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YSS Renames Scholarship

Every spring the Youth Services Section offers a one-day conference where the focus is totally on our section’s goals:

•    Providing quality library service to children and young adults throughout New York State.
•    Keeping members informed of the section’s current issues and events.
•    Providing opportunities for professional enrichment through coordination of conferences, workshops, publications and scholarships.
•    Being an advocate for youth services and youth service specialists in New York State.

Our Spring Conference Committee, headed up by the 3rd Year Director from our board, brainstorms ideas for workshop sessions that will give attendees information about current library trends and inspiration by spotlighting successful programs done in libraries across the state.  Many of these ideas come from our members’ requests and suggestions on those evaluation forms we ask you to fill out at conference programs.  The conference provides a wonderful learning experience for all who attend as well as great opportunity to meet and talk with others who work with the youth across the state.  

Each year YSS offers 2 conference scholarships to YSS members to encourage continuing education in the field of library youth services.  One is given to a newer member of our profession or a graduate library school student directing their plan of study to work in youth services in a public or school library.  The second is awarded to a veteran librarian because we continue to learn and grow professionally throughout our library careers.

At the recent NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs, YSS announced that the scholarship for the experienced librarian will now be call the “Lisa C. Wemett Spring Conference Scholarship” in honor of the YSS member who has led by example throughout her career.  Simply stated, Lisa is a “doer.”  Never does she make a suggestion without also offering the action steps to achieve it.  She has made substantial contributions to YSS.  Lisa has held numerous positions on the YSS board including President.  She has been the program planner or a committee member for several YSS and NYLA conferences.  She was the motivating force behind bringing the 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture to New York State and connecting the event to both the YSS Spring Conference and the Rochester Teen Book Festival to create an amazing literary weekend experience.  Though retired, she continues to help YSS by serving as our archivist.  And her love of libraries led her to work with others across the state to recreate the Empire Friends Roundtable as the newest NYLA Section, the Friends of Library Section.  Can you guess who the new section’s president is?

Youth Services librarians are unique.  We grow professionally and personally by giving to others.  We don’t take ownership of our achievements.  Instead we share our knowledge and enthusiasm for what we do and encourage others to take our ideas and make them their own.  We are willing to try something new in order to connect with the children, teens, and families in the community we serve.  We never stop learning.

“Inform, Inspire, Ignite!” is the theme of the 2015 Youth Services Section Spring Conference that will be held on Friday March 26 in Islandia, NY.   Registration for the conference is now open and applications for the conference scholarships will be accepted through February 2.  If you are a veteran librarian, I encourage you to apply.  You could be the first recipient of the Lisa C. Wemett Scholarship.  What an honor that would be!