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Disneyland for Librarians

There’s a new library in Nova Scotia. Central Library in Halifax opened mid-December with great fanfare. Thousands of people turned out for opening day. Thousands! Now, Halifax is about a 2-hour drive from our small, rural community, but it is still exciting to me that we have this library. It is simply amazing. I get pretty excited about a new library anywhere. We have a couple in the works in our region, and we plan to take a page from the Central Library book and create spaces that draw people in. The thing that I love about the new library in Halifax is that though it is not near us, we are still benefiting from the buzz. Libraries are on people’s minds. The building is just amazing. Honestly I feel like I am in Disneyland for Librarians when I go there. And I am not alone—I’ve had parents tell me…

ALA Midwinter 2015

Leadership & ALSC Kicks Off Advocacy Button Campaign #alamw15

As part of the Everyday Advocacy campaign, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is giving away buttons with a call to action. The buttons, emblazoned with the slogan “Creating a Better Future for Children through Libraries,” will be available at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. Attached to each button will be a tip sheet, created by the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee, which includes talking points to help articulate the value of youth library service. A virtual button will be available to those who are not able to attend either conference. The campaign will be launched at the Leadership & ALSC session on Saturday, January 31 at 8:30am in McCormick Place West W179. For more information on the campaign, please visit the Everyday Advocacy website: http://www.ala.org/everyday-advocacy/advocacy-button-campaign

ALSC Board

Andrew in Asia

The National Library of the Philippines is sponsoring an International Conference of Children’s Librarianship in Tagaytay City next month and I’m very excited to be attending to represent ALSC! The theme of the conference is “Connecting and Linking of Information through Transformed Children’s Libraries to the Digital Era,” and I’ll be giving a presentation on the first evening, October 13,  on the topic of “Envisioning a 21st Century Children’s Library.” This topic is right up ALSC’s alley as our core purpose is creating a better future for children through libraries, and I’m looking forward to reaching out and sharing how we’re moving together into our association’s envisioned future in which “libraries are recognized as vital to all children and the communities that support them.” I would love your help in telling this story! What is your vision of a 21st Century Children’s Library for your community? We’re talking collections, technology,…