All my synapses were firing at the 2017 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program today. At this program, titled Plugging into the Digital Age: Libraries Engaging and Supporting Families with Today’s Literacy, three experts presented the latest research on digital technology, how it relates to childhood development and childhood literacy, and how librarians can use this information to become more effective media mentors for both kids and adults.
I know that, to some, “social justice” is a scary word. A radical word. So, I was heartened to see how many people showed up early Sunday morning to attend a panel titled “Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship.”
Think about deselecting everything that does not circulate to dispose of unnesessary shelf units. This is exactly what the Speakers of “Stay and Play: Open Space for STEM” did at their libraries in Canada. Literally, they deselected 30% of the children’s collection.
On my first day of #alaac2017 I had the privilege of touring the Thomas Hughes Children’s Center at the Harold Washington Center. It recently had a soft opening and I fell in love at first site. (Cheesy, but true).
Twitter is one of the best ways to keep up with #alaac17. However I often find myself lost in the sea of Tweets. Here are some of my favorite ones and why.
The excitement is building! Following signs cheerfully held by members of the hard-working Local Arrangements Committee, hundreds and hundreds of attractively attired lovers of children’s literature are being enthusiastically led to one of the most gala events of the ALA Conference: The Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet!
It is early morning on Sunday and I am seated in a room full of people. People are standing by the entrance door, at the back of the room, and the side walls. I can easily assume we are all here for one purpose. We want to learn how to provide excelent customer service.
“Start with one person and see what can grow from there.” Marie Jarry and Joel Nichols gave advice on building partnerships between libraries and schools to close the opportunity gap for early literacy success.