Administrative and Management Skills

Ask ALSC: Storytime Collaboration

Welcome to Ask ALSC, where the Managing Youth Services Committee asks leaders in children’s libraries to share their response to an issue or situation.  We hope to showcase a range of responses to topics that may affect ALSC members. If you’d like to respond to today’s topics, or suggest a topic for the future, please leave a comment. As the country practiced stay-at-home safety, libraries and librarians dusted off their tools and created virtual storytimes and activities that created additional resources for families during this difficult time.


Connecting Communities to Other Virtual Storytime Providers

If you read this blog regularly, then you are aware that ALSC is currently creating a Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide, offering tips and ideas for supporting virtual early childhood programming during the pandemic and beyond. However, not all libraries may be able to create their own virtual content.  Maybe they can film some short videos but feel like it is not enough.   Or perhaps a library wants to supplement their own offerings with the plethora of material available elsewhere.  There are also marginalized and under-served groups that require libraries to work creatively to meet their needs. To that end, one portion of the Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide will focus on “Connecting Communities to Other Virtual Storytime Providers,” items that will meet these needs.  The work group focused on resources offered in different languages, including American Sign Language, as well as websites that encourage parents to take on…