Administrative and Management Skills

Difficult Decision Making: When to Allow In-Person Programming

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.

Administrative and Management Skills

Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect: Why We Need Policies in Place

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?

Administrative and Management Skills

Ask ALSC: Storytime Collaboration

Welcome to Ask ALSC, where the Managing Youth Services Committee asks leaders in children’s libraries to share their response to an issue or situation.  We hope to showcase a range of responses to topics that may affect ALSC members. If you’d like to respond to today’s topics, or suggest a topic for the future, please leave a comment. As the country practiced stay-at-home safety, libraries and librarians dusted off their tools and created virtual storytimes and activities that created additional resources for families during this difficult time.

Administrative and Management Skills

Lucia Gonzalez: 2020-21 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Carol K. Phillips and Lucia Gonzalez. Each candidate was given eleven questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Lucia Gonzalez.

Administrative and Management Skills

Carol K. Phillips: 2020-21 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Carol K. Phillips and Lucia Gonzalez. Each candidate was given eleven questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Carol K. Phillips.