Libraries big and small need the support of their communities. In pre-COVID times, fundraising could run the gamut from a book sale to a large Gala with a keynote author. This is yet another area where libraries have had to pivot to the “new normal”. Cindy Sharek, Director of Donor Relations for the King County Library System Foundation, shares how they’ve adapted. How are you using Virtual Campaigns? The KCLS Foundation participates every year in three giving days. Library Giving Day (April 23) GiveBig (May 5-6) Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) In 2020, these were even more important to our fundraising for the year. All three were virtual and we had great results. We used email campaigns, social media posts, and direct mail to spread the word. We were able to put together a strong match pool for Library Giving Day and raised over $110,000 between GiveBig and Library Giving Day….
We are in a historical moment. A pandemic. We can’t do what we have always done, and maybe that’s a good thing. I hope that our systems, our peers, and ourselves take a second or eighth look at what we have always done and see the potential to do more or rediscover what we could do. As numbers increase across the country, and more uncertainty looms with the flu season upon us, it’s getting kind of hard to go work. Even if you love it. And so many of us really do. This is a difficult time to work in the public, and it’s a difficult time to manage those who do. Psst. I don’t actually have any answers. I keep going because it’s my job, and I want to serve my community and support my staff. So, to go on… I practice safety at work. I wash my hands…
I’ve been a member of the Association of Library Service to Children for over fifteen years. Well, I think; since they stopped sending out membership cards, I can’t keep track. However long it’s been – it was at least a decade before the question of money ever occurred to me: Is ALSC solvent? Does it have money? Who pays for all the ribbon tags people wear at conference? On the great range between Donald and Scrooge, where does this organization actually fall? I asked these questions for the first time a few years ago because I had just joined the Budget Committee, and suddenly the idea of finances was front-and-center in my committee work. It was a two year appointment, and after bouncing around ALSC for a few years, I’m back once again. Yes, it really is that much fun! No, that’s not sarcasm. I’m here again, aren’t I? The…
The ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute, one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology, is taking place in just a few weeks on October 2nd and 3rd. This year’s schedule includes six general sessions of authors, illustrators, and thought leadership in children’s literacy and development; a robust slate of education programs; and other virtual networking opportunities. The ALSC Blog would love your help! We are looking for Virtual Institute attendees to volunteer as live bloggers; these live bloggers are invited to write about what they are learning and experiencing as they attend sessions so those who are #leftbehind can share your excitement and enthusiasm.
During some recent discussions to restructure the ALSC committees, it was decided that the ALSC Building Partnerships committee would end after ALA Annual 2020. The hope is that partnerships can be worked into all of the different committee work that ALSC does, rather than have a separate committee for this charge.
My year as President has ended and I wanted to thank you all for your support of ALSC during our eventful year. I’m using this blog as an opportunity to wrap up our year and to thank key individuals who have made our important work possible.
As a Youth and Family Services Manager, I make decisions all the time. But to be honest, the most difficult decision I have ever made was deciding to cancel all of our summer in person programming. As many of you who program for families know, the summer is our busiest season. It’s truly the time for public libraries to shine, to showcase their offerings, to provide something special and hook new users, and to engage with the community. So, it’s incredibly difficult to make the decision to not offer in-person programming during that time.
We have all been there: witness to a parent/child interaction that gives you pause. Or having a child in a program share with you something that raises red flags for that child’s well being. As children’s librarians, how do we handle these situations? How can establishing clear policies and procedures about suspected abuse or neglect help us to navigate them?