Thanks to everyone who came to the iYouth Welcome meeting last Wednesday!
The professional panel had some wonderful tips for the incoming year of MLIS students. For those who missed the meeting, here is a roundup of what was discussed. The next iYouth simulcast meeting on Adobe Connect will be recorded so that anyone can watch it at a later date.
Claire Scott works at the Northgate Branch of the Seattle Public Library as a public children’s librarian. She would like to join iYouth later in the year for a Children’s Literature Pub Quiz. Claire.Scott@spl.org
Erin Sterling works as a school librarian at Eckstein Middle School. She is a recent alumna of the University of Washington MLIS program. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliza Dresang is the Beverly Cleary Professor in Youth Services at the University of Washington iSchool; she teaches many library related children and teen classes. email@example.com
Tips and Resources
- Katie Davis, a UW iSchool professor, is teaching a new course this spring on child/teen brain development in regards to information.
- Journals like Voice of Youth Advocates – VOYA (http://www.voyamagazine.com/) and School Library Journal (http://www.slj.com/) are great publications to keep up to date with new books and information in the field. You can gain free access to these journals online through the University of Washington or VOYA’s digital version.
- To gain practical experience, start volunteering and plan to take the Directed Fieldwork elective during your time at the iSchool. More information about volunteer experiences will be coming in a future blog post.
- Subscribe to blogs and listservs!
- Join professional organizations and the associated divisions at reduced student rates to network. Get the bonus of going to conferences at student rates. For ALA (American Library Association) join groups such as YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), AASL (American Association of School Librarians), and ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children). For WLA (the Washington Library Association join the CAYAS (Children and Young Adult Services) interest group.
- As a student get a two for one student rate to your state organization, such as WLA (Washington Library Association) and ALA (American Library Association) http://www.ala.org/groups/joint-membership-program. If you call the membership number you may still be able to get the single rate deal as a student all year (even though it says the deal has expired online).
- To join WLMA (Washington Library Media Association) as a UW iSchool student for free, email Lorraine Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will probably forward you to Pat McKinley (email@example.com) for registration.
- Some good tools to look up at the Seattle Public Library (or other public libraries) are NoveList Plus and BiblioCommons (http://seattle.bibliocommons.com)
- WLMA Fall Conference (Oct. 17-19, 2013) – Register at: http://wlma2013.blogspot.com/
If you have any questions about anything discussed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.