- LibLearnX 2022

Highlights from the #LibLearnX Virtual Mystery Hunt

It’s Day 4 of LibLearnX, and I am so excited for all the #ALA Youth Media Award winners and honorees! There are several titles on those lists that are new to me, and I can’t wait to hunt them down and give them a look.

To wind down from all that joyful energy, I returned to complete the Virtual Mystery Hunt, and it was more challenging than I expected, but I WAS VICTORIOUS. I’m happy to have finished, but beyond the brain itch these puzzles scratched so nicely, I actually learned a lot about ALA and all it has to offer. Here are some of the highlights:

ALA’s new eLearning platform for members is really nice, and it pointed me to a few archived events I can watch and learn from at anytime — for FREE. I’m thinking about getting started with “Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Embedding Music Activities to Support Texts and Engage Participants.”

Another resource the Mystery Hunt shared with me is the Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries toolkit from AASL. Even though I work in the Public Library, this is an incredibly valuable tool for anyone working with youth and children in today’s fraught environment.

I’ve been an ALA member on an off for several years, but when the Mystery Hunt took me to the New Member Center I learned that ALA members get a discount on expected things (like Booklist subscriptions) and unexpected things (like Pet Insurance)!

Even though I’ve been involved with YALSA for awhile now, I loved seeing the invitation for new volunteers, possible even if all you have is five minutes!

Finally, it was a good reminder that ALA members receive a discount on books in the ALA Store, a great way to continue your learning and support your fellow librarian professionals! Several titles caught my eye, including these two fascinating (and lovely!) titles:

Conference Blogger Sara Beth Coffman is a student in the MSIS program at UTK, pursuing a second career in public librarianship after many years as a teacher. A writer and reviewer, Sara Beth also works with children and youth at the Chattanooga Public Library and served as member-manager for YALSA’s blog The Hub in 2021. Sara Beth is looking forward to all the inspirational and educational sessions at LibLearnX and can often be found (or overheard) eating tortilla chips.

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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