Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Diversity, Partnerships, Programming Ideas

Conference 2009 Experienced for the first time

Greetings from Idaho! I’m Kimbre Chapman and I run the Children’s Department at a library in the Boise area, Caldwell, Idaho. Have any of my fellow youth services librarians ever wondered why the ALA conference is scheduled in the middle of Summer Reading!? ALA has been over for a week now and I’m finally getting a chance to add a few comments, along with providing a few useful links.  It was certainly huge with over 13,000 people in attendance, and felt something like my visit to New York City.  I went prepared to be overwhelmed but interestingly was not. Maybe this was because I was expecting to be and was pleasantly surprised when that turned out to not be the case. It was big though, even though attendance was down due to the economy.  My first order of business was to attend the ALSC New Members Roundtable, which provided information about the division as well as…

Child Advocacy, Diversity, Library Design and Accessibility, Outreach, Partnerships, Professional Development, Programming Ideas, Special Needs Awareness

Programming for Children with Special Needs, Part Five

by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski In this final installment of the series examining programs for children with special needs and their families, I share ideas on two final topics: potential partnerships and future possibilities for this specialized programming. Partnerships As mentioned in Part One, reaching out to community organizations affiliated with special needs is beneficial not only to attract participants but also to gain feedback in both the planning and assessment of programming. Partnerships will be influenced by proximity, quality of contacts made and their willingness to support your efforts. The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County’s partnership with the Autism Society of Mecklenburg County has resulted in invaluable information being shared about a myriad of topics ranging from a better understanding of behaviors exhibited in the Library to use of the schedule board during programs and ultimately the production of a training video to assist other library staff considering…