The second day of #alsc16 Institute is well underway and providing much inspiration. As I sit and try to keep up with my note taking, discussion chat and twitter; my mind is spinning – in a wonderful way!
What can libraries do for our tiniest customers, our youngest patrons, our fledgling readers?
Imagine a publicly funded library, where barriers such as fines and fees disappear. Not just during a particular time, but each and every day. How many families may frequent the library without this barrier to service? Imagine, how many children may experience checking out their first library book. How many families may increase their frequency of reading when they do not need to worry about returning materials on time? Is this a reality in your library?
What’s so great about children’s library services? For one caregiver, storytime is so valuable that some days she is “too tired NOT to come!” In one of Thursday afternoon’s virtual institute sessions, “Stories Speak Louder than Numbers: Making the Case for Youth Services,” we heard from Hanna Lee, Nina Lindsay, and Jenna Nemec-Loise about how to talk about outcomes, not just outputs, when advocating for youth services.
Take a second to think about your community. What types of families do you see at your library?
Tech issues and discovering live tweeting made the beginning of the #alsc16 Virtual Institute a fun and connecting experience.
Working in an urban public library, diversity is always on my mind. Up until this year, I was disappointed with the published picture books, lacking representation of various cultures and family structures. Our newly acquired picture books are much better at depicting all types of children and families.
Thursday morning: it’s the first-ever Virtual Institute! After some bumps in the road getting in, we in the ALSC office were treated to Dr. Kathleen Gallagher’s keynote on storybooks and social justice.