How can I be a great children's librarian?
November 19, 2012 5:03 PM Subscribe
I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever!
posted by itsamermaid to Education (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So, I was pretty confident in my abilities as a teen librarian -- I was solid on what kinds of programs were developmentally appropriate, I was really familiar with YA literature and older middle grade for reader's advisory, and I had a good handle on reference work for all ages.
Now that I'm a children's librarian, though, I feel totally adrift! I've got a super-supportive work environment full of librarians with different styles, so I'll definitely be looking to them as examples. I'm also planning on taking a class on emergent literacy at the local college.
Other than that, what are some books, blogs, and other resources I can check out (ha! librarian joke!) that would help me become more familiar with children's developmental stages, picture books as an art form, the big names in picture books and juvenile fiction, storytime tips and techniques...and anything else that might be useful? Are there some listservs that are more fruitful than others? The children's ones I was on were not incredibly helpful, as they were mostly mis-remembered book queries and the like.
Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!