Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Spotlight on ALSC Committees & Children and Libraries!

ALSC’s members are the association’s lifeblood and driving force! Through the hard work of our committees, task forces, and other working groups, ALSC is able to offer valuable resources like toolkits, reading lists, webinars, and more. Committee contributions also are apparent right here on the ALSC Blog, as evidenced by the many informational posts they share. Have you checked out these recent contributions? These are just a few examples of the beneficial inspiration, assets, and insights ALSC members bring to Blog readers and the field at large. Committees & Children and Libraries And, did you know that ALSC committees are also active in Children and Libraries (CAL), ALSC’s quarterly journal, sharing their know-how and indispensable information there as well? Regular committee columns in CAL cover many different topics. Here are just a few examples from past issues. Sharing Your Talents Are you ready to take on a new challenge? Share…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Spring Online Education

Spring is officially here! Are you ready for some renewal and rejuvenation? ALSC is offering these three online learning opportunities in April! Webinar Creating Interactive Storytimes with Music, Play, and More – Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 1:30pm CT Join this webinar with expert children’s programmer Alyssa Jewell as she demonstrates how to develop interactive learning experiences in which children engage in moving, music-making, and story drama. Online Courses American Sign Language (ASL) with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical GuideApril 1 – May 12, 2024 In this 6-week eCourse, signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. Participants learn basic ASL vocabulary appropriate for use with children and techniques to share stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. Using Picture Books to Discuss Social Justice and EquityApril 1 – April 28, 2024 In this course, Rabia Khokhar, teacher and education &…

Blogger Jaime Eastman

Mastering Mentorship: Tips for Success

A hand writes the word mentoring in red letters

Mentorship is an important part of professional development and growth. But how would you define mentorship? Writing this post, I struggled to find a definition that resonated. Too many focused on the ambiguous work of a mentor, failing to define either mentor or work. Finally I found this beautiful definition: I love how this definition captures so many parts of mentorship. Moreover, it doesn’t require years of experience, specific skills, or job titles. Instead, it focuses on everyone having something to offer others. For me, that’s key. I’ll be focusing on mentors and mentees as equally important participants in the relationship.

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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…

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New Year, New Goals

We are almost two weeks into 2024 – how are you feeling about those New Year’s resolutions? I made a new goal for myself last year – not to make New Year’s resolutions on the first day of the year. The first few weeks bring post-holiday catch-up projects that make new priorities hard to accomplish. Instead, I like to spend January thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, and make a goal by February 1.  What is something you want to try to accomplish this year? Consider some of these ideas: No matter what your goal is for 2024 (or your lack of a goal – no goal is okay too!), the ALSC Membership Committee wishes you all a great year of books, kids, and libraries (and hopefully a little less pivoting in 2024 – let’s leave that behind in 2020-2023).  Annamarie Carlson is the Youth Manager at…