Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018! İCelebramos!

Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Let’s celebrate!  Hispanic Heritage Month comes every year, from September 15 to October 15.  There’s tons we can do to celebrate, include our Hispanic patrons.  Hispanic Heritage Month is about bringing everyone together to recognize all that Hispanic Americans have brought to American culture. And WHY celebrate, you may ask? — https://www.ajc.com/news/fast-facts-hispanic-heritage-month/lzbTmY6zExcR2wAmeb24wL/ Resources for All Not sure where to begin?  Let’s start at the top!  There’s a multitude of resources for all, whether you are confident in your Spanish or not. The Library of Congress has a great page complete with its own calendar that you could adapt to your own programming.  Remember, this is about inclusion.  Make our Hispanic patrons feel welcome, and relevant!  The Library of Congress site has something for everyone.  Select from images, to multimedia, to lesson plans that are easy to adapt to children’s programming. The Smithsonian Latino Center has another…

Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Global Children’s Libraries, Literacy, and Programs: ALSC On the Road in Athens, Greece

When Jella Lepman initiated the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), she did so for the purpose of creating a dynamic venue for the international exchange of ideas around children’s literature and literacy. Just a day ago, I returned from the 36th IBBY International Congress in Athens, Greece where ALSC Executive Director Aimee Strittmatter and I engaged with librarians, book creators, researchers, and educators from around the globe. With a theme of “East Meets West Around Children’s Books and Fairy Tales,” the congress was an amazing opportunity to learn about numerous children’s books and literacy programs from colleagues in Asia, Europe, and beyond. Día @ IBBY During the three-day conference, we shared a poster about ALSC’s Día initiative, describing the benefits for libraries and classrooms, numerous success stories, and plethora of online programming resources and book lists. The poster, which focused on promoting diversity, inclusion, and advocacy with Día,…

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The ALSC Equity Fellowship

ALSC Equity Fellowship

This month I wanted to share a new and amazing opportunity for potential ALSC members of color. This post was written by members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC Implementation Task Force. The current ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force was charged with implementing a number of recommendations from the first EDI Task Force. One those recommendations was a scholarship for ALSC members of color. We debated quite a long time about making this broad or deep, meaning, should we take this earmarked money and spread it widely to ensure lots of people get their memberships paid for, or should we select a smaller number of recipients and give them a deeper mentorship experience and pay for conference attendance. We looked at a number of factors including; long term culture change, why people aren’t getting involved in the committee process, and the historically white nature of the profession. In the end,…

Blogger Renee Grassi

Guidelines for Library Services to Individuals with Dyslexia

If I am helping a parent find books for their child who is beginning to read, I would take them to our library’s Easy Reader section. But for children with dyslexia, reading is anything but easy.  What can libraries do, then, to help support these children in their literacy development? Librarians already have a road map to help them develop inclusive library services for individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences.  The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has published a revised and extended version of their Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia.  IFLA’s guidelines are intended as a tool for both trained and less experienced library staff members who are responsible for serving those with reading and learning difficulties. Along with these guidelines, IFLA has published a best practices document featuring successful and replicable service models from libraries around the world. The intention is to provide a thorough and up-to-date…

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Diversity in Children Services via Dia Programs!

I work at the South Huntington Public Library, in  South Huntington, Long Island,NY.  which serves a large Latinx population. Working in a community that is diverse is something that gives me joy, and it is important to me. Coming from a Latinx background going to the library as a child was not fun. I always had trouble finding books in Spanish where I could see myself, and I felt that I could not identify with the librarians at the time. Now, as an adult I love being able to work  with this community because I can see how comfortable people feel when they come to me for help. I always try to make the transaction fun and make jokes that will make them laugh. It’s nice to be able to build on that level of comfort to get feedback on what materials and programs they would like to see and…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Serving Children in Crisis

Proactive Response In a recent NPR article, Vicky Smith of Kirkus Reviews pointed out that in the face of the global immigrant and refugee crisis, “It is a real desire on the part of authors, illustrators and publishers to respond to the crisis in a way that is proactive and helpful.”  In reality, the aim of youth services librarians is precisely the same. Our occupation combats and seeks to ameliorate illiteracy, and act as a social equalizer.  What is more, we seek to provide a proactive response to social issues in the only way we know how. If you find yourself confronted with the question of “why”, here’s your response, put best by Flying Eye Books (of Nobrow Press): “In the wake of the cruelties happening to immigrant children all over the globe, but most recently in the US with children coming across the Mexican border, many of us are shocked. The…

Blogger Renee Grassi

Empathy and Inclusive Customer Service

I am often asked, “What does inclusive customer service mean?” To me, it’s about providing the same high level of service to everyone regardless of who that person is or what their abilities might be.  And there’s one component that’s key in practicing inclusive customer service.  Empathy. Empathy is not a switch you simply turn on when you need it. Empathy is something that needs to be developed, nurtured, and practiced.  Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and point of view. Empathy helps us communicate with one another and, as a result, helps us show compassion towards other people. Why is empathy important for librarians? Our library communities are becoming more diverse–not only racially or ethnically diverse, but more diverse in ability, gender expression, age, education level and background, and sexual orientation. With this diversity comes a richness in perspective and life experience.  We librarians need…