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Thursday, May 12, 2011

SLP resources on TeachingBooks.net

Take a look at TeachingBooks.net! I love this site for many reasons, and here are a few more...great resources for the Summer Library Program.

Carin Bringelson, Director of Online Content & Collections for TalkingBooks, makes the following recommendations for resources for this summer:
Book and Author Ready-to-Use Resources related to the YOUTH Manual includes author programs, book guides, book readings, and more related to the Youth SLP theme of One World, Many Stories.

Book and Author Ready-to-Use Resources related to the TEEN Manual includes author programs, book guides, readings, and more related to the Teen SLP theme of You Are Here.

In addition, here are some unique insights from the illustrators who created the CSLP posters.
Hear illustrator Rafael López share how he created the One World, Many Stories poster: http://TeachingBooks.net/CSLP2011ONEHear illustrator Svetlana Chmakova share how she created the You Are Here poster: http://TeachingBooks.net/CSLP2011YOU

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcoming Environments = Happier Workplaces

Last week, 3 IFLS-area librarians and I went to Sun Prairie for further training in the Wakanheza Project™. The Wakanheza Project™ is an initiative/concept started by the Ramsey County Public Health Department as a community-level primary prevention approach to addressing family violence, and it has many ideas that are useful in any situation.

Wakanheza is the Dakota word for child, and its English translation is "sacred being." The Wakanheza Project™ includes principles and strategies that can positively effect the way we see and treat each other. If the culture of an organization can shift a little to incorporate and internalize some of these principles and strategies, there is enormous potential for benefits. These can include more peaceful circulation desk lines, better interactions between adults and teens, and less embarrassment for parents who are struggling to parent in public. Overall, we are striving to help create an even more welcoming environment for patrons, and an easier and more rewarding work environment for all staff.

The workshop we attended was designed to help us bring back the Wakanheza Project™ ideas to our own systems. We have lots of plans for how to do this, and you'll be hearing more about it as time goes on. For one thing, look for a weekly blog post, either here or in Newsflashes, to help you think about some of these issues. For another, we'll be offering some workshops, designed for the WHOLE library staff, coming in the fall, winter, and spring (of 2012).

To keep this post to a manageable size, I will wait and post about a principal tomorrow. In the meantime, I want to thank Becky Arenivar (Prescott), Alisha Green (Eau Claire) and Dawn Wacek--and their co-workers and managers who are allowing them to participate in this project. If you have questions about any this, please contact one of us!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Treasure-Trove of Cool Stuff

Every once in a while it seems like a good idea to post a conglomeration of unrelated cool things I've gleaned from list-servs, notes from IFLS librarians, newsletters, etc. So here goes!

Hollis Helmeci, library director in Ladysmith and self-proclaimed SkippyJon Jones sucker wanted folks to know about the SkippyJon Jones website, which has a bunch of fun games that test your Spanish skills (easy) and your rhythm skills (harder).

A mom who loves to read with her children has created a website called Delightful Children's Books. Her focus this year has been collecting booklists about all 7 continents, mostly picture books and short nonfiction titles. She even has a page especially devoted to librarians and the SLP theme!

Story Time Secrets is a blog by a children's librarian about her baby, toddler, family and preschool storytimes. Lots of great book ideas, fingerplays, songs...I especially appreciate how she tells us what didn't work and why!

Speaking to ALA’s Privacy and Youth Conference from London via Skype on March 25, author and privacy advocate Cory Doctorow offered attendees a thought-provoking assessment of the privacy landscape for young people today. His “radical proposition” that libraries become islands of networked privacy best practices—places where young people are educated and empowered to take charge of their digital lives—provided provocative fodder for conference participants’ discussions. Watch the entire session here (51:09)....