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, though, 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…

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…

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…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

ALSC Learning and Networking

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ALSC always has a learning or networking opportunity for you! ALSC Institute In case you missed it, National Institute registration has opened! This fall, children’s librarians, youth services staff, and others interested in library service to children will gather in Minneapolis, MN for ALSC’s two and a half day conference. The conference, themed “Dive In: Engage, Amplify, Activate” will be held October 1 – 3, 2020. The early bird deadline is June 29, but I would recommend registering as soon as possible. Education programs and descriptions are available on the ALSC website and a full list of keynote speakers will be announced soon. Our “Breakfast for Bill” program panelists will include: Bao Phi , Minh Lê , Cheryl Minnema, and Kalia Yang!  ALSC Webinars ALSC has a bunch of live webinars coming up! With topics ranging from advocacy to babies in the library, you’ll want to register for one of these upcoming webinars. If you cannot attend…

ALA Midwinter 2020

The Bronx and the YMAs #alamw20

I was born and raised in The Bronx, NY and I was super proud to see two Bronx born names mentioned in today’s Youth Media Awards announcements: Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Rudy Gutierrez, illustrator of Double Bass Blues. The Bronx is a gritty borough of NYC that’s filled with so much art and good, but the positives are most times overshadowed by the negatives. The only bookstore in the entire borough opened in the spring of 2019, so when I visited home last summer I had to check it out. I can’t seem to find any of the pictures I took of the inside, but the outside of the store was just as beautiful. Although there’s access to public libraries (thankfully), it does still make me sad to know that there is only one bookstore in an area with a population of over 1.4 million…

ALA Midwinter 2020

ALSC Staff Appreciation Post #alamw20

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ALSC staff works anywhere between 14 and 17 hours straight on the Sunday before the Youth Media Awards announcements. I’ve heard stories where it’s been even longer than that! So, before we really jump into Sunday, I want to send a quick ALSC staff appreciation post. I have the privilege of working with a group of 6 other people who are creative, funny, intelligent, and genuinely committed and interested in the work our 4,000 members do everyday for children and their families. I had to use the best of my artistic abilities to draw in Aimee (ALSC’s Executive Director) and Angela (ALSC’s Projects and Partnerships Program Officer) who could not make our group photo above. 

ALA Midwinter 2020

Don’t Forget to Submit your Mock YMA Results!

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The 2020 YMA’s are almost here! This year, I’ve had a lot of fun receiving and posting all of the mock elections submissions on the YMA Mock Elections page. It has given me an opportunity to pull and read some of the boo ks you have chosen as your winners and honors. The 2020 YMA Mock Elections page is still accepting your results through January 17! This will allow me time to post them prior to ALSC staff Midwinter travels. If you are joining us on site in Philly, the YMA’s will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom AB. If you will not be joining us on site, you can still watch the live webcast! Information about the live webcast can be found on the ilovelibraries website. Looking forward to it!

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ALSC Professional Awards season is here!

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We recently completed a 2019 Membership Needs Assessment survey and it was surprising to learn over 95% of ALSC members have not applied for any of the available Professional Awards, Grants or Scholarships *insert my sad face*. Here are some reasons why I thought ALSC members might be hesitant in applying: There is an application process along with requirements and criteria that should be met for each of these opportunities. This could be intimidating or time consuming, but I promise our amazing ALSC staff and selection committee members are here to help answer all of your questions! It could also be possible that ALSC members just do not know these opportunities exist! If you did not know they existed, I’m here to tell you that they do! *insert my happy face* ALSC awards over $100,000 in the form of awards, grants and scholarships every year and I have listed them…