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The ALA Midwinter Blues

Who could blame those who missed the conference OR had to leave early?

Who could blame those who missed the conference OR had to leave early?

Our staff are still thawing out after a chilly week at ALA Midwinter in Chicago where they were treated to one of the biggest snowstorms in the history of the city!  We noticed that attendance at the conference was lighter- could it be that cancelled flights and bad weather kept some of our library friends away?  Perhaps…and we can’t say we blame you…however, we would like to give a BIG KUDOS to those hearty souls we did see – library friends, both old and new, who braved the snow and wind to do some important work and visit with colleagues and vendors alike.

During the meetings, Newbery Award Medals were given out to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Goodson and El Deafo, a graphic novel memoir written and illustrated by Cece Bell.  Our friends in schools and public libraries who work with tweens and teens, take note!

This picture reminds us of the Caldecott Medal winning classic, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

This picture reminds us of the Caldecott Medal winning classic, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Other important work announced at Midwinter included the NISO meeting where attendees were treated to a presentation on access and licensing standards, so important as many of us move to Nextgen library systems.  Thank goodness those hardy souls didn’t let the wind and snow get to them…

All in all, our attendees thought it was a great conference. If you did not get a chance to attend, we urge you to go to connect.ala.org to look up highlights on some of the more informative lightning talks and presentations given by those brave souls who stuck it out through the epic weather!

We look forward to seeing you at ACRL in Portland next month. One question, should we bring our rain boots?

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School Librarian: Best Job in the Building!

If you are lucky enough to be a school librarian, you already know a little secret: it’s the best job on school grounds! Where else can you maximize student interaction, engage student learning, and become one of the most influential adults in the building but in the school library? Mia MacMeekin knows it, and on her blog has created the most wonderful infographic on what school librarians do. She counted 27 things…can you think of more? Do you really want to add more?   Ha!

So congrats to you, school librarian!

As the school year begins a refresh, a reboot if you will, of the school building often occurs. Floors are buffed, walls painted, classrooms are reconfigured.

Have you considered rearranging or repurposing library space to make it more attractive to students? While every school district’s budget can’t absorb the costs of completing renovating its libraries, perhaps a look at what some schools have done may inspire you to change things up even a little bit. In Los Angeles, a school library in Watts has undergone a full blown transformation, while other schools just spruce up the décor a little bit.

Doug Johnson, on his Blue Skunk blog has done some thinking on just what types of spaces a school library needs, his comprehensive list may be a good place for you to start.

Pinterest and Google Images may also provide you with some good ideas for decor. Hint: we used the words “school library design” and “school library décor” as a search starting point, but you’re a pro…and may think of something better.   Here are two of our favorites:

 

Point young readers to new lands!

Point young readers to new lands!

 

Sometimes kids need to know that reading is as fun as watching a video!

Sometimes kids need to know that reading is as fun as watching a video!

If you come up with something cool, send us a pic. We’ll tweet it and share the love!

Finding books and magazines kids will read…and finding ways to entice them to read that material…that’s getitng down to the

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