Books, Professional organizations

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Wow.  Just... wow.  I won election to the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Committee for 2012!  Wondering what that means?  LizB explains it all (she's on the committee this year). This officially changes what (and how much) I'll be reading next year.  Luckily, I'm a pretty fast reader, and besides Liz,… Continue reading YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Conferences, Musings, Professional organizations

It’s not to late to vote (and why more of us need to be involved with ALA!)

Polling for ALA's annual elections closes Friday - have you voted yet? Be honest.  Have you? If not, you're like many of your ALA colleagues.  Voting seems to be something "someone else" does, and certainly not something that youth services members (those of us in AASL, ALSC and YALSA) do.  Yet we love to complain… Continue reading It’s not to late to vote (and why more of us need to be involved with ALA!)

Conferences, Musings, School Libraries

Thoughts and notes from #CIL11

One of the things I dislike about keynotes is that they're canned: the speaker usually comes with a “yay! Librarians!!” message or to sell a point-of-view/product, all very slick and PowerPointed.  Thanks to weather conditions, the keynote speaker was unable to get to CIL in time.  Now, I'd been interested to hear him because he… Continue reading Thoughts and notes from #CIL11