Welcome Meeting Roundup

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.

Our panel:

From left to right: Claire Scott, Erin Sterling, Eliza Dresang

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. emsterling@seattleschools.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. edresang@uw.edu

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.
  • 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 (lbruce@uw.edu). She will probably forward you to Pat McKinley (pamckinley@directv.net) for registration.

If you have any questions about anything discussed, please email iyouth.info@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Picture Book Extravaganza!


“Picture books are here and they’re important. I have yet to meet a three year old person who didn’t know what to do with a crayon. You make pictures with it.” – Chris Raschka, 2012 Caldecott Winner, from his Picture Book Month Essay

Do you love picture books? So do we! And so do librarians, authors, and illustrators who are celebrating Picture Book Month all through November. What’s Picture Book Month? It’s a time to encourage “the recognition of picture books through blogs, tweets and other activities.”

What’s happening? Check out this blog post and the official website to learn more. 

And for those who love to write, check out PiBoIdMo…what’s that? Picture Book Idea Month, that’s what! Check it out!

And be sure to tell us your favorite picture books!

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.

Get Ready for Pickle!

Here at iYouth, we like to feature author events, because we want you library students to go and meet local authors. Hopefully when you have a library of your own, you’ll invite them to come and do events and readings. So it’s important to start networking now. Plus authors are super friendly, and so are librarians!

Therefore we are thrilled to announce that local Seattle author Kim Baker is having a Book Launch and reading/signing party at Secret Garden Books in Ballard, on Tuesday, September 4, at 7pm. And you are all invited!

Here’s the link to more information at the local SCBWI* chapter’s blog. Kim’s middle-grade novel, Pickle, is a hilariously wonderful adventure, full of hijinks and pranks that will keep you entertained and wanting more. Read it, come to the signing, meet Kim, and eat a pickle or two!

*SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They’re an international organization, with local chapters all over, and the Western Washington chapter is quite well published and well known in the publishing and library industries. Lots of networking potential here!