I hope you and your loved ones are taking the best care possible during this time.
From the beginning of shelter-in-place orders, ALSC committee members, staff and leadership has been thinking of ways ALSC can support those in the profession during this time. We know one thing is certain: remaining connected is a bit difficult, but so much more important now than ever before.
How can we continue to network? How can we continue to share ideas? How can we continue to build on our passions in healthy ways during this time?
Using ALSC channels and platforms, I want to share just a few ways we can stay connected:
- Join a We Are ALSC Chat (WAAC):
- The ALSC Membership Committee hosted a first WAAC at the end of April to connect with others and share some initial thoughts on the impact of this pandemic in an informal setting.
- ALSC’s School Age Programs and Services Committee will be hosting a WAAC on May 21 at 6pm CST. Be on the lookout for a registration link on the ALSC website.
- Join discussions on ALA Connect:
- Join ALSC’s Community Forum, Impact of Covid-19 on the Library: Present and Future:
- Led by ALSC President, Cecilia P. McGowan, this will be a space for ALSC members to have an in depth discussion on the impacts of Covid-19 on the library and what will/could library life look like once we reopen our spaces.
- Follow ALSC on Twitter:
- As always, Twitter is an incredible social platform for sharing ideas, asking questions, and connecting with others. I learn so, so much about librarianship from our followers and friends on that platform!
These are just some ways to keep up with ALSC news and stay connected during this time. Have you found other ways? Have you found the time and energy to meet your professional development needs? If not, that’s okay. I’ve found great comfort and entertainment in simply binge-watching Ozark, Breaking Bad, and playing video games like Hollow Knight! I also recently finished reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (still crying, btw).
When you find the time and the energy, I hope you’ll check out ALSC’s open resources. We’ve opened some of our recent member-driven content for all to access.
Thank you for everything you have done, are doing, and will do to engage our communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children.
Elizabeth Serrano is ALSC’s Membership and Marketing Specialist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to reach out to her to say hello, ask your ALSC questions, or talk about Ozark and Breaking Bad.