ALA Midwinter 2013

#alamw13 Pleased to meet you. Let’s do lunch.

#alamw13 For me, conferences are about the hand shaking, making new friends, seeing old ones, hatching new plans, leveraging synergies, and going out for lunch at least three times each day. I’m not sure what’s going in my suitcase yet, but I know that I’ll have my stack of moo cards, MacBook, iPad and smart phone (all with the appropriate cords) in my carry-on. I like to leave my schedule open; I know I’m going to the Leadership and ALSC meeting on Saturday morning and the Children & Technology mini-meet up on Sunday morning, but for the rest of the time I’m going to follow the serendipity that usually ensues when you get a bunch of passionate, motivated and intelligent librarians together. This’ll be my first Midwinter, and I’m only going to be there for Saturday and Sunday because I had to strictly negotiate this “time off” with the hubby, who refers…

Blogger Cen Campbell

Thoughts for the New Year

This post is the librarian equivalent of Vegemite.  You will either love it or hate it. Librarians need to get the [BLEEP] out of libraryland; children’s librarians especially. Libraries don’t need saving. They need to provide services their communities need. Here are some tips to get you the [BLEEP] out of your comfort zone. 1. Get out of your branch. Don’t expect people to come to you.  There are many other services that fill information and entertainment needs now. Libraries are no longer entitled to being the only gig in town for books and movies; in fact, it’s often more trouble to access the library’s services than to just buy them online (either electronic or physical). Add value.  Think like a business.  Tailor your services to the needs of your community and then market the crap out of them. Get a kiosk at the mall. Establish mini libraries at transit stops….

Blogger Cen Campbell

Early Literacy in the Digital Age started out as a blog that reviewed book based apps for kids, until I realized that there are a lot of other review sources already doing that.  Not only did traditional journals review apps for kids (SLJ, Horn Book and Kirkus all review apps) but there were now all sorts of other review sources for book based and educational apps like Appitic, Common Sense Media and Digital Storytime. There were many places for children’s librarians to find out about good quality apps, but what was missing was a one-stop shop for resources that can help them incorporate apps and eBooks into their early literacy programming. I began documenting the entire process of the development of Tablet Tales, a musical digital storytelling pilot project based in the Santa Clara County Library District.  Elements of this project have now been expanded to early literacy programs in the Mountain View Public Library…

Blogger Cen Campbell

Face It! You Are a Children’s Librarian in the Digital Age

I posted an opportunity recently on the ALSC Listserv for children’s librarians to give some feedback to a start-up based in Silicon Valley that is developing a new eBooks distribution platform.  “This is great!”  I thought to myself.  “Children’s librarians know children’s literature and children’s electronic services better than any other profession, they’re always willing to share their expertise and they’ll understand what a great opportunity it is for them to speak directly with a children’s ebook developer to help create a platform that is well designed, age-appropriate and contains high quality content!” Boy, was this a learning experience for me.  A conversation erupted from this one post that didn’t have anything to do with Bookboard’s new service. Instead, children’s librarians from all over the country began voicing their opinions about what our profession’s role is when it comes to digital media for children.  The comments ranged from anecdotal evidence…