YALS 2017 Summer Resources: Learning From Each Other: Successful Mentoring/Protege Relationships

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Linda Braun’s article describes what makes a quality mentoring/protege relationship from both the mentor and the protege perspective. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/MentoringReboot_MW17.pdf

http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2017/07/01/yals-summer-2017-mentoring-thoughts/

YALS Summer 2017 Resources: What Does YALSA’s National Research Agenda Have to Offer You?

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) an article about YALSA’s new Research Agenda connects the dots between the Research Agenda and Library Practitioners. The importance of this article is to connect research to practice.

National Research Agenda on Libraries, Learning, and Teens 2017 – 2021: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/2017YALSA_NatlResearchAgenda_Print.pdf

YALS Summer 2017 Resources: Fighting Fake News: Because We All Deserve the Truth

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Hannah E. Spratt and Denise E. Agosto’s article explores fake news and offers resources and activities for helping your teens to recognize and combat fake news. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

ALA Public Programs Office.  “News:  Fake news:  A library resources round-up.”  Programming Librarian.  February 23, 2017. http://www.programminglibrarian.org/articles/fake-news-library-round

Alvarez, Barbara. “Public libraries in the age of fake news.” Public Libraries, 55, no.6 (November 2016): 24-27.

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YALS Summer 2017 Resources: Research RoundUp: Learning to Lead the Organization

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Elsa Ouvard-Prettol’s research roundup describes making the transition from follower to leader. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

Hollingsworth, Erin. “Barrow’s Living Room.” Tribal College Journal, vol. 27, no. 1, 2015, p50-52.

Miller, Rebecca. “A Career Like Hers.” Library Journal, vol. 139, no. 1, 2014, p1-1.

Chant, Ian. “Stepping Up on Usability.” Library Journal, vol.139, no. 3, 2014, p41-41.

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YALS Summer 2017 Resources: Leading with the Futures Report: From Talk to Action

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Kate McNair’s article describes her dive into leadership as she worked with her colleagues to connect their strategic plan and YALSA’s Future Report. His article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed, including Discussion Questions for the Future’s Report. The full list of those resources follows:

Discussion Questions for the Future’s Report

Futures Report Post-Its

Grants to States: Five Year Plan

YALS Summer 2017 Resources: Creating Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders by Learning to Be Civically Engaged Today

In the Summer 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) John Chrastka’s article lays out how to develop your own political literacy so you can support your teens in developing theirs. His article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

Generation Citizen – experiential learning organization that integrates civics and the teaching of civics into curriculum in urban and rural schools around the country: http://generationcitizen.org/

Politicraft – game-based learning for civics and civic education: https://www.politicraft.org/

iCivics – produces great online civics simulations for ages 10 and up: https://www.icivics.org/

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YALS Summer 2017 Companion: Research RoundUp: Learning To Lead The Organization

Are you a manager? A supervisor? Maybe, like me, you feel you are a great follower. I have been working in my current position, as the sole full-time library staff, for eight years; and I have developed my position as well as our library collections and the services we offer, and slowly but surely, my department is growing. I have also, over the last four years, been increasing my participation in local, state and national library associations and events.

As I keep thinking about how my Library Services department can best respond to my community’s needs and interests, as well as how I can grow professionally, I have been thinking about what leadership is. Through this exploration I started thinking: maybe I can be a leader. Maybe, in some small ways, I had already taken steps on the path to leadership. That was an intense moment for me, as I had never thought of myself as a leader. Here is what I gained from my research, which I hope will also provoke new ideas for you!

A LEADER’S ATTITUDE

Current research on library leadership agrees: library leaders know that a library is at the heart of their community, and that the emphasis should not be on what the library owns but on what the library does. Thus, library leaders need to focus on discovering, understanding and responding to the community needs.

The philosophy can be condensed to: “Books out, people in”. That is what Louise Berry, former director of the famous Darien Public Library in Connecticut, used to say. It is the work of library leadership to bring together the library (staff, collection and services) and its community. An example of that philosophy is what the Tuzzy Consortium Library (Barrow, AK) has been able to put together, thanks to their leadership’s focus on the community. They have partnered with the school districts, local public and private organizations, the State Library, local clubs, and many more, to channel their power into one goal: serving the community.

Leadership can be demonstrated through several characteristics, which I have been fortunate to observe in the leadership team at my school. Leaders:

  • hire people who fit well with our school culture and have the same vision and values;
  • trust them to do their job on their own;
  • hold themselves and others to high standards;
  • provide (internal and external) professional development for everyone within reach and even go beyond those standards;
  • listen to our community (staff, faculty, students and parents);
  • make decisions based on our community’s needs and interests.

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YALS Spring 2017 Resources – From Awareness to Advocacy: An Urban Teen Librarian’s Journey from Passivity to Activism

In the Spring 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now
to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) David Wang’s article describes his personal journey from passivity to activism as his library faced serious financial cuts. His article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

Invest in Libraries: http://www.investinlibraries.org/

Invest in Libraries Rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_39MpGQdKTw

YALS Spring 2017 Resources: Using Media Literacy to Combat Youth Extremism

In the Spring 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now
to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) D.C .Vito describes how media literacy can be used to combat youth extremism. His article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

France Robles, (2015, June 20) “Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website” New York Times.

Jon Anderson (2015, April 20) “Hoover woman joins ISIS: Meet Hoda Muthana who fled U.S. to Syria” Alabama Media Group.

UNESCO “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together“.

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YALS 2017 Spring Resources: Libraries as Refuge for Marginalized Youth

In the Spring 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now
to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Rica G shares her experience of teaching Hip Hop as a way of life and a means to empower youth. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

Brundin, Jenny. “Denver Teachers, Students Are Confronting The Anxiety Of A Trump Presidency.”CPR.org. November 16, 2016. http://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-teachers-students-are-confronting-the-anxiety-of-a-trump-presidency

Debraski, Sara, Finney, Meg, Kolderup, Gretchen, Lalitha Nataraj, et al. “Core Professional Values for the Teen Services Profession,” Young Adult Library Services Association, July 25, 2015, http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/YALSA_CoreProfessionalValues.pdf.

National Safe Space. “What is Safe Place?” Nationalsafespace.org. December 22, 2016. http://nationalsafeplace.org/what-is-safe-place/

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