More of our patrons are getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and our library systems are slowly easing back to normal operating hours and codes of conduct. Children’s librarians are still walking a tightrope of safely providing services while dealing with the reality that our charges (children ages 0-12 years old) are not able to get vaccinated yet. Outdoor programming is great for families that can make it work for their schedules and register far enough in advance to avoid being put on a waitlist. However most of my families do not fit into that category. This summer my library has maintained our focus on “take and make” crafts and projects, and put an increased amount of effort into creating engaging passive programs that families can participate in during their brief visits to pick up books and report summer reading challenge points.
Library associations are key advocates for the future of libraries. These associations are made of membership from academic, public, school, special, and state libraries. However, in order to communicate an effective message, the many must become one. One Voice leads to stronger membership, stronger professional development, stronger legislative cohesiveness, and stronger advocacy effectiveness. The State Ecosystem Task Force of the Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) was created to help build stronger relationships between associations, state library organizations, and ALA. The task force created One Voice: The Toolkit to help library organizations access and extend the strength of their ecosystems. What is a library ecosystem? The Library Ecosystem definition from the ALA Ecosystem Initiative Website is as follows: A library ecosystem is the interconnected network of all types of libraries, library workers, volunteers, and associations that provide and facilitate library services for community members; families; K-20 learners; college and university communities;…
We’ve learned a lot in the last year about being flexible and working remotely. As we gear up for the second round of virtual visits, we reached out to Children’s Librarians at the King County Library System to hear what they’re planning. Thanks to Jenn Carter (JC), Sharon Chastain (SC), Jennifer Duffy (JD), and Mie-Mie Wu (MW) for sharing their experiences and ideas. What’s one of your favorite in-school visit memories?
Hello youth services librarians and library staff. National Library Week is right around the corner. This year, the annual advocacy event will take place from April 4-10, with the theme, “Welcome to Your Library.” In 1958, the first year that National Library Week was established with the theme, “Wake Up and Read” – it was the first event of its kind to promote literacy and celebrate libraries at the national level (1).
Each year the American Indian Library Association and Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association team up to offer a total of 4 grants worth $750 each to encourage libraries, schools, and community organizations who serve Asian American, Pacific Islander American, and/or American Indian children and families to conduct intergenerational programs to celebrate the cultural heritage of their communities.
Once again, the Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee is excited to share another hard working ALSC committee with you! ALSC process committees create valuable programs, publications, and resources for youth librarians. While we love our book awards, we also love our toolkits, webinars, best practices, and networking opportunities… and all of this value is for members, by members! Previously we have featured the School Age Programs & Services Committee and the Library Services to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee. This month we wanted to highlight the work done by the Early and Family Literacy Committee. Current Co-Chairs Lori Romero and Joanna Ward were kind enough to answer some questions about their committee and the work they do.
The Association for Library Service to Children is excited to announce its upcoming community forum, Our Work Matters: Advocating for Children’s Services. The forum will take place on February 25 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Central Time. The topic of the February Community Forum was developed from a blogpost by ALSC President Kirby McCurtis on Nov. 10 – Our Work Matters. As libraries respond to the circumstances of the pandemic by tightening budgets, it is vital for children’s library workers to advocate for the value of their work. First, members of ALSC’s own Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee will invite ALSC members to consider how they define advocacy before highlighting current ALSC and ALA advocacy resources and sharing simple and concrete ways ALSC members can step up their advocacy game. This brief presentation will be followed by a member feedback and Q&A session. Next, the Community Forum will feature an…
The start of a new year is a great time to set new goals, work on new projects, and begin advocating for libraries! Reaching out to share information about your library and voicing your opinions on legislation that impacts libraries can lead to tangible benefits in terms of funding and community support. However, getting started in advocacy often can feel intimidating and overwhelming. To help, Justin de la Cruz, Chair of the Committee on Library Advocacy, and Joe Thompson, Chair of the Committee on Legislation, have answered some questions you may have so you, too, can advocate like a pro!