Youth Librarian Insights: Happy Hour Recap

Welcome to Winter Quarter!

For some us, this is our last year. For others, there is at least one more ahead of us. No matter if you are just starting the MLIS program or you are finishing, it’s important to know as much about the field as possible.

What’s a better way to learn about the field than by eating cheesy fries alongside practicing Librarians?

Thank you so much to Dawn Rutherford and Kristin Piepho for coming out to talk to us about the job process, what it’s like in the field, and what we can do to better prepare ourselves.

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Here are some takeaways from some of us who attended the event:

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Meet Melody & her most recent multicultural picks

Hello everyone. I’m Melody Leung. Your other un-normal normal blogger (opposite Katie of course).

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I’m a goof. I love cheese, watching hilarious sit coms as a study break, and making cute things like tarts.


To balance my intake of cheese and tarts, I also love wushu, which is a Chinese martial art. Here’s a secret: I wanted to be a film star as a kid.

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iYouth 2014 Conference: Apps, What Are They Good For?

Apps: What Are They Good For?

Every day there are new apps that might be good for kids, teens, and their parents. But, really what are the best apps out there, how do you decide what makes a great app, and how do you keep up with what’s available? That’s what we’ll talk about in this session, and you’ll also get to see how some of them work.

color_face (1)Linda W. Braun is the Youth Services Manager at the Seattle Public Library. She also teaches for the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and is a past president of YALSA.

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
If you are interested, please respond by Friday 1/11 to Dr. Eliza Dresang, at

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 – 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!