Starting in a new role can be hard, especially if you’re the only one doing what you do in your building or your system. About two years ago, I switched positions from Youth Services Manager to Collection Development Leader and it’s been a big change. I’m now selecting and managing all our materials (youth and adult), cataloging, and working with vendors in a much more involved way than before. And one big challenge for me has been building my personal learning network (PLN) in this new-to-me area of library service. It has made me really appreciate the youth services PLN that I had built over the years and I want to make sure you have one, too.
You know what? I’m secretly an extrovert when it comes to talking about libraries. As I’m returning from (the last?) Midwinter conference, I’m reflecting upon what a great time I had at the ALSC social events this year and previous years. Thanks again to everyone who signed up for the Midwinter Dinners!
I teach children’s literature in a Canadian university and my students are the next generation of children’s services librarians. For the past 2 years I have held a class-wide Mock Caldecott. This serves the dual purpose of introducing them to a lot of current illustrated material and teaching them the specifics of this important book award. My hope is that they will be able to apply these same steps to other children’s book and media awards. After reading and book-talking eligible books all term, we came up with the following top 10 Mock Caldecott contenders, in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the illustrator.
I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend ALA’s Midwinter conferences, but as a new member of ALSC and a fairly quiet person, I know how easy it is to feel a bit lost in the shuffle. Large networking events can be overwhelming, and I always find it challenging to strike up conversations in a crowded room.
Over her career in librarianship, Susan Dove Lempke has been a children’s librarian, department manager, library director, and respected mentor to many. She is currently the Executive Director of the Niles Maine District Library in Niles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Being a member of ALSC can mean many things but for me it means always having a network of exceptional professionals, no matter where I am in my career. Through this professional network I have found my voice and how to use it, I have pushed myself to try scary things, and I have gained experiences I never would have anticipated as a library school student.
Did you know that most ALSC members got involved with ALSC because of encouragement from a mentor or colleague? Recruiting new members and spreading the ALSC joy is something that any member can do at any place within the organization, no formal committee appointment required. It’s not tough to do, and it can be more rewarding than you might think!
ALSC’s book award committees are a big deal, and for good reason. There’s nothing quite like attending the annual Youth Media Awards ceremony and getting to hear which new author or illustrator will be honored. The audience goes wild in support–standing, clapping, cheering, and celebrating in the best way possible. I always love seeing the committee members stand and wave to the audience when their award is named. Serving on a book award committee is a ton of work, but also…what a thrill!