I took a bit of creative license and incorporated my favorite finds from the Hyperlinked Library course into an institute proposal. The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California is an organization I joined during my first year of library school. The group is comprised of about 300 youth services librarians and MLIS students and is dedicated to life-long learning and providing the best possible service to young patrons. Our annual one-day institute takes place at the San Francisco Public Library and each year we focus on an aspect of providing service to the communities we serve. Topics usually center on social justice with a focus on marginalized groups. For this hypothetical proposal, I wanted to focus on the librarians’ well-being as much as on the product of their efforts.
The Future is Now: How to Keep Pace, Move Forward, and Love Every Moment
To inspire, energize, and reboot the hardworking children’s librarians of Northern California through an institute focused on participatory youth services that engage and transform.
This brief is a topic proposal and outline for the 2020 annual institute for the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL). The institute will address the challenges youth service librarians and staff face in a world that is constantly changing. We will focus on participatory library service, a model of librarianship that keeps pace with rapid change by engaging patrons in creative and collaborative processes that inform and empower every aspect of library service.