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The Library Services for Children Journal Club

Serving children in libraries is a busy job. With programming, weeding, answering reference questions, putting up displays, managing budgets, coordinating schedules, and working on special projects it can often feel like there is just no time for professional development. Carving out the time and finding the resources can easily get pushed to the side in favor of more time sensitive demands. That’s exactly why we created a new professional development resource for anyone serving children in libraries.

Library Service for Chilldren Journal Club logo The Library Service for Children Journal Club is a discussion group that meets bi-monthly to talk about current trends and research that affect our practice. Every two months we select an article that falls into one of the following themes: child development, STEAM, community engagement, inclusivity, library as place, and policy and practice. In November we focused on executive function in early childhood, and we’ve got an evaluating apps article selected for our upcoming January discussion.

The research articles are posted on our website and we encourage people to form local groups that get together and share their thoughts on the readings. Some groups choose to have discussions at staff meetings, while other groups make it a social event and host a potluck or head to their local bar. It’s whatever works for you!  If you can’t organize a local meeting, you can join the conversations online. Follow the hashtag #lscjournalclub on Twitter or volunteer to write a blog post with your reflections. You can always contact us if you’d like help setting up a local group or would like to share your thoughts on our blog.

Our hope is that the Library Services for Children Journal Club provides the structure and tools we need to stay on top of current research. The more informed we are of research-based practice, the better our service to children in libraries.


Today’s guest post was written by Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Christie Menzo. 

Headshot of Lindsey Lindsey Krabbenhoft is a children’s librarian in Vancouver, B.C. You can find her blogging and singing on Jbrary, a YouTube channel and blog featuring resources for storytime and other youth services topics. She tweets on the regular about early literacy, poetry, and her 6-year-old sidekick at @lmkrabbenhoft.

Headshot of ChristieChristie Menzo helps facilitate the development and implementation of early years library services at libraries in Vancouver, B.C. Her past library experience ranges from children’s librarian to adult community outreach roles, however her passion lies in promoting early literacy and strengthening research and critical dialogue in the field. She also adores her fluffy white canine companion and can be found belting out show tunes to anyone who will listen!

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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