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Friday, November 1, 2013

Finding Your Inner Superhero

In the next year, I'm going to spend more time and energy providing support to youth services librarians who want to advocate for themselves, their work, and their department.  Look for more blog posts with ideas and resources (and occasional rants!).  Here's the first.

Sometimes, it can be nerve-wracking to go into a meeting with the library board, a library director or supervisor, or a potential funding organization--especially when you are planning to advocate for more resources, time, or respect!  Actually, I think it is always stressful to do this. Wouldn't it be great if there was a simple way to feel less stressed and more capable before you head into these sorts of meetings?

My Superhero sister (really, her alter-ego is SheRa, Princess of Power!) just told me about a terrific TED talk by Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and professor at the Harvard Business School.  If you have 20 minutes, please watch this video, it is incredible! She talks about the way your body language not only affects the impressions of others, it also affects you and your outcomes. 
In a double-blind experiment, she found that people who spend 2 minutes before a stressful interview doing power poses (standing with your arms in a V or with arms akimbo, for instance) lower their cortisol (stress hormone) and increase their testosterone (which makes them feel more powerful).  Not only that, these people came across as more confident, more engaging, and more present--more fully able to share their vision and ideas (and were more likely to get hired).

So, even if you don't have time to watch the video right now, you should make time later.  And in the meantime, you should try the technique--go into a private bathroom stall and do power poses for 2 minutes before your next meeting and see if it helps.

Amy Cuddy power posing with Wonder Woman

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween Costumes for the WIN!  Eau Claire youth services staff dressed up as Dewey Decimal Fairies, they each chose their favorite section and dressed accordingly.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Power of Suggestion

Patti and her new pal, feeling curiously itchy
Patti Blount from Durand attended (and presented at!) the Heartland Fall Forum earlier this month.  Patti always loves to go to this annual convention of independent booksellers, because she gets to meet authors, hear about things from the publishing end of things, and gets some great ideas and resources for marketing books.  Here she is after hearing David Shannon talk about his new book Bugs in My Hair!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Early Literacy Calendars and MORE

It's been a good month for Early Literacy in Wisconsin!  Growing Wisconsin Readers materials are out there at libraries (hope it is going well for everyone).  We've had a series of workshops about the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative.  Several of us were able to attend a rocking Early Literacy PreConference last week with the amazing musician and child development specialist Jim Gill (and several amazing youth services librarians who presented about what they are doing at their library).  There will be lots more in the coming months about Early Literacy resources, ideas, and inspiration, so keep your eyes peeled, and send in suggestions of your own!

In the meantime, I'd like to draw your attention to a terrific new resource brought to us by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association.  Twelve fabulous YSS members created a month-worth of early literacy activities for families to do at home or out in the community.   The calendars are here:
bit.ly/calyss14  under Resources. 

Bloomer toddler time incorporates plenty of PLAY!
Here's something for a little regional pride:  Three of the months are contributed by librarians from IFLS-land!  Hooray for Georgia Jones (New Richmond), Kathy Larson (Bloomer) and Becky Arenivar (Prescott) for lending your inspiration, expertise, and terrific ideas to this project.