Kountz

Denise Hudec

Lisa Bearfield

Alea Perez

Rachael Bild (virtually)

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