Links, Tips, Committees, and Bunnies from the CYS Advising Pod

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!




Get Organized!!

As a future children’s librarian, school librarian, or just plain awesome librarian, you should be joining professional organizations as a student. For one thing, membership is cheaper as a student, and for another thing, you can list them on your resume when you’re job hunting. And for a third thing, it’s just cool to belong!

Photo “Spinner Dolphins” by D. H. Parks on Flickr (c) 2011.

Some organizations to look into:

ALA (obviously)

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) 

AASL (American Association of School Librarians)

In addition, 

WLA (Washington Library Association) For those of you who are online, do some searching around for a local association.

PLA (Public Library Association) These guys have an awesome magazine. Seriously. I’ve used articles in class papers.

RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)

and many more. I haven’t even STARTED on the committees. 

So get out there and join some stuff! There’s always more to learn and infinite ways to network and collaborate. And then come back and write us a blog post about what you discovered!


A Librarian’s Toolkit: Part One

Throughout the coming months, we’ll feature publications, workshops, conferences, and more that we hope will interest you and provide you with tools to be the best librarians you can be. Though some of these items, like the one below, might be a little expensive for you now, keep them in mind as resources you can acquire once you have your job as a children’s librarian. Now is the time to window shop–find out what resources are out there, which ones appeal to you, and keep them in a list for future reference. Who knows, maybe you’ll be in charge of compiling anthologies and resources for new library students one day!


It’s always good to know about picture books for story hour. From the website:

Providing descriptive annotations of the best children’s picture books published in the last decade, this comprehensive overview is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children’s programming. With selections based on proven appeal and quality, Northrup’s survey features

  • An introductory essay on the nature of the picture book, and an explanation of the evaluation criteria
  • Bibliographic information on each picture book, including author, illustrator, publisher, date, and age recommendation
  • A thorough index for quick reference and an appendix of additional suggested resources

Packed with ardent and insightful recommendations, this book makes it a snap to select and use just the right picture books.