Blogger ALSC Membership Committee

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…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Not Another “Best of” Post

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This Is Not Another “Best of” [input year] Post I promise you this is not another Best of [input year] post. In fact, if I were to rename it, it’d be The Most Exciting Stuff in the Youth Services World, like, right now; right now. I like pointing these things out so much I create a biweekly Youth Services newsletter for my colleagues. [mysteriously] Who knows, maybe I’ll unleash it upon the internet in 2021? [strokes goat goatee] It’s loaded with all things frabjous, from live webinars with authors whose work we drool upon to easy crafts, programming ideas, news – [foreign accent] your interest is piqued, no? Oh! And this stuff is all totes free! Sans fees! Gratis! Famous Authors Live! This subheading should read “Not Another Webinar” Probably the most important webinars For the Parents and Caregivers we serve This is not a section about stuff to do…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Resolve! Be Resolute! Not Another Resolution

BE Resolute! This is not another resolution article.  There are no top-10’s, lists, take-aways or look backs to 2018.  Sorry.  Instead, I want you to resolve to be resolute this year and ever after. A Better You Being a better you is easier than you think.  Shoot.  Okay, look, what follows is kind of a list, but is has nothing to do with 2018, only 2019. How can you possibly be any better, you may ask.  Here’s some tips to improve, stand out and generally be better than you were before you started reading my post.  No, really. Be alert! Being alert means more than simply being wired.  Having said that, if you are a caff-feind, then you should know there’s a military-grade algorithm fir optimizing your caffeine intake:                       Secondly, for me, being alert has become second nature when…

Blogger Advocacy and Legislation Committee

Advocacy Resources: Helping You Tell Your Library’s Story

Midterm elections are right around the corner. For many of us, that means library advocacy is at the forefront of our minds. The ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee wants to make sure that you feel empowered and informed so you can advocate for yourself, your library, and the children and families you serve. Yes, it can seem daunting. But advocacy is something we library folk already excel at: sharing information and building relationships. Advocacy is all about helping your patrons and elected officials better understand your library’s role and value to community. But how do you start organizing all of that information? How do you tell your library’s story in a clear, engaging way? There are so many wonderful resources available to help you get started. However, it can feel overwhelming to slog through everything to find what you need. ALA’s Everyday Advocacy focuses specifically on library services to youth…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Digital Media – Register for an Upcoming Webinar Series!

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If you went to our Charlemae Rollins President’s Program during #alaac17, you learned a ton on digital media and it’s relationship to child development. If you couldn’t make it, check out this great post by Mary Voors! Following up with this, we are partnering with The Erikson Institute to have a two-part webinar series on digital media. Part 1 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Topics for discussion: New Media, Media Literacy, and Media Mentorship in the Library The Right Media for the Job: Considering the How, When, Where and Why Inclusion & Diversity in New Media: KIDMAP Toolkit and Evaluation Checklist Part 2 Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | Topics for discussion: What does high quality look like? Tips for Evaluating Story and Game Apps The Art of the Selection: Choosing Great Tech Tools for Making and Creating We are offering this webinar series for free! Both webinars take place in…

Research

Dust Off that Dissertation and Present for ALSC!

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You’ve put away your cap and gown, and the graduation festivities are over. The dissertation or thesis that you spent months or years writing is collecting dust on your desk. If you are wondering what to do with your research now that you have graduated, then ALSC has an opportunity for you! The ALSC Education Committee recently announced its new research-to-practice webinar series. The purpose of the series is to disseminate current research via webinars, which are online, hour-long presentations offered free to ALSC members and anyone interested in attending. This new series is perfect for recent doctoral and master’s degree graduates who are looking for opportunities to share their dissertation or thesis research. Five Reasons to Present Your Research 1. Librarians can learn from you. Sure, you completed your dissertation or thesis as a degree requirement, but one of the purposes of doing research is creating new knowledge that…