Last week’s advising pod on children’s and youth services was an informative, well-attended event, full of relevant information and inside tips on how to navigate the world of CYS.
High points include:
- Become a member of ALA (American Library Association), then also join (as relevant to you and your professional needs) ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), AASL (American Association of School Librarians).
- Find a way to attend ALA Midwinter and research some of the committees ALA offers–you can sit in on many of the meetings and decide if you want to join. Joining committees is a great way to network, build a name for yourself in the profession, and work your way towards those coveted Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz award committees! But there are committees on all sorts of aspects of librarianship, including early literacy and multiculturalism.
- Use the iSchool website to learn about faculty and their research and contact them. Especially if you’re an online student, this is a good way to make connections and build relationships, even remotely. If you are local, come to the iSchool Research Fair on Thursday November 15 at 6:30 at the Burke Museum. Find more information here.
- Recommended courses relating to CYS that may not be part of the Media Endorsement track:
- LIS 568: Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning
- LIS 588: Special Librarianship
- LIS 567: Public Library Services for Youth
So we’ve covered links, tips, committees, and…
oh, right! Bunnies!
If you are a member of YALSA and love to blog you should apply for this!
The Member Manager will be responsible for the content and look of the blog, and will work closely with the YALSAblog Advisory Board to recruit and oversee member and guest bloggers. The mission of the YALSAblog is to provide a virtual space for publishing information about time sensitive issues as well as a forum for members and the library community to explore matters relating to serving teens through libraries.
Deadline to apply is November 1, 2012.
Check out the YALSA website for more information.
Have you checked out the blog Hack Library School? If not, you should. It’s full of great insider tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time in school.
Take for instance this nugget about working in a library while in library school. Take heed: experience can set you apart in a competitive field.
Are you working on earning your school library media endorsement?
Looking for an opportunity to intern at a school library?
Kathleen Gillespie, school librarian at the John Stanford International School in Wallingford (just a 10 min. walk from the UW campus), is looking for a intern for the Fall 2010 quarter.
For more information, please contact Samantha Walters at: firstname.lastname@example.org
TITLE: Teen Librarian
LOCATION: Mid-Columbia Libraries, Pasco Branch
SUMMARY JOB DESCRIPTION:
Mid-Columbia Libraries is currently seeking a dynamic, friendly, and energetic Teen Librarian at our Pasco Library. Primary responsibilities include providing customer service, reference and readers advisory services to patrons of all ages at a public desk, providing cutting edge programming and outreach to teens at Pasco and system-wide, assisting in the development and maintenance of library social networking initiatives, selecting and maintaining the teen collection, and serving as person in charge of building as needed. A more detailed description is located on the following page. This is a bargaining unit position. Please visit our website at http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/employment for a complete job description.