Monday, April 23, 2007


thought I would post the report that I submitted to PaLA's Board and Council.


To: Board and Council, Pennsylvania Library Association

From: Ingrid Kalchthaler, Youth Services Division Chair
Subject: Youth Services Division Report

Date: April 20, 2007

It has been a busy and rewarding first quarter for the Youth Services Division. With the development of a weekly- updated blog, we seek to stay in communication more frequently and with greater ease. The Division blog address is:

Spring Continuing Education Workshops for Youth Services Professionals were planned for five locations across the commonwealth. At this time, two have taken place, the first in Shaler, the second in Johnstown. Three others will be held in May: Rymersburg, Norristown and Williamsport. Feedback from the first two workshops has been extremely positive and a full report will be made when the workshops conclude. We were very thankful to have received a $1,000 donation from Pittsburgh businessman, David W. Hunter, to help offset the costs for the workshop.

Shawn Sipe, current Chair of the Carolyn W. Field Award Committee, has announced the nominees for this year. Ballots will be mailed this summer. Dolores Colarosa, Head of Youth Services, Brentwood Public Library, has been appointed the Carolyn W. Field Award Chair for 2008 and has selected her committee. With the help of Shawn and Dolores, a new e-toolkit has been created for the future Chairs and members of the CWF Committee which should make this important job a bit easier.

Gratitude is deeply expressed to Ellen Wharton and Kim Snyder for all of their constant help and to all of the YSD members who have contributed to articles, volunteered to host a workshop or present, submitted proposals for the annual conference, contributed to the blog, among other things.

My only regret is that there are only eight more months left to this term!

Respectfully submitted,

Ing Kalchthaler
YSD Chair

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