Category: librarians…for the CHILDREN!
I need an idiot’s guide to ALA
Not only do librarians have to have a master’s degree from an accredited university, we also subscribe to a Code of Ethics, a Freedom to Read Act, and almost every division of librarianship (from Youth Services to Young Adult to Reference Librarians) has competencies that they are expected to meet. Further, we have five laws*…
30 Years of IMAGINATION
*cue the theramin, followed by the pounding of hoofbeats* Good golly, sci-fi and fantasy are my favorite genres as a reader, which is the main reason I wanted to attend the Children’s Literature Conference at NIU this year, seeing as their theme was all about science fiction and fantasy. Thursday evening the speaker was Tamora…
another post affirming that librarians and libraries smell.
Jessica of Jessica Hearts Libraries (AWWWW) has written a neat little post about libraries, rules, and everyone’s favorite, SIGNAGE.* A couple of my favorite parts: You’ve lost touch with reality when you think over-signage will stop the bathroom questions, and you’ve completely lost your mind once you insist the precious number two pencils be kept…
6 by 6.
The Johnson County Library has an excellent program called 6 by 6. The objective is to permeate all of their children’s programming (and even their library spaces) with ways to help kids master the six early literacy skills that they should learn by six years old to help them become successful readers for life. JoCo…
i want to be the frank zappa of librarians.
This list is interesting, if flawed, but what I really enjoyed reading was Tony Buchsbaum’s hijacking of the thread to talk about rating books, censorship, and everyone’s favorite topic, thinking of the children. I’m going to shoot my mouth off here and say that I don’t believe that people use ratings. I think they either…
I wish these book/bookmark sets were real (from Icoeye). I wish I could read more lovely “why I am a librarian” stories like this one. I wish my library had a pony, or a pot-bellied pig. It could carry books to and from the sorting room, as well as help keep control of the after-school…
I’d say I spend 99% of my time feeling like I’m squarely in the “hooray!” quadrant. How about you?
Space…the library frontier
After seeing this post at ohdeedoh (which is a surprisingly good source of ideas for youth librarians), I decided that my ideal childrens’ department would have to have a wall made entire of felt, a wall painted in chalkboard paint, and a wall with magnetized paint (and a wall of lick-able wall-paper, if it weren’t…