Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Tuesday

We all know that Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back.

Taking place Tuesday, December 1, 2015, #GivingTuesday "inspires and encourages people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world."

Check out the #GivingTuesday website HERE.

Participants include the ALA Scholarship Program and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

How To Be a Good Ally For Indigenous Writers

If you are struggling to serve an indigenous population, or just want to accurately represent indigenous peoples in your collection, take a minute to read this excellent article from Wordcraft Circle, an organization that promotes the work of Native American writers and storytellers.

How to Be a Good Ally for Indigenous Writers

Looking for further inspiration?  Wordcraft Circle Honors and Awards are great resources for finding authors, works, and other materials that demonstrate excellence in indigenous literature.

The 2015 list can be accessed here: Honors and Awards

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Advocacy and You - Helpful Links

Jenna Nemec-Loise
At the WLA conference in November, ALSC advocacy guru Jenna Nemec-Loise spoke passionately about our role as everyday advocates.

Here is her slide deck.

For more tips and inspiration, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) links on Everyday Advocacy.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

YALSA Symposium 2015 Highlights

For those of us who missed out on YALSA's annual symposium (held in Portland, OR this year), we can sneak a glimpse of the excitement and wonder through these highlights from attendee Donna Block:

Takeaways from Portland: YALSA15

Monday, November 16, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

YouTube Generation Webinar

 Know your memes, tropes, and teach it YouTube style! Being culturally literate and hip to the interwebs keeps us relevant and inspires instant student engagement. Teaching our kids about intellectual property shifts, content curation, and Creative Commons while still embracing the digital remix YouTube generation is part of a critical new toolbox for creative student expression.

When?  Tuesday, November 17th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm (Central)

Read more and register HERE

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DARE to Explore Language On a Whole New Level!

On the UW-Madison campus something linguistically magical is happening!  At the Memorial Library, from November 2 - December 30, 2015, you can explore the many varied ways American use their language to communicate.  Focusing on DARE (the Dictionary of American Regional English), the exhibit explores how "there are many thousands of differences that characterize the dialect regions of the U.S."

DARE serves as a reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another across the United States.  Drawing on face-to-face interviews as well as an extensive written material cache, the collection details the variations in American dialects from colonial times to the present.

Not near the Madison area?  You can explore the exhibit online from the comfort of your desk chair by visiting http://www.darewordscount.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Official 2015 Teens' Top Ten!

Check it out!  The Teens' Top Ten from YALSA have been announced and the winners are:
  1.  The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  2.   I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
  3.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4.  My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
  5.  Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  6.  The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  7.  The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  8.  The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  9.  Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  10.  The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The video released to announce the top ten features a shout out from Bella Thorne, so share with your teens to drum up interest in the titles!

Monday, November 9, 2015