Allison Knight is a Branch Manager at MidPointe Library System in southwestern Ohio. She’s met many wonderful people through her service with ALSC and appreciates how committee work connects dedicated librarians from all over the country. Outside of work, she enjoys going on walks with her family, taking pictures of her daughter and cat, and playing in the garden. This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, V. Outreach and Advocacy, VI. Administrative and Management Skills, and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.
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.
January is an engaging time! It’s a new year, a new month, and a new decade! Sometimes it stresses me out to think of all the ways that I can get newly energized with this spirit. I like to think of it as my Leslie Knope spirit- as I am always trying to better myself as a children’s librarian, manager, friend, and human being. Let’s grab our glasses- Laurie Berkner style, and have a look at some ways to refresh.
I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend ALA’s Midwinter conferences, but as a new member of ALSC and a fairly quiet person, I know how easy it is to feel a bit lost in the shuffle. Large networking events can be overwhelming, and I always find it challenging to strike up conversations in a crowded room.
Over her career in librarianship, Susan Dove Lempke has been a children’s librarian, department manager, library director, and respected mentor to many. She is currently the Executive Director of the Niles Maine District Library in Niles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Being a member of ALSC can mean many things but for me it means always having a network of exceptional professionals, no matter where I am in my career. Through this professional network I have found my voice and how to use it, I have pushed myself to try scary things, and I have gained experiences I never would have anticipated as a library school student.
Did you know that most ALSC members got involved with ALSC because of encouragement from a mentor or colleague? Recruiting new members and spreading the ALSC joy is something that any member can do at any place within the organization, no formal committee appointment required. It’s not tough to do, and it can be more rewarding than you might think!
Summer is officially here! After months of preparation, children’s departments across the United States have reached our busiest time of the year. I would like to take a few minutes to encourage all of us to remember that while we want to attentively serve our patrons, it is also SO important to make sure we are giving ourselves self-care.