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Today’s Signals Can Inform Tomorrow’s Libraries #LibLearnX

Thank you to Chance Hunt for the really interesting discussion about using signals from today’s headlines to project potential challenges and advancements for libraries of the future. Mr. Hunt described Strategic Foresight as the ability to see all the possibilities of a new technology; to recognize the good and bad implications in order to be proactive in our planning.

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The Annoying SpiderMan: Overcoming the Shelving Challenges of Comics & Graphic Novels Through In-House Classification #LibLearnX

Every time I am shelving in our comics and graphic novels section, I face the following reality: comics and graphic novels do not easily conform to our traditional classification schemes. LibLearnX Presenter Jack Phoenix knows this and offered a fantastic presentation on in-house classification alternatives that just might fix the problem AND make your comics and graphic novels more browsable, more visually appealing, and more accessible. Phoenix, author of the 2020 book Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library: Graphic Novels, Manga, and More, noted librarian’s tendency to shoehorn things that aren’t traditional books into systems that don’t support them before reminding participants that, “Dewey didn’t see these things coming.” The traditional practice of organizing titles by creator does not work for comics for many reasons, not least of which is the argument made by Phoenix that, “Creator or even title are often not the main point of access”…

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ALA President Patty Wong in Conversation with U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono #LibLearnX

It’s not every day that the first female Asian-American U.S. Senator and the first Asian American ALA president sit down and talk together! Today’s opening session was a kaleidoscope of thought, feeling, and action. Senator Hirono discussed her new memoir Heart of Fire, the story of her mother’s grit, grace, and resilience. The conversation developed into an intricate discussion of personal and professional values, including diversity, national identity, and using our voice. Here are some key takeaways: Every person has a voice. Use it!  Speaking out can mean small things. Ask deep questions about systems and the world. Books broaden our horizons and expand our thinking. Be anti-racist: diversity makes our country strong. Encounter each other with grace, not divisiveness. ALA President Wong shared pieces of her family story as well. The two women together reflected on art, the state of the world, and then offered a call to action….

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Mystery Solved at #LibLearnX 2022!

Hi all – this is my first time blogging for ALSC, and I’m excited to report that I solved the Day One Mystery Hunt!! Okay, I’m probably not the only one, but I will take the Win :). This is going to be a great day – super stoked for all the great authors and sessions today, and looking forward to talking with you about them. Have fun, from sunny and frigid (8 degrees!!) Northeast Ohio.

- LibLearnX 2022

Notable Children’s Books Discussions – Winter 2022 #LibLearnX

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the “best of the best” in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: “Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.”