Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Year in Review

On January 1, 2018 I wrote about my three library resolutions and goals for the coming year. A quick recap, the goals were:    Clean out my supply closet.  I inherited a wonderful supply closet, but because we have such a supportive community, it is extremely well stocked.  My goal is to better understand what we have, how we can use it, and streamline! Familiarize myself with our Teen Manga collection.  Manga is huge with our Teens, but unfortunately, I’m not nearly as up-to-date on what’s popular as I can be.  Luckily, I met some wonderful people at YALSA who, with the help of their teens and tweens, keep active Manga blogs.  I’m eager to carve some time out when I’m off desk to read through their blogs and start reading more books. Create a more welcoming space…for everyone! After school, our library is packed.  Parents, students, girl scouts- everyone wants…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Children’s Librarians Are Experts at Building Collections That Reflect Their Communities

One of the things I love most about my job is collection development.  I love keeping an eye out for titles that may appeal to one or two reluctant readers I know, and buying books that I think may become new favorites. What I really love though, is buying books that beautifully reflect my local and global communities in an accurate way.

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Getting back on the horse

Four years ago, I was what one would call an extremely active ALA and ALSC member.  In addition being a full-time graduate student, I was a guest blogger for ALSC, served on the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee, and served on the GLBT-RT’s Stonewall Book Award Committee, and unsuccessfully attempted to manage an EMIERT committee.  I attended conferences, participated in listserv discussions–the works! But then I got sick and I wasn’t able to attend Annual. And then, I had to step back from committee work, blogging, all of it. Personally, I found it disheartening and frustrating.  Over the past year, year and half, I’ve started to get involved again, but it’s difficult.  While I was healing networking and connections fell to the wayside, and I felt out of the loop. Deciding to get back involved with ALSC and ALA was an easy decision for me.  I wasn’t sure how to restart,…