Young Adult Services Forum
Meeting Minutes 05.13.2021
Managers: Izabel Gronski (Oak Lawn) – Manager, Joe Marcantonio (Schaumburg) – Outgoing Manager, Kylie Peters (Geneva) – Incoming Manager
Board: Heather Colby (Homer Township) – iREAD YA Liaison and Social Media Manager, Nicole Mills (Glenview) – Board Member at Large, Quinn Stitt (Berwyn) – Tournament of Books Wizard, Martha Buehler-Sullivan (Brookfield) – YA Librarian of the Year Award
Members: Lisa Barefield (Wheaton), Rachael Bild (Skokie) Donna Block (Niles-Maine), Erin Faxel (Orland Park), Mariel Fechik (soon to be Deerfield), Hailey Frailey (Oswego), Yvette Garcia (Chicago), Claire Griebler (Park Ridge), Sonya Hill (Ela), Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Maisie Iven (Naperville), Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect), Patti Palmer (Elmhurst), Allison Riggs (Schaumburg), Rachel Strolle (Glenside), Abigail Weaver (Mount Prospect)
Tournament of Books
- Reviewer’s Bracket Winner: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- People’s Choice Winner: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- First time it’s been the same winner!
- Message from Aiden Thomas for us!
- Most wished made it past first round for People’s Choice bracket: Go With the Flow by Karen Schneemann and Lily Williams
- Most wished made it past first round for Reviewer’s bracket: Flamer by Mike Curato
- Book we wish won the Reviewer’s bracket (after Cemetery Boys): Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Thank you, reviewers!
Submit for 2021 Tournament of Books: http://bit.ly/TOB2022Books
- No nonfiction
- Must be published 2021
- No sequels or companion books
- Graphic novels and fiction are welcome
- Extra consideration goes to debut novels, #OwnVoices, etc.
- Extra consideration goes to titles that get the most submissions, so still submit it even if you think it’s a shoe-in!
YASF Diversity Audit Recommended Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BxQo2xLTFDN_cqTfLOP6nmfFRQuW3f1FTtqArv-dJQ/edit?usp=sharing
Yvette Garcia – Chicago Public Library
- You need to spend time with the books. Get your hands on each book.
- Do your homework. Research. Especially necessary for harder-to-spot types of diversity.
- Start out with a small subset, such as adult mysteries.
- There are lots of forms out there you can use.
- Aim to have the collection match the demographics of your community, but sometimes you can’t because the books just aren’t being published.
- Set goals. Pick and choose your priorities.
- “The danger of a single story,” a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
- Your staff may need you to move forward in small steps.
Alea Perez – Elmhurst Public Library
- Started an audit of picture books on February 1st. Anticipate it will take at least the rest of the year.
- They use a Google form since so many people are working on it. The results go into a spreadsheet.
- They are just looking at what currently exists to inform future collection management. Not weeding based on this.
- Elmhurst is mainly white, so they want to do better than community representation.
- What they look for
- Author’s race, gender, sexuality
- Neurotypical and neurodivergent authors
- Physically abled and disabled authors
- Main characters, then secondary characters: includes races and non-human
- Main characters, then secondary characters’, sexuality
- Body representation, positive and negative
- Main characters, then secondary characters’, physical and mental disability
- Main characters, then secondary characters’, citizenship status
- Main characters, then secondary characters’, religions
- For Jewish, note Holocaust and non-Holocaust
- Socioeconomics, family dynamics, addiction, setting, #OwnVoices (joyful or traumatic)
- Offered a glossary to help with race terms
- Include an “other” option where necessary
- Space for notes if staff are unsure of something or who notice something that isn’t reflected in the form questions
- Afterward, use the info to inform policy and procedure changes
Allison Riggs – Schaumburg Township District Library
- Don’t overthink it — just start!
- Project Ready: https://ready.web.unc.edu/section-2-transforming-practice/module-24-transforming-library-collections/
- Whole section about transforming library collections for youth and teens
- They are looking at identities of the main character (or characters if there are multiple POVs)
- #OwnVoices is important.
- Something to consider: don’t discard LGBTQIA+ books for not being #OwnVoices. The author may not have come out.
Quinn Stitt – Berwyn Public Library
- Theirs is based off Oak Park’s audit
- Using Category 4 tags in SWAN
- They are looking at the main character and creator
- They look for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ identities, and disability (including mental illness)
- Get into the mindset where you do the research when purchasing
- Helps with booklists!
- A diversity audit is not one size fits all. Come up with a method that works for you.
Rachael Bild shared a document, “Diverse Graphic Novel Creators.”
- Not a diversity audit of a specific collection, it’s a general look at graphic novel creators.
12 stereotypes/red flags: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cb6NnqNeBLAjr_VlWJtmNBXep9TrimO1wIOz_U1wKGk/edit?usp=sharing
- Problematic authors
- If they are popular you may not want to weed them, but don’t give them publicity
- How do you learn who is doing problematic things?
- Search them on twitter
- Weeding and Promoting
- Give books with diversity a second look if they come up for weeding
- If it’s the only one of a certain voice, keep it
- Put diverse books on displays, especially on one that are not displays about diversity.
- Unspecified characters
- Often assumed white and cishet
- If they have no defining race or sexuality characteristics, then they read as white and cishet.
Approval of Minutes
- YA Librarian of the Year (Martha Sullivan)
- Nominations due May 15.
- Social Media (Heather Colby)
- Facebook 249, Twitter 158
- Quinn made social media for ToB so organized!
- Contact Heather with social media matters: email@example.com
- Member at Large (Nicole Mills)
- YSF minutes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IGzEUokbgqJ-zPaFywiWKzcRN9L67VFh/view?usp=sharing
- They may reach out for tips on doing a Tournament of Books.
- iRead (Heather)
- Donna Block is chair of the theme for summer 2023 “Find Your Voice”
- Thank you to those who submitted to the Resource Guide for 2022, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.”
- EDI Statement
- Here is a draft Kylie created: https://docs.google.com/document/d/171nygxTmjtei5jrvR2E63o4EcFZq588VoLNKDTKiFYo/edit?usp=sharing
- Please offer feedback!
- Will be used to offer guidance and to show people if, for example, their review for ToB is problematic.
- Unconference – Accepted for ILA!
- Volunteers needed
- Lisa, Joe, Kylie
- Volunteers needed
- Self-Care for Library Staff – Patti Palmer
- Will be an upcoming ILA Noon Webinar on Wed., June 9. More info from ILA should be coming soon.
- Presented by the Elmhurst Public Library social worker.
- Will not be at ILA.
- Check out the panels from YALL West, which Rachel Strolle helped with: https://www.yallwest.com/
- Discord – Any proactive privacy things you are doing?
- Can Discord (and other social media) be FOIA’d?
- Rachael tried an auto-delete bot. Teens complained that their recent messages had been deleted. But you can set it to keep posts for longer.
- PLA Webinar Panel – accepting proposals
- Rachel Strolle recommends Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
- 14-year-old protagonist
- Funny contemporary
- Iranian girl trying to get a homecoming date
- Rachel Strolle’s database of YA books: https://2021ya.tumblr.com/
- We will have forms out in the summer for a new Incoming Manager and board members.
Future Professional Development
- ALA Annual – June 24-29 Virtual
- C2E2 – December 10-12
- IYSI March 16-17, 2023 in Normal, IL
- ILA Noon Network – ongoing
- August 12, 2021
- September 9, 2021