One can’t help but to be publicly aware of so many things these days. And if you are a walking, talking, breathing, adult, anywhere in the world, you are certainly aware of the current intense interest in the power and persuasiveness of social media. The role of librarians when it comes to helping their patrons negotiate and assess the information that comes from those sources varies greatly depending upon your community, your library, your job.
Have you already started planning for this year’s Día celebrations? El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is a celebration of children and reading across all language and cultures. While it is intended to be celebrated all year long, April 30 marks a special day of nationwide events. ALSC has a number of resources ready to support your events, all available at dia.ala.org. Here are links to some of the great content found there: Fact Sheet: Learn about the history and goals of Día. Free Program Downloads: Explore resources including the publicity toolkit, web badges, coloring sheets, activity ideas, and booklists with groupings by grade on “Building STEAM with Día” and a “20 Years of Día.” Don’t miss the special Book Day Cake recipe! Program Registry: Join the Día community by entering your event in the program registry. See what your colleagues are cooking-up and share your plans…
Governmentally speaking, the year 2017 has been a rocky one thus far. Our new president and his administration (as well as the 24-hour news and social media cycles) continue to instigate deep political, social, and cultural divisions within our nation. Given the current environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
No matter your preference—email, tweets, print, Pinterest—The Association for Library Service to Children makes it easy to network with fellow ALSC members, keep on top of ALSC news, and learn about developments in our profession.
I’m an expert, you’re an expert, and we are all experts in the field of children’s services. We congratulate the winners of the “I’m An Expert Contest.” Each received a bag of badges and opportunity to be featured on the ALSC Blog.
In today’s tech-driven society, parents are faced with the difficult task of helping their children use electronic media and online devices safely and effectively. ALSC Board Member Amy Koester thoughtfully addresses this issue in her op-ed for Media Planet’s Education and Career News, explaining that when parents and caregivers need help guiding their children on the use of technology and online content, they can turn to librarians for assistance.
The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee makes your job easier by handing you ready-to-use bibliographies of recently published, diverse books.
We are helpers, we are sanctuaries, and we are here to serve. On Friday, ALSC published the Unity. Kindness. Peace. booklist for librarians, parents, caregivers, teachers and other caring adults faced with children asking tough questions about the recent election and looking for positive ways to take action. Thank you, Quicklists Consulting Committee, for your rapid response to this need. The booklist is available for free download on the ALSC website at www.ala.org/alsc/unitykindnesspeace.