Pandemic

ALSC & You: Staying Connected

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I hope you and your loved ones are taking the best care possible during this time. From the beginning of shelter-in-place orders, ALSC committee members, staff and leadership has been thinking of ways ALSC can support those in the profession during this time. We know one thing is certain: remaining connected is a bit difficult, but so much more important now than ever before. How can we continue to network? How can we continue to share ideas? How can we continue to build on our passions in healthy ways during this time? Using ALSC channels and platforms, I want to share just a few ways we can stay connected: Join a We Are ALSC Chat (WAAC): The ALSC Membership Committee hosted a first WAAC at the end of April to connect with others and share some initial thoughts on the impact of this pandemic in an informal setting. ALSC’s School…

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Finding Your People

Starting in a new role can be hard, especially if you’re the only one doing what you do in your building or your system. About two years ago, I switched positions from Youth Services Manager to Collection Development Leader and it’s been a big change. I’m now selecting and managing all our materials (youth and adult), cataloging, and working with vendors in a much more involved way than before. And one big challenge for me has been building my personal learning network (PLN) in this new-to-me area of library service. It has made me really appreciate the youth services PLN that I had built over the years and I want to make sure you have one, too. 

Friends of ALSC

Networking with #FriendsofALSC

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ALSC at Power Up! On March 28, 2019 #FriendsofALSC sponsored a reception in Madison, WI at the Power Up: A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff. The reception was hosted by Andrew Medlar and Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen. Although I could not be there in person, from pictures it seemed to be a nice opportunity for conference attendees to mingle and meet fellow attendees and ALSC members…and who doesn’t love food! You can check out the #PowerUp19 hashtag on Twitter to learn more about the conference! If you were an attendee, I hope you consider submitting a blog post on a session or major takeaways you think other youth library professionals could learn from. Planning… Planning one of these networking events without being able to physically look at the event space gets a little tricky, but it’s a lot of fun to coordinate. Some questions I’ve learned to…

ALA Annual 2018

Fun After Hours! #alaac18

While the sessions, exhibit hall, and committee meetings are invaluable to my experience of ALA Annual… there is a lot to be said for after-hours events and networking moments that happen spur of the moment just by looking up from your phone and connecting to someone for a few moments. Taking a conference bus, talking to people online, or saying hello to the table next to you at Starbucks can be a way to connect to another librarian! It is one of the most underrated and yet amazing experiences that can come from Annual! Lots of librarians seize on this by planning late-night dinners and social events– and one that had been popping up my twitter over the years was Drunk Story Time! To me that combined lots of things that I love– drinking, story time, and connecting to other librarians! And yet– it was so intimidating! @MelissaZD (twitter) or Mel’s…

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Volunteer to Be a Mentor or Mentee

Apply to be an ALSC mentor or mentee

ALSC announced the opening of spring 2017 applications for the ALSC Mentoring Program. The program, which is open to members and non-members, is intended to help strengthen connections in the field and build the confidence of a new cohort of leaders. Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. The application process ends on Friday, February 24, 2017.