Participate in a Summer Learning Day Twitter Chat!

Looking to learn more about summer reading? Join the National Summer Learning Association (@SummerLearning) as they host a Twitter chat on Friday, June 21 at 3-4pm EST. You can follow the Twitter chat by tracking the hashtag #SLDRead. Learn why summer reading is so important in curbing summer learning loss and how families can support and encourage young kids, tweens, and teens in summer reading. For more information on this event, please visit the National Summer Learning Association website. ‘Summer Reading’ Twitter Chat (#SLDRead) Friday, June, 21, 2013 3 PM – 4 PM EST

#alscchat on Thursday!

It’s back to school time and ALSC wants you to share some program and title ideas. Join ALSC members and anyone interested in participating in a monthly Twitter chat. On Thursday, September 13, at 9 PM EST, ALSC will be hosting a one-hour chat on the topic of back to school. You can follow the chat by using the hashtag #alscchat. The event will be moderated by the ALSC Children & Technology Committee. This event is free and open to anyone using Twitter. Are you following ALSC on Twitter? You can find ALSC tweeting at @alscblog.

Chat With Your People

We’re two weeks past Midwinter Conference, and I am still energized by the many interactions I had with ALSC members.  A piece of advice I’ve given to students choosing their library specialty is to go to different groups’ events, look around at the people there, and ask themselves: “Are these my people?” I’m happy to say that ALSC members are my people! I hope to hear from many of my people during the Community Forum on February 22, 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. Eastern. This is our second ALSC live chat. Our discussion topic, after time for Midwinter board updates and Q & A, is revitalizing the ALSC membership meeting.  ALSC’s by-laws currently require a  membership meeting at Annual Conference. Our Community Forum — and space on ALAConnect afterwards — will be a time frame for brainstorming about making our membership meeting more convenient and more valuable. Please mark your…

Library Partnerships in a Time of Crisis

Every month the ALSC Building Partnerships committee is responsible for writing a blog post, normally it highlights a successful program or event that was made possible through a partnership with an outside organization. In light of recent COVID-19 related events, in which many of the libraries across the country have been forced to cancel programs and close our doors to the public for the foreseeable future, I thought it might be timely to follow up on Cecilia McGowan’s earlier post about how we are responding in our communities— specifically as it relates to some of our partner organizations and institutions.  As youth librarians, our most important partners are our schools and educators— which these days also includes many parents who have been thrown into homeschooling for the first time. In my library system, our youth services staff have already been busily trying to figure out ways that we can help…

Finding Your People

Starting in a new role can be hard, especially if you’re the only one doing what you do in your building or your system. About two years ago, I switched positions from Youth Services Manager to Collection Development Leader and it’s been a big change. I’m now selecting and managing all our materials (youth and adult), cataloging, and working with vendors in a much more involved way than before. And one big challenge for me has been building my personal learning network (PLN) in this new-to-me area of library service. It has made me really appreciate the youth services PLN that I had built over the years and I want to make sure you have one, too. 

Poking Around NPL at #PLA2020

What’s the first thing a librarian attending #PLA2020 does when they arrive in Nashville? Locate the main branch of the local library system and poke around, of course!* And I have to say, the Nashville Public Library has an amazing space. The children’s area is bright and colorful and has MANY installations that encourage active play. There were so many touches of whimsy throughout and you can tell that the staff there really care about kids and want to provide a space that inspires curiosity. I was especially impressed by the intentionality that permeated every aspect of their space. You can tell that it was designed for a child audience and that a LOT of thought was put into their renovation 4 years ago. And yes, that’s a book drop designed to look like the Nashville Public Library. I loved these little doorways built into the stacks in the picture book area….