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!

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