Online Courses Through ALSC

Interested in expanding your knowledge beyond the courses offered at the iSchool? ALSC (you should know this acronym by now [Association for Library Service to Children]) is offering the following courses:

ALSC Core Competencies: Serving Children with Distinction and Commitment

The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books

Information Literacy: From Preschool to High School

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy

Series Programming for the Elementary School Age

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!

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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!

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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!