Kylie Peters (Geneva), Manager; Krista Hutley (Wilmette), Incoming Manager
Sonya Hill (ELA Area), Social Media; Martha Buehler-Sullivan, YA Library Professional of the Year (Brookfield); Jennie Stephens (Thomas Ford), Tournament of Books
Maisie Iven, 2025 iRead Chair (Naperville); Andrea Johnson (Mount Prospect); Emily Meszaro (Frankfort); Elizabeth Towns-Law (Chillicothe); Niki Covello (Hillside); Nicole Lippoldt (LaGrange); Alice Dayton (Highwood); Elizabeth (Highwood); Aimee Paschkov (East Moline); Susan Garlisch (DeKalb)
Approval of Minutes
September 8, 2022 approved
What is YASF?
Kylie summarized the Young Adult Services Forum’s purpose and main goals and activities, including holding frequent meetings to discuss topics relevant to teen library services, offering professional development and networking opportunities, running the annual Tournament of Books, and awarding the Young Adult Library Professional of the Year award.
YA Library Professional of the Year Award – Martha
- Winner for 2022 was Allison Riggs, Schaumburg Township
- Nominations for the 2023 award will be open soon
Social Media – Sonya
- Twitter has seen an increase in engagement.
- Sonya is working on more fun posts on Facebook, which do well.
Tournament of Books – Jennie
- Submit 2022 titles for the 2023 awards: https://forms.gle/N5hTPXs5kjFKfkML8
- Nominees must be fiction and/or graphic novels published in 2022, no nonfiction or series books, including prequels and companion novels.
- At the January 2023 meeting, we will pick the 32 books from nominations that will compete in the Tournament
- A call will go out soon for reviewers. We usually need around 24 people.
Member at Large – Nicole
- No updates
iREAD – Maisie
- 2023 theme is Find Your Voice
- Submit program ideas for the 2024 theme “Read, Renew, Repeat” – https://www.ireadprogram.org/resources/summer-2024-read-renew-repeat/call-for-resource-guide-submissions
- Vote for the 2025 tag line theme, which will be based around puzzles and games – https://padlet.com/meredithiven/ynd7lfdlkhtbr85w
IYSI committee – Lisa (via email)
- The Illinois Youth Services Institute will be held March 16-17, 2023 in Bloomington-Normal
- Registration opens January 23 – https://www.ila.org/events/illinois-youth-services-institute
- Board changes take effect October 31!
- Welcome Andrea Johnson as our new Incoming Manager!
- Thank you Iza for three years of service in YASF managerial roles!
- Starting at the November meeting, Kylie will be Outgoing Manager and Krista will be Manager
- Board Positions
- Heather Colby will be the committee leader for the YA Library Professional of the Year award
- Erin Faxel will be the Board Member At-Large
Meeting dates for 2022-2023 with links to register can be found on our blog’s Upcoming Meetings page
- Booth Activities
- Button making has been a hit
- Lots of votes in our One Book to Rule Them All tournament
- Check our blog in early November to learn the winner of the One Book to Rule Them All
- Missed a session? Check the blog in early November for write-ups on teen-related sessions
- Unconference Feedback
- Two fewer options per timeslot would have ensured tables were more full
- One session shorter so folks could talk longer at their tables
- Timeslot at 8am was rough and could have contributed to turnout numbers
February Professional Development Ideas
- Media literacy for teens that is appropriate but not boring
- The CRAP method (Currency, Reliability, Accuracy, Point of View) is not effective with teens
- Public librarians need media literacy tools developed specifically for them and not a school library/classroom setting
- Recommendation for Common Sense Media’s program: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship
- Teen Reading/Literacy
- Younger teens are struggling with reading after the pandemic shut-down
- Ways to promote reading that’s not embarrassing for teens struggling to catch up from the pandemic
- Recommendation for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant programs – https://www.dgliteracy.org/
- Post-Covid Public and School Library Partnerships
- Schools are harder to reach in this time of catch-up and troubleshooting
- Increase in children’s and teen’s behavior problems
- Teachers are struggling to protect their jobs and want to avoid standing out
- The public librarian’s goal is to make teachers’ jobs easier, not make the teachers work harder
- Recommendation from a library that mails a one-page “menu of services” to all teachers in the first week of school that can be mailed back with requests
- Recommendation from a library that used to do a school librarian breakfast (for multiple schools) hosted at the public library to bring everyone together
Future Professional Development