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. 

Tools to cope with unexpected moments of crisis

Tragedy affects all of us, but our youngest patrons are the least equipped with tools to cope and comprehend. School Library Journal has a list of good books to share with children to help them make sense of their world in the face of such an event. These kinds of collection development opportunities are what set us apart as stellar information specialists, when we can provide information and comfort. Let us know what you think of these picks, and of your own suggestions as well. Be safe.

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.