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TikTok as a Form of Advocacy

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Despite the fate of social media platform TikTok still being in limbo, librarians, authors, and educators continue to embrace it as a place for advocacy. As social media has grown and evolved over the past two decades, one thing is certain: people will always find ways to gather and create community on these virtual platforms. And while many parents and educators lament their children’s time being consumed by smartphones and social media, #BookTok seems to be having a positive impact on people’s reading habits.  Below is just a small sample of the types of community being centered around libraries, books, and intellectual freedom via TikTok (and Instagram). If TikTok is indeed banned, there is no doubt people will find other places to gather in community, but as of right now, the advocacy work continues.  This is just a selection of people/institutions doing the advocacy work. You do not need a…

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Opinions of Middle School Students Who are Frequent Users of BOTH Their School AND Public Libraries

So I’ve been thinking a lot about our “frequent fliers,” those kids who visit our school library often.  Sometimes they come because they read nonstop and they tear through books like tornadoes, and sometimes they are in the library because the library is their safe space. I decided to reach out to the kids who use BOTH our school library and one of our local public libraries and see what appeals to them about their libraries and why they use them both. I created a short google survey and emailed it to our students, just over 650 kids in grade 5 – 8.  I wanted to know what they liked about each library, and what they’d like to see done to improve each as well.  Students’ responses were anonymous, so no one was forced to give a name or email address that would identify their identity. I received 45 responses,…

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Join Us for the Next We Are ALSC Chat – Register TODAY

Our next chat, “Do I Self-Censor? How to Avoid This Pitfall,” will be Thursday, April 11th at 12:00 Noon (CT). We Are ALSC Chats build community within children’s librarianship. Led by ALSC Committees, these informal chats are open to members and non-members and are designed to be online networking chats for resource sharing and discussion around timely topics in children’s services. Dr. Karin Perry is an Associate Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University. She spends most of her time reading Children’s and YA books, adult romances, doodling on her iPad Pro, and watching true crime documentaries on YouTube. She lives in the country with her husband of almost thirty years and her adorable, sassy Chihuahua, Pennie. Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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Final Thoughts of #PLA2024

Four days, eight hours of travel, and 4,482 miles later, the #PLA2024 conference ends. I was able to attend this conference because I had the honor of being awarded the PLA conference scholarship for library students. With these funds, I could participate in my first-ever PLA conference. As a #PLA2024 conference scholarship awardee, I was given a year of ALA and PLA membership, paid complete conference registration, and $750 to help pay for the conference expenses. For this year, there were more than 100 award winners. Check out my fellow peers with this link.

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Knowing our value(s) at #PLA2024

If you had asked me just a few years ago, I would never have dreamed I’d be geeking out over sessions on data analysis or communication at the Public Library Association conference this year.  This children’s librarian tends to feel the most comfortable in the sunshine-y part of libraries, but the reality is that in these past few years, all librarians have found themselves amid challenges they may never have expected in the past.  To me, that means that I need to learn how to place the (perpetually lovely) world of rhymes and readiness amid its (often tricky) wider community context. Digging into disagreement So on the final day of this conference, I attended two sessions: Communicating During Controversy: How to Lead with What You Believe and Data Analysis for Equity and Opportunity: Analytical Frameworks in Action.  Each session was led by a panel of experts in their field.  There…

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Networking at a Table Full of Beads

I am here to attest to the absolute joy and calm that the Boulder Public Library’s Library Lodge brought to so many #pla2024 attendees, particularly the Friendship Bracelet area. A huge thank you goes to the staff who came to Columbus, and to their colleagues back home who kept the library running. Three days of sessions and exhibits is a lot to take in, and knowing this space was here as a respite helped many an attendee regroup and process the ideas and information heard, whether inside our own heads or more often, in conversation with others at the table.