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!
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.
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…
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.