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. 

Volunteer Opportunity

Check this out e’erbody! Another opportunity to get involved with Powerful Voices – love them!

-Elise (co-president)

Join Our Girlvolution! Volunteer Committee Meeting

Hello all!
Please join us in our first volunteer committee meeting at 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, January 16th 2013 at the Powerful Voices office at 1620 18th Ave, Seattle WA 98112.

Join us to learn more about the event, the responsibilities we are asking for and to meet other community-minded, youth-focused rad peoples of Seattle!

The 4th Annual Girlvolution Conference is scheduled to be Saturday, April 13th 2013.
We will have food and refreshments at this volunteer meeting .

Thank you so much for your interest and please email nicole@powerfulvoices.org with your RSVP before the 16th and any queries percolating in your brain!

Want to still be involved and can’t make it to the first meeting? Don’t worry, it is not mandatory. Let us know how you would like to be involved!

And if you have not checked out our “Get Involved” for Girlvolution, please do!


Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros: KCLS needs volunteers

King County Library System
Volunteer Opportunity
Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) 2013

Are you looking to get practical outreach experience in a public library setting?  King County Library System is looking for volunteers to help organize their 4th Annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, also known as Día.  Día is a multi-cultural, multi-generational literacy-oriented event that connect families to books and libraries.  Here is how you can help:

-Recruit local organizations to participate in community fairs at Westfield Southcenter (April 27th) or Bellevue Crossroads (May 4th).  This can be done remotely.

-Participate at actual community fairs: craft tables, book giveaways, booths support, etc.

If interested, please contact José García, Teen Librarian, Lake Hills Library at: jjgarcia@kcls.org.

As a side note: Elizabeth Brookbank (2nd year residential MLIS) and I (Liz Mills) participated in this event, both in the planning and execution, and it was a blast. The group is fantastic to work with, you learn a lot about community partnerships and event planning, and the public loved the event. I highly recommend this as a way to get involved in real community-library partnership work!

Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Happy Halloween! Ready for some not-so-spooky tips and tricks?

The MLIS program at the iSchool is very theory-based, which has its upsides and downsides. You learn about the higher levels of thinking in the field, and you analyze how broad swathes of users gather, organize, and access information. On the other hand, you’re sometimes left scratching your head, wondering how these theories apply to the real-world tasks of a librarian.

Applications are there, however, best illustrated by some kind of on-the-job experience. Whether you decide to a do a directed field-work, volunteer at a library, or conduct some informational interviews with knowledgeable librarians, you’re learning how theory meets practice. We’ll continue to have more information about these opportunities.

In the meantime, take a look at this blog post about ten things you may not learn in library school but are super important on the job. How could you go about acquiring these tools? What do you think you want and/or need to learn before you become a librarian?


iYouth Meet and Greet Recap

Can you believe it? It’s Friday and the first week of fall quarter is (almost) over!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in iYouth’s opening Welcome Week event; a special thank you to our wonderful faculty guests: Sarah Evans. Stephen Del Vecchio, and Eliza Dresang, the Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services. For students interested in working in youth services, these faculty members are great resources with a range of experiences working in schools and libraries, and conducting youth-related research! We are happy to have their support!



To those unable to join us on Tuesday, here’s a review (pizza not included). Check back for updates and follow-up posts throughout the quarter.

Beyond introductions and children’s literature trivia (Ramona Quimby’s cat is named “Picky-Picky,” BTW) discussion focused primarily on ways to gain experience working with youth. There are many resources for finding Directed Field Work, but until a DFW is available to you after the completion of 30 credits, you can volunteer or intern!

But how can you find opportunities?

  1. Ask around. Talk to faculty (see above), TAs, peers, librarians at your local library branches, and school librarians in the area. Let people know that you’re looking for an opportunity.  
  2. Subscribe to listservs. In addition to the iYouth listserv, look for opportunities that come across program listservs. Keep track of application requirements and deadlines. Additionally, subscribe to listservs outside of the iSchool, like the EdLife listserv, for news and events for graduate students in the College of Education. 
  3. Research local youth-service organizations. Try http://www.volunteermatch.org/ – you can filter by areas of interest and preferred organizations.
  4. Take electives in youth services. We especially recommend INFX 571 “Research in Action” with Eliza Dresang as a unique and rewarding opportunity. Check back to hear from students who have taken the class.
  5. Participate in iYouth. This year, we’re focused on professional development, and there was a clear expressed need for connections to opportunities to work with youth. As a group we are trying to figure out how to meet this need in a meaningful way, and we would love for you to be involved. Check back for news, updates, and opportunities.

Thank you again to all who were involved and good luck with the second week of the quarter!