Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians

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ALSC is offering a new online course this spring! Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians: As award winning YA books are challenged, Drag Queen Story Hour raises headlines and eyebrows, and hate groups gain mainstream forums, librarians are often challenged to navigate through tempestuous waters that may conflict with personal values. Through case analysis and readings, and discussion, this course will address how librarians can employ professional ethics to address and resolve conflicts. This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of moral reasoning in application with special consideration of the tensions that may arise in professional ethics for librarians. Learning outcomes: Understand the operational concepts of professional ethics as they apply to the workplace Distinguish the intersections and conflicts that may arise between personal values and professional ethics Discover how professional ethics can be employed in policy level and individual decision making Develop strategies to promote…

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Camps: The New Trend in Summer Reading

This summer at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY we piloted our first ever week long summer camp during Summer Reading. The Fayetteville Free Library Geek Girl Camp is a camp for girls in grades 3 through 5 introducing them to hands on STEM skills and to female role models. Months of work went into planning this camp fulfilling a need in our greater community.  According to the Girl Scout Research Institute,  “Research shows that girls start losing interest in math and science during middle school. Girls are typically more interested in careers where they can help others (e.g., teaching, child care, working with animals) and make the world a better place. Recent surveys have shown that girls and young women are much less interested than boys and young men in math and science.”[1] We had 44 girls attend the FFL Geek Girl Camp from all over the greater…

ALSC Online Courses

Online Course Registration Deadline is July 14

Whether you’re going to Las Vegas or not, ALSC has great professional development opportunities for you. This summer ALSc is offering three online courses focusing on red-hot topics that you can take back to your library. Each courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle. All courses are offered asynchronously (self-directed) meaning you won’t need to logon at a specific time. Courses start Monday, July 14, 2014. Children’s Graphic Novels 101: Selection, Evaluation and Programming for Children 6 weeks, July 14 — August 22, 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy 4 weeks, July 14 — August 10, 2014, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs Storytime Tools 4 weeks, July 14 — August 10, 2014, CEU Certified Course, 2 CEUs Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC Online Education site. Fees are $115 for…

ALA Annual 2013

Author Inspiration

I had two opportunities to hear authors today at #ala2013 and both knocked my socks off! I decided several months ago to attend the Bookmobile Saturday: Author Lunch, hosted by OLOS , which required a $25 ticket.  Lauren Myracle and Audrey Niffenegger were the guest speakers, and since my daughter has declared herself Lauren Myracle’s “biggest fan,” I figured it would be a great opportunity to meet her. I planned to stick to the free programs during my first ALA Annual Conference, but I highly recommend trying a ticketed event.  For $25, I received a yummy lunch, heard two talented authors speak, and received signed copies of each of their books, courtesy of Abrams Books.  It was much more fun than standing in long lines in the crowded Exhibit Hall for an author signing. And Lauren Myracle signed my daughter’s copy of Twelve! I also attended a program called “Krosoczka! TenNapel!…

ALSC Online Courses

Make your Dí­a count! Sign up for Dí­a 101

As you develop your 2011 Dí­a event, you might be asking yourself some questions. For instance: What is the history of Dí­a? How can I make my Dí­a event as culturally rich as possible? Where is the best place to go for Dí­a resources? We want to help! This year ALSC is offering a one-hour webinar, called Dí­a 101. This all takes place on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1 PM CST. Presented by Beatriz Pascual Wallace, Children’s Librarian at Seattle Public Library this event will help guide you through those tough Dí­a questions. Dí­a veteran or Dí­a rookie, this event is for anyone with an interest in El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros. To learn more about the course and to sign up please check out our webinar page. Costs of this event are $45 for members, $55 for non-members, and $195 for groups. Please contact…