YALSA networking opportunity!

ALA Midwinter is around the corner, and we’re hoping you’re getting excited, scheduling your days and lifting weights so that you can carry around all your swag.

We have an incredible opportunity for networking and professional development. Beth Yoke, Executive Director of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is looking for graduate students to assist with logistics during the Summit on Libraries and Teens, including taking notes during the small group sessions, taking photos & video of the event, monitoring Twitter, etc. Potential monetary compensation of up to $200 depending on level of involvement. This is a great chance to meet people working with youth and library services!

Nuts and bolts from Beth:

The event is from noon to 9pm on Wed. Jan. 23rd and from 8:00am – 5:00pm on Thurs. Jan. 24th. Ideally, I would like to have folks who could be at the entire event. If that’s not possible, maybe it would work better to have people commit to participating in one of the two days. We will have participants divided into 7 – 8 small groups and we’re looking for a student note taker for each group. For consistency’s sake, it would be helpful if it was the same student staying with the same group for both days, but I realize that may not be possible.  The other 2 – 3 students would be more free-roaming and be taking photos and video, monitoring the Twitter feed and generally helping w/ the tech/social media aspect.  For this type of activity, it would be easier to accommodate multiple students and their schedules.  Beginning librarians and job-seekers would also be fine to reach out to.

You can learn more about this event at http://www.ala.org/yaforum.
If you are interested, please respond by Friday 1/11 to Dr. Eliza Dresang, at edresang@uw.edu.

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!