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ALA’s Youth Council Caucus

  • Posted on January 3, 2016 at 9:39 PM

This year at Midwinter I will be serving as the Division Councilor for the American Association of School Librarians. I appreciate everyone who voted for me to serve in this capacity and take very seriously the role of communicating from ALA Council back to AASL and from school librarians to council. There are several opportunities to share and learn more. Below are two email contents I sent out in December. Here is the first:

Diane R. Chen, AASL Division Councilor

Diane R. Chen, AASL Division Councilor

Each year after Sunday’s ALA Council meeting, the Youth Council Caucus meets to discuss potential resolutions impacting youth and to focus on how council can improve services to youth. All interested councilors are invited to attend. According to the Scheduler the Youth Council Caucus meets 11:30-12:45 Sunday, January 10, 2016 in the Westin Waterfront Grand Ballroom.

The meeting is led by the three youth division councilors from AASL (Diane R Chen), ALSC (Jenna Nemec-Loise), and YALSA (Todd Krueger). Potential agenda items should be sent to these councilors for inclusion.

Throughout the year councilors can stay connected using the community in ALA Connect called Please visit this community and join.

and for the second email:

Hello, AASL members!
Do you like to meet new people and have awesome conversations?

Will you be at Midwinter 2016?

Would you like to learn more about how ALA governance impacts AASL, ALSC, YALSA, and the children and families we serve?
If you’ve answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then join your friendly neighborhood Division Councilors (including me) at any or all of the ALA Council Fora sessions happening in Boston!
Many people use these meetings as opportunities to bring resolutions to councilors and other members of ALA for feedback. Councilors like me want to answer your questions, listen to your feedback, and learn more about how  we can best represent the interests of our respective divisions, round tables, and chapters. These sessions are great chances to get in on the action!
To learn more about what is happening with the ALA Council and Executive Board, you can attend the Membership Information Session listed below, too. All ALA members are welcome!
Log in to the Midwinter scheduler ( to add one or more of these sessions to your Boston plans:
  • ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session: Saturday, 1/9/16, 3-4:30pm Westin Waterfront, Room Grand Ballroom
  • ALA Council Forum I: Saturday, 1/9/16, 8:30-10 p.m., Westin Waterfront, Room Commonwealth A & B
  • ALA Council Forum II: Sunday, 1/10/16, 8:30-10 p.m., Westin Waterfront, Room Commonwealth A & B
  • ALA Council Forum III: Monday, 1/11/16, 8:30-10 p.m., Westin Waterfront, Room Commonwealth A & B

Please contact me via email or by commenting in this blog if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I appreciate your interest and value your interaction.


  • Posted on January 3, 2016 at 8:53 PM

The website server went down the entire month of November and December. I confess that I took my vacation time to read voraciously instead of worrying about it since I have a friend helping to redesign the pages. I do apologize for the delays and the absence of posts lately. I am balancing my enjoyment of adult reading with my work reading for young adult/middle grade/children’s titles. Please note that I will post more this year than before as I am learning to be satisfied in all aspects of life. I think more of us could use some peacefulness in our lives. May this new year bring you calm peace and purposeful passion for education.