Urgent Call to Action!

ALA’ requests that we ask’ our senators to support library funding and sign the “Dear Colleague” letter. This Action Alert explains that LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program are two important library service programs. The alert provides talking points, helps with composing a message, includes all the formalities. All you need to donate is a little of our time.

Please take a look at this alert and donate a small amount of time for advocacy today.

National Library Workers Day


Happy National Library Workers’ Day! We know you do a great job working with and for teens, and hopefully you know it too!

Five Reasons Why YA Librarians are Better than Google:

5. Google locates only web sites, while YA librarians find all types of resources in any format.
4. Google requires you to design your own searches, but YA librarians help you plan an effective search strategy.
3. Google leaves it up to you to sort through the mountain of results, while YA librarians assist you in selecting information to meet your specific needs.
2. Google provides no quality control, but YA librarians always have a Plan B if your search yields no results.
1. Google is an inanimate web site with no ability to offer moral support, but YA librarians are real people who can dispense things like encouragement, high fives and even hugs.

Thanks for all the hard work you do to ensure that teens get the best library service!

Sarah Cornish Debarski
YALSA President

Make a Difference and Share It

I’ve been doing some thinking about the recent blog post made by YALSA’s Fiscal Officer Mary Hastler and the comment posted. I’m thankful she broached the topic on the blog of what to do in these difficult economic times. It’s not necessarily a comfortable nor easy subject to talk about but it also can’t be ignored.

The post got me thinking about how we as YALSA members are helping each other on a daily basis in the context of the economy and how we can perhaps use the many tools of communication that YALSA already has in place. We can share with others how we made a difference and maybe that difference would apply to other libraries as well or at least nudge someone to speak up and ask for some advice particular to their own situation. Continue reading

Making Change Happen Now-A Call to Action

Many of you already know or heard of the CPSIA of 2008.’  For those of you who don’t know or haven’t heard, this is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that has been a thorn in librarians’ sides since the emails and bulletins started circulating in early January.’  It was originally meant to regulate lead and phtalates in age 12 and under children’s toys.’  However, it was misinterpreted to include books, which has lead to a paniac amongst all librarians across the U.S.’  At first, it was supposed to take effect this February 10, but a stay was issued until next year.

However, something important has happened! Continue reading

Cross-Generational Voices on Digital Media and Society

Global Kids, Common Sense Media, and the GoodPlay Project have teamed up to present FOCUS. A multi-week web-bases set of online dialogues about digital life that is aimed to help put parents, teens, and teachers in touch with one another. Topics covered include privacy, identity, and several others. The discussions will take place April 13-May 4.’  Continue reading

YALSA Needs YOU! At ALA Annual.

Heading to Chi-town this summer? Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned YALSA member, we need your help manning our action-packed booth in the exhibit hall!

This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, learn more about your organization, and engage wandering attendees about the wonders and’ glories of ALA’s fastest growing division. Almost all of the time slots below are still available, so email the Division and Membership Committe’ at yalsa_promo@ala.org‘ now to reserve your preferred time.

*Sat. July 11, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

*Sun. July 12, 9:00am – 5:00pm

*Mon. July 13, 9:00am – 5:00pm

*Tues. July 14, 9:00am – 2:00pm

28 Days of Advocacy – #28: A Newbie’s Refections on Legislative Day

Let me begin my blog on Legislative Day, but saying that two months ago, I had no intention of attending Legislative Day.’  I just learned what it was a couple of months before that.’  For those of you who don’t know, library Legislative Day is when delegates (librarians, library staff, and library supporters) from all over a given state travel to the state capital to meet with state senators and representatives to discuss issues affecting libraries.’  Often, delegates advocate for certain funding or policy initiatives that they hope the legislators will support.’  I knew there were tons of reason that I should go, like the fact that I really believe in championing the cause of libraries or that I conveniently live in the state capital, but the whole idea seemed too overwhelming.’  I haven’t even graduated library school — what was I going to say to a state senator?

Flash forward and I find my local library facing major cuts and budget issues.’  Everywhere you go, all you hear is “Recession. Recession. Recession.”‘  If there was any time to quit being a wimp and speak up about library issues, the time was now.’  It was time to take the plunge. Continue reading

28 Days of Advocacy #27 – Librarian DNA: We Are More Alike Than Different

There are a number of issues that seem to be “type of library” issues. But when given more than a cursory glance, it turns out that they are simply library issues. One example is the SKILLS Act introduced in the last Congress. Its purpose was to assure that every K-12 school would have a library with a state-certified school library media specialist. Or to put that another way, that every school would provide its students with the vital educational resources that research has shown contribute to student achievement. Isn’t that what No Child Left Behind was supposed to do—promote and cultivate student achievement?
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