Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Tough Conversations – Resources to Share

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In my personal networks over the past few months, the question, “How do we talk to the kids about this?” has repeatedly surfaced as these continue to be challenging and unjust times. Every time I read or heard this question, I was reminded of the value of being a part of ALSC. Every time I read or heard this question, I was able to share an ALSC booklist, resource, or an article developed by (or which featured) our members. Below are the resources I’ve shared with friends and family, incase it is also helpful to you in supporting your own families and communities: Tough Topics booklist (grades K-8): Personally, what I appreciate about these lists is that, in addition to the titles, they also include trusted resources for adults to explore. Unity and Justice booklist #LooktoLibraries Resources: In particular, I have shared the Tough Conversations Tip Sheet. (A warm shout…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Big Acts of Kindness

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I think the phrase “small act of kindness” is interesting. How can any act of kindness be considered small? What does “small” mean? Small to whom? In a recent blog post, I highlighted the ways ALSC, as an organization, has delivered on our core values. I’ve also highlighted some of the ways in which I’ve seen members of our ALSC community share with one another this year. Now, similarly, through an ALSC lens, I’d like to list some of the big acts of kindness I’ve seen: Being the staff member tasked with monitoring the @wearealsc Twitter is sometimes challenging, but it’s so worth it when I see our community exchange ideas and encourage one another in and outside of #librarylife. From a “good luck” tweet on an upcoming job interview to a “that looks amazing” tweet when someone bakes a yummy looking pie– these are big acts of kindness to…

Collaboration

Demonstrating ALSC Core Values

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I was really moved by Keary’s blog post earlier this week on what an ALSC membership means to her. It was personal and got to the heart of the value of ALSC. I think the main question I have tried to ask and answer this year is: How can we ensure our members will continue to lean on ALSC even during these challenging times? One answer I came up with is: Building trust and community. Follow-up question: So, how do we continue to build trust and community? Answer: Doing things, however big or small, which strongly affirm our core values. In case you didn’t know, ALSC’s core values are: collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness.  I want to highlight some of my personal favorite things we’ve done this year, big and small, which affirm our core values.   1.       Back in March (I think…

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

Minh Lê, Carole Lindstrom, Siman Nuurali and more at #alsc20!

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Have you registered for our Virtual Institute yet? We have a bunch of great programs and speakers lined up! Some include: Breakfast for Bill Program “Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature” featuring Minh Lê, Siman Nuurali, Bao Phi, and Kao Kalia Yang! General Session “We Are Water Protectors” featuring Michaela Goade and Carole Lindstrom. These are just two but there are many others! You can find them listed on the schedule posted on the #alsc20 website. Educational Programs This year, our educational programs fall under our themes of: Collaborate, Include, Innovate, and Respond. Below is a random selection of one program associated with each of these themes. Collaborating to Create Welcoming Spaces for Children, Youth and Families Where do you start when you want to make a change to a library space?  How do you create buy-in with stakeholders who hold different knowledge and multiple perspectives? This session…

Collaboration

Sharing. #weareALSC

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I recently recorded a quick Q&A video with Children & Libraries Journal Editor, Sharon Verbeten. Did you know she has been the CAL journal editor for 18 years?! I did not know that! But one of the other statements she made during our Q&A that really stuck with me was, “We like to share in ALSC,” and now more than ever I have found this to be true. This has been a time where so many of us have probably felt isolated at different levels, in different ways. For me, it’s been really heartwarming to see ALSC members continuing to share knowledge and offer support to each other in the ways they can. I’d like to highlight some of the ways I’ve seen members “share” with each other during the past few months: Sharing via the ALSC Blog: We’ve had so many posts during the past few months that share…

ALA Virtual Conference 2020

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Misty and Kirby at ALA Virtual Event

One of the things I loved about ALA’s Virtual Event today was that I saw and heard mention of some of our ALSC leaders! We saw ALSC President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis, in conversation with Opening Session speaker, Misty Copeland! Wasn’t that a nice surprise? I also briefly attended the Serving the Transgender Community: It’s More than Just Bathrooms! session where a panelist mentioned Immediate Past-President, Dr. Jamie Naidoo, and his work and training’s on serving LGBTQ+ families in the library. Here is a peer-reviewed Children & Libraries article by Jamie published in 2018.   I thought it was really powerful to see our ALSC leadership present in these conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion. With a new service year coming up, I think this is a good time to remind ALSC members that our board meetings are open to all. We always post our schedules, links to register, and documents online…

Pandemic

ALSC & You: Staying Connected

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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…

Uncategorized

ALSC Blog Update: March 17, 2020

As a member driven organization, ALSC relies on the time, expertise, and dedication of our 4,000 members to create content and move association work forward. During this time, we know our members are focusing on their families, their own work, and how to best serve those they care about and their communities. We hope to pick back up on regular posts on the ALSC Blog soon. Please feel free to continue to share helpful or interesting resources you are using during this time in the comments under the pinned post: ALSC is Thinking of You and Asking for Your Strategies in Coping with COVID-19.