So, this week I studied the YALSA website itself! What an extensive website at that. There were so many tabs to choose from I didn’t quite know where to start! I went to the “About” tab and started researching more about what their cause is and what they do what they do. This tab led me to find 5 key elements to their mission which are, “Advocate, Research, Train, Build Capacity, and Promote.” (YALSA) It made understanding what they dignify that much easier. YALSA advocates for literary initiatives like “District Days” which is a time to show the elected officials that we have in Washington DC what libraries have been doing and different changes that have been happening. YALSA researches different information through different sources like their “Research Agenda” And “Journal for Research on Libraries and Young Adults” which keeps their information current and accessible. This association offers continued educational training for libraries to ensure that their skills are up to date as much as they can. YALSA helps build capacity by providing $195,000 per year to libraries across the nation through grants that can help libraries implement different activities throughout the year in their districts. The biggest thing I think that YALSA does personally is helps promote book trends and the best teaching practices that you can use in the classroom which is a really helpful tool on their website.
I then went to look at the “Resources & Tools” tab which had a lot of fun different thing to explore! I always seem to have troubles finding books that broaden my reading range, especially in this class because even though I love to read, I don’t do it as much as I would like but this class really helps me with that! This website gives an “Ultimate YA Bookshelf” which I found really helpful. This list even comes in a PDF that is downloadable which I thought could be a really helpful tool not only for me in this class but for my students in my future classroom. One of the books that I have added to my reading list is, “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. I have heard about this book before, and remember seeing it when I was in high school and seeing it on this list just amplifies my need to read it. The next book I added to my list after researching this website was, “The Killer’s Cousin” by Nancy Werlin. The title of this book alone is pulling me in! The last one that I added to my list was, “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. This is a young adult book series that that has gotten several literary awards and is definitely something I am looking forward to!