Blogger Meg Smith

Winning Traits

Skill in presenting programs, an understanding of child development, and a love for working with young people are all traits required for staff working in youth services. There are other important traits which outstanding youth services staff must possess. When the time comes to replace a member of this department, what skills, characteristics and strengths do you seek? What do you admire in your colleagues? It is true that youth services staff must have the special ability to connect with young people and their caregivers, but there are other characteristics that are necessary for staff to be the best team players they can be and for them to have the most positive impact on the team. A positive mind set, a strong work ethic, and problem-solving abilities are qualities that make staff excel. For a positive mindset to truly make an impact in the workplace, it must be all encompassing…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Mentors and Mentees Wanted!

ALSC announced the opening of spring 2015 applications for the ALSC mentoring program. The program, which is open to members and non-members, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the field of library service to children. Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. The application process ends on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Here are a few things to know about the program: The program lasts one year Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members The only requirement is that mentees have some connection to children’s library service Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career Mentors should be ALSC members There is no face-to-face requirements Mentors and mentees set their own goals and work at their…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

2015 ALSC Mentoring Program Interview

January is National Mentoring Month! Today, we’re once again excited to welcome two participants in the ALSC Mentoring Program to the blog. Erin Rogers and Robin Sofge interviewed each other as part of the program and agreed to share their interivew on the blog. Thanks Erin and Robin! 1. What have you been doing and how long have you been doing it? Erin: I am the children’s librarian at the Gayton Branch of the Henrico County Public Library and have been for the last seven years. I have a passion for play, technology, and alternative picture book organization! Robin: In December I was thrilled to be hired as a full-time Youth Services Librarian I at the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas, Virginia. For over two years previously, I was a part-time Youth Services Librarian I at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia. Some of my claim to fame at…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Is #Mentoring Right for You?

There’s a lot of research out there that suggests that mentoring is pretty good for you. In adult-mentoring-children scenarios, research shows that the mentoring relationship assists in developing stronger ties to the community. Individuals who participate in a mentoring relationship experience: improved self-esteem improved communication skills reduction in depressive symptoms greater social acceptance better academic attitudes Career mentoring isn’t much different. Professional mentoring relationships help create connections and foster career growth. In fact, these are two of the objectives of the ALSC Mentoring Program. The others: 1. Build the skills and confidence of early career children’s librarians and those new to the profession 2. Encourage personal and professional connections 3. Give members the opportunity to acquire peer-taught skills 4. Re-energize and re-invigorate members in their work 5. Create interest and familiarity with ALSC committee service and participation 6. Build familiarity with ALSC’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries…