ALA Midwinter 2018

Leadership and ALSC at #alamw18

One of my favorite parts of Ala Midwinter 2018 was the Leadership and ALSC program. It started with an opening message from ALSC President Nina Lindsay, an update from the ALA Washington office and then a part where everybody in the room introduced themselves and said where they worked and their affiliation with ALSC. This part was super awesome because you were able to put faces to names and make new connections with people. I would highly recommend individuals to go to this program at future conferences. The second half of the program was a presentation- “Toxic Stress in the Library: The Upstream Impact of Life Adversity on Children,” presented by Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW. The dynamic and brilliant duo tackled important and relevant issues about toxic stress and how it influences the way public libraries provide services to children. They provided real-life examples and solutions which they…

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Summer Reading for Managers

Many of us working with kids and teens spend our reading time catching up on the books we’re excited to recommend to our readers. We encourage our patrons to continue reading and learning all through the summer so they can start the school year ready to grow. What if we did the same for ourselves? What if we carved out a little time over the summer (and all year round!) to educate ourselves on improving management skills? Here are a couple titles to start your reading journey. Please leave your suggestions for great management reading in the comments!   Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg               Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath                 Lean In: Women, Work, and the…

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Why Children’s Librarians Should Run the World (or at least the library)

I’ve been thinking about leadership a lot lately as the Managing Children’s Services Committee has played a role in the ALSC Mentoring Program.  I’m always blown away by the quality of people we have working in the children’s department, and equally surprised that we don’t have even more children’s librarians who are moving up into management positions.

ALA Midwinter 2015

Leadership & ALSC Kicks Off Advocacy Button Campaign #alamw15

As part of the Everyday Advocacy campaign, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is giving away buttons with a call to action. The buttons, emblazoned with the slogan “Creating a Better Future for Children through Libraries,” will be available at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. Attached to each button will be a tip sheet, created by the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee, which includes talking points to help articulate the value of youth library service. A virtual button will be available to those who are not able to attend either conference. The campaign will be launched at the Leadership & ALSC session on Saturday, January 31 at 8:30am in McCormick Place West W179. For more information on the campaign, please visit the Everyday Advocacy website:

ALA Annual 2014

Children’s Librarians in the Lead #alaac14

As anyone who has ever worked as a children’s librarian or teen librarian knows, youth services librarians are basically superheroes. Many of us do a little bit of everything in the library, even though it is probably not included in our job descriptions. This great panel session featuring three successful ladies who have risen through the ranks from children’s librarians exhibited how we can use the many facets of youth librarianship to become leaders, managers and even directors. The hour long session was absolutely packed with awesome advice but a few points especially stood out to me. Remember that you have to give up stuff. You want to move up to a management position, great! If you are at a larger library, don’t expect to be able to keep doing that storytime program you love or order the juvenile fiction every month. You will have to take on more responsibilities…

Call to Action

Come in, The Council Water is Fine!

This past month, I finished my first full term as Wisconsin’s Chapter Councilor on the ALA Council.  It has been a great adventure and I can hardly wait for the next two years of services as I continue my term. I have spent decades as an ALSC leader – serving on committees and as committee chair on process committees and even a time or two on an award committee. I have also spent decades as a leader in my own state association.  Combining these two streams of process junkie-hood and leadership makes for a perfect preparation for Council.   When I first talked to my library colleagues both in state and nationally about my new Council service, the biggest surprise I had was how many sympathized for me and thanked me for serving in such a difficult assignment.  What?!?! Were they nuts? I was looking forward to a new level…