An Update: from Costa Rica to CLASY
If you’re wondering why my blog has been so inactive lately, it’s because I have just returned from two weeks in a small village in central Costa Rica. I was there with Librarians Without Borders building a school library for the village of El Humo de Pejivalle in the Cartago province. It was an amazing, wonderful, and unforgettable experience!
For more on the Costa Rica project, check out the UWO Librarians Without Borders student committee blog. Myself, and several other members who went on the trip will be blogging about our experiences there.
I likely won’t get back to regular blogging here until next month as I’m jumping right into my next big project: CLASY.
In Canada, we do not have an active, national interest group related to youth services librarianship. My good friend LibrarySteph is spearheading an initiative to create a national network of library staff serving young adults. Together with another colleague, we have founded CLASY: Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth. Our goal is to develop a vibrant and active, national network of library professionals serving young adults.
We are holding our first professional development event May 28th at the University of Western Ontario. We will discuss emerging issues in library services for teens and all participants will be invited to share ideas about the kind of work a Canadian network of library staff, students and educators interested in working with and serving young adults could and should accomplish. The day will be a combination of speaker presentations as well as “think tank” and agenda setting activities.
I’m going to be tied up for the next few weeks with preparations for the event as well as catching up on other obligations. I’m also about to start The Job Hunt.