Thank you, Susan!
As the new year starts for the Children’s Services Division, we want to send a huge thank you to Susan Cackler for leading the Division this past year. She planned and prepared the Fall Workshop on Slow Librarianship and the Spring Workshop on the Power of Play. She supported and led the volunteer teams that presented the Mock Caldecott workshop and Lampman Award. We appreciate Susan’s organization, willingness to lead, decisiveness, and creativity over the past year. Thank you for your service and thank you for continuing to serve as Past Chair this year.
CSD Past Chair
Emily West and Tara Morissette will lead the CSD team for 2022-23
Emily West and Tara Morissette are excited to lead CSD for 2022-23. Emily West began her literacy career in Tennessee. She was hired to work within one of the first family literacy organizations in the state. Later, she worked for the Center of Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee as a curriculum developer for adult education. Emily then was hired by the National Institute for Literacy where she helped to reform and improve adult, and family literacy standards. Emily has been a long time advocate and practitioner of the Baldrige Continuous Improvement Framework and received her Malcolm Baldrige Regional Examiner certification in April of 2022.
Tara Morissette is a library assistant in Circulation at the Tigard Public Library. She loves helping people, be it library patrons, fellow employees or volunteers. She looks forward to serving our library community, connecting with other library workers in our state, being creative, and problem solving in a collaborative way. Her goals are to: support children’s library workers with CSD workshops, support the CSD board in their duties, and represent the CSD at OLA meetings.
CSD Co-Chairs 2022-23
Monica Hoffman joins the CSD Board as Chair Elect
Thank you for voting in Monica Hoffman as our new CSD Chair Elect. Monica is the Early Literacy Outreach Program Manager of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Most of her patrons call her the Storylady. She partners with early childhood educators and care providers such as Head Start, Early Intervention/Special Education teachers, private and in home childcare providers.
Incoming CSD Chair
- Monica Hoffman
- Umatilla County Special Library District
Welcome CSD Board Members
A Great Year Ahead
We have a lot of new folks in youth services and someone asked me recently about collection development. First off, I highly suggest my Connecticut colleague Kym Powe’s webinar: From Diversity to Inclusion – It’s an excellent and brief (1 hour!) summary of why we weed/audit and includes really practical suggestions for doing so – and hyperlinks! All her slides are hyperlinked and posted below the video.
If you want to do a refresh of your kids/teens collections, check out the Bank Street College yearly booklists for Best Books of the Year, they are an excellent overall compilation of recent titles that would be good additions. If I needed to do a quick refresh/update, this is the first place I would go.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center at Univ Wisconsin Madison Booklists (for more deep dives into collection)
International Literacy Association Choices List (newest is 2020)
We Need Diverse Books Where to Find Diverse Books link
Books Between – This podcast stopped in 2019 but the blog is still quite active and for middle school reads is still a great resource
One More Page – Reviews, news, and kids lit from Australian hosts, sort of breezy/fun
Publishers Weekly PW Kidcast – mostly recently published author interviews, also episodes run fairly short
The Yarn - Interviews kids’ authors, 170-ish episodes, School Library Journal podcast
Youth Services Consultant
State Library of Oregon
Best Of 2020
Diversity & Inclusion
Take And Makes
Year End Roundup
Youth Services Summit