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Ever-Evolving ERGs #PLA2024

I attended a presentation on Employee Resource Groups, one of my rare non-youth-related sessions from this week. Kristy Lorenz (Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH) told us about her experiences in the Working Caregivers Employee Resource Group (or ERG) and shed light on the way these groups can have ripple effects throughout the organization. While an organization might view ERGs as beneficial mainly because they promote retention and provide a way to gather feedback from different groups, staff can benefit from the supportive environment in so many ways. These groups provide a play for validation, a sympathetic ear to have your voice be heard, and also a soft place to land for new employees. They can exist for members of a particular race or ethnicity or for people with shared experiences, such as parents and caregivers of elders. Lorenz highly recommended the book The Power of Employee Resource Groups (Berrett-Koehler, 2022), by…

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Baby Time Boredom No More at #PLA2024

It seems like baby time boredom is sweeping the nation, if the turnout at my first presentation for the day, Baby Time Boredom: Building Culturally Responsive Programming for Ages 0-3, was any indication. Annamarie Carlson (Westerville Public Library, OH) and Sarah Simpson (a former librarian and current Family Engagement and Literacy Specialist at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at The Ohio State University) presented to a full house of fellow children’s services librarians waiting eagerly for fresh ideas on this classic program. Using a culturally responsive model looks different at every library, and that’s exactly the point. By weaving your patrons identity into your programming, you make things personally relevant to a family’s experiences. Simpson talked about pulling inspiration from “funds of knowledge” – children’s accumulated experiences in their households with siblings, friends, communities, and caregivers. In addition, it’s important to think about your community expansively. How…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Join the #PLA2024 Blogging Team

The 2024 Public Library Association Conference is less than one month away and the ALSC Blog will be offering updates about what is happening onsite with the help of a team of conference guest bloggers. WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP! If YOU are interested in writing brief updates about the programs you attend, the speakers you hear, or the information you are learning at #PLA2024, please let us know by filling out the Conference Blogging Interest Form. This year’s #PLA2024 conference takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio from April 3 to 5. Some of the opportunities for growth and learning at this PLA conference include incredible workshops, programs, networking opportunities, library tours, exhibits, as well as cooperative learning experiences at the “How-To Stage.” If you are lucky enough to be attending, we’d love to have you share your experiences with those #leftbehind. Simply fill out the…

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PLA Visitors: Welcome to Columbus Libraries!

Are you attending the 2024 Public Library Association Conference? I might just see you there! Welcome to Columbus, Ohio – the 14th most populous city in the United States. We might be pretty well known for the Ohio State University’s football team – but we are also home to some pretty incredible library systems.  While visiting (or while following along from home!) learn about some of the various libraries filling Columbus and the surrounding suburbs: And more! With just a bit longer drive, you can also visit Alexandria Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Granville Public Library, London Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pataskala Public Library, Pickaway County District Library, Plain City Public Library, and the Wagnalls Memorial Library.  I like to leave conferences with pictures and tangible ideas of things I can replicate at home – and what better way to do that than visiting our area libraries while…