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Discussion Managing Children's Services Discussion Group - No Meeting at ALA

by Alison OReilly on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 05:56 am

Hello all,

 
This is just a reminder that the Managing Children's Services Discussion Group does NOT meet at the ALA Annual Conference. We will see you at the Midwinter meeting in January 2015. In the meantime, please visit ALA Connect to join our page and view the minutes from the last meeting.
 
Have a great day!
 
Regards,
Alison & Carol
 
Alison O'Reilly Poage and Carol Phillips, co-convenors
Managing Children's Services Discussion Group
  

Discussion Midwinter 2014 Minutes from Meeting

by Carol Phillips on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 01:23 pm

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group

Meeting January 26, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Six persons attending.

 

Discussions:

-Leveled book systems and requests that libraries identify levels of books

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group

Meeting January 26, 2014

4:30-5:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Six persons attending.

 

Discussions:

-Leveled book systems and requests that libraries identify levels of books

  1. Teachers can level books in their classrooms.
  2. Some libraries put stickers on their books indicating levels.
  3. Some libraries separate books into different sections.
  4. Some libraries identify beginning chapter books.
  5. Some libraries identify early easy readers and harder easy readers.
  6. Would parent education be more worthwhile, rather than labeling?
  7. There is great value to displaying books.

 

-Changing up Dewey

  • Some libraries categorize picture books.
  • Other libraries are going Dewey-free and categorizing non-fiction using a bookstore model.  One school library has decided to use the following categories (based on their collection) for their non-fiction holdings: Animals, Nature, People, Places, Holidays, STEM, Sports and Recreation, Crafts and Hobbies, History, Folklore - Poetry and Word Play, Transportation, and Miscellaneous (for things that don’t fit elsewhere!)

 

Getting staff up to speed with technology

  • Set up competencies for staff.
  • Prioritize what staff need to know.
  • Develop a digital reward system when staff members complete different training.  Motivate them to learn new things.  Make this part of their evaluation.
  • Pair staff with other staff members with different knowledge bases so they both can learn.
  • Ask staff what they feel they need to learn; make sure people have access to the different devices. 
  • Emphasize KSAA:  Knowledge, skills, ability AND attitude.

 

Tutors using and monopolizing space in the public library

  • Limit the number of people who can work at any one table.
  • Have a joint conference with schools to see if you can come up with solution.
  • Have library offer tutoring.

 

Next conference suggestion:  Arrange for a speaker to discuss a topic related to managing children’s services.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Carol K. Phillips, co-convenor

February 3, 2014

 

           

           

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion Managing Children's Services Discussion Group Meeting in Washington D.C.

by Alison OReilly on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

The Managing Children's Services Discussion Group will be meeting at the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington D.C.:

Sunday, June 27, 2010 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Hilton-Washington Rooms Columbia 3-4

All are welcome to attend this informal discussion of management issues pertaining to youth services librarians. Feel free to post items to add to our agenda.

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group Co-Convenors:
Cheryl Kallberg, Alison O'Reilly, and Carol Phillips

Discussion Managing Children's Services Discussion Group Meeting in Boston

by Alison OReilly on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

The Managing Children's Services Discussion Group will be meeting at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting in Boston:

Sunday, January 17, 2009
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Place, 02116, America North room 

All are welcome to attend this informal discussion of management issues pertaining to youth services librarians. Feel free to post items to add to our agenda.

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group Co-Convenors:
Cheryl Kallberg, Alison O'Reilly, and Carol Phillips

Discussion Meeting in Chicago

by Alison OReilly on Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 04:57 pm

The Managing Children's Services Discussion Group will be meeting at the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago:

Sunday, July 12, 2009
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All Discussion Meeting
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Room: Spire

All are welcome to attend this informal discussion of management issues pertaining to youth services librarians. Feel free to post items to add to our agenda.

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group Co-Convenors:
Cheryl Kallberg, Alison O'Reilly, and Carol Phillips

Discussion Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group - Minutes from July 12th

by Alison OReilly on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 08:48 am

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group

Meeting Minutes

Managing Children’s Services Discussion Group

Meeting Minutes

Palmer House, Spire Room

July 12, 2009

The group introduced themselves, and brought up and discussed the following topics:

 

1.      Working with homeschoolers:

Some libraries find that groups will use library resources, but are so well organized they do not need other library assistance.

One library hosts a discovery club for homeschoolers to entice them into the library, but has found that not all homeschooling group philosophies mix.

 

2.      Working on new construction:

               Architects will make requests for certain information as they plan a new facility.  Look at your strategic plan; define your space based on function.  Decide what YOU want your space to do. Communicate this to your architect.

               For help with space planning, consult: Lisa Gooden, Kansas City Public Library, Penney Markey, Los Angeles County Public Library, Kim Bolan, consultant, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

3.      Excessive attendance at programs: (We are victims of our own success!)

Advertise “limited seating.”

Hand out free tickets one-half hour in advance of show.

 

4.      Nurturing staff in busy times:

               We are all experiencing creative challenge of being asked to do more with less as we are facing staff and budget cuts.

               Share more programs with other librarians. 

               Reorganize staff and jobs.  Ask employees what they want to do for the upcoming year at their reviews.

Ask staff to decide what services they feel are most important to the community.

               Have face to face meetings with staff; work with peers.   

               Delegate jobs to staff, making sure you give credit to them.

              

5.      Owning the brand of “reading’ in a community

               We need to value ourselves so others can value us.

 

6.      Valuing the work of ALSC:

               Mention the authors you meet at ALSC functions.

               Mention committees that ALSC sponsors.  Librarians serve on them.

               Join ALA Connect to stay abreast of news in the field.

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