ALA Annual Conference 2023

Some Final Thoughts from #alaac23

It’s hard to believe that we’ve wrapped up another annual conference. While some are already looking forward to LibLearnX in January 2024 or even next year’s annual conference in San Diego, I’m still trying to digest everything from the last five days. With so many opportunities for learning and connection, how can I even start to summarize them? There are tons of wonderful posts here on the blog recapping some of the great sessions this year. So, I’ll leave you with some final lessons from this year’s conference. Download all the conference slides and handouts you can. Download EVERYTHING. For sessions that you attended, it’s a great way to supplement notes that you took or remember key resources from the presentation. In addition, download content that interests you from sessions you didn’t go to. You might get ideas from these resources. Even better, you’ll likely have contact information for the…

ALA Annual Conference 2023

Growth Abounds at #alaac23

Have you heard of GELS? It’s an acronym from the Connecticut State Library that represents their initiative Growing Equitable Library Services. This session was presented by Kymberlee Powe, their Children’s/YA Consultant, one of the programs co-creators. What does growing equitable library services mean? We often hear the phrase “Libraries are for everyone,” but we don’t always think about how big that term really is. Everyone means everyone, including groups that we may not know much about or who we may be personally uncomfortable with. We need to consciously think about how services for everyone actually exist in our libraries. The very idea of equity is about everyone getting what they need to succeed, which may look very different for different individuals or groups. This workshop series is all about helping libraries become strength-based, trauma-informed, antiracist, social- and emotionally-conscious community institutions. Content was purposefully selected with the ultimate goal of growing…

Blogger Early Childhood Programs and Services committee

What’s on the Menu: Early Childhood Programs & Services at ALA Annual

Can you believe it’s finally happening? The ALA Annual Conference is back! Soon, thousands of people who work in and support libraries will gather in Washington, D.C. to learn, network, and celebrate what we do. There are so many topics and events to be excited about. For today’s post I’ll be sharing some of the wonderful programming in store for people who work to serve young children and their families in library spaces. If you are interested too, read on!

Blogger Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee

Overwhelmed By: Professional Connections

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Reaching traditionally marginalized or underserved communities is overwhelming. We don’t want to make this work look easy; it truly isn’t. However, we believe library staff at any level can do it with the right tools and support. This year, we’re bridging the gap between tangible resources and getting started. Today, we’ll focus on building professional connections.

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Resolve! Be Resolute! Not Another Resolution

BE Resolute! This is not another resolution article.  There are no top-10’s, lists, take-aways or look backs to 2018.  Sorry.  Instead, I want you to resolve to be resolute this year and ever after. A Better You Being a better you is easier than you think.  Shoot.  Okay, look, what follows is kind of a list, but is has nothing to do with 2018, only 2019. How can you possibly be any better, you may ask.  Here’s some tips to improve, stand out and generally be better than you were before you started reading my post.  No, really. Be alert! Being alert means more than simply being wired.  Having said that, if you are a caff-feind, then you should know there’s a military-grade algorithm fir optimizing your caffeine intake:                       Secondly, for me, being alert has become second nature when…

ALA Annual 2016

So you think you want to volunteer for YALSA…

If you think YALSA as opposed to ALA is a softer option for volunteering your professional, think again!  These people are dedicated.  Youth services is a calling and so is throwing your hat in the proverbial ring.  It’s a ring not of doom, but a multi-ring circus, and your committee chair is the ringmaster. But wait!  Don’t walk away yet!  There is hope for the more casual contributor.  And indeed some of the smaller, less time-consuming contributions may in fact lead to bigger and better things.