2018 Election Results

Congratulations to the election winners, and thanks to all candidates for their enthusiasm and willingness to serve YSS.

1st Vice President/President-Elect

Amanda Schiavulli

Position Statement

When I first became a resident of New York, I never knew that I would be part of such an amazing community of library professionals. After planning the very successful 2017 YSS Spring Conference, I can absolutely say that NY has some of the most enthusiastic and forward thinking librarians I have ever met. Becoming 1st VP/President-Elect will allow me to continue connecting with libraries from around the state while reimagining the YS Department at my new position in Liverpool, NY.

Change is never easy, but always necessary. Sometimes to elicit change, you must be the change. Ask the questions no one wants to ask, push for your beliefs and (try to) have fun doing it! As youth services professionals, we must look at the library of the future for our youngest patrons and their caretakers. Educating caretakers on the importance of library services should be a top priority for libraries. Otherwise, they can easily become a barrier for children to access the library. It is my goal to secure a life-long love of reading and libraries, not only to children, but also to families. I look forward to growing and changing with you for 2020!

1st Year Director

Chrissie Morrison

Position Statement

Despite leaving a full-time librarian position in 2015, I still keep myself fairly active in “libraryland.” I am the Youth Programmer at my hometown [Mechanicville District Public] library and I work as both a substitute and storytime librarian at the nearby Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library.

Since I began working in Youth Services, more than 13 years ago, I have done toddler storytimes, teen lock-ins, and pretty much everything in between. I’ve been published and had programs featured in VOYA. I’ve been invited to present programs for NYLA Conferences, YSS Conferences, and other conferences put on by library systems and associations around NY State. I was even contracted to present the Teen SRP workshop series for the state of Missouri!

In addition to presenting workshops, I have been involved in NYLA in many capacities through the years. I have really enjoyed getting to know so many amazingly talented people through NYLA and YSS, and I can’t wait to meet even more of you as I work to plan the 2021 YSS Spring Conference!


Elissa Valente

Position Statement

Throughout my career I have actively sought ways to further the field of youth and teen librarianship. I am a strong advocate for library services to both youth and teens, and those services need to be both protected and applauded. Libraries provide a community safe zone, valuable resources, endless learning opportunities, and a social meeting point. Joining the YSS board would give me the opportunity to continue to promote library services, while also networking with other professionals to ensure high quality services for our youth and teens.