Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Children's librarians - teen librarians - school librarians: they're all youth services librarians. I was one of them in another lifetime, a high school librarian in Indiana. For the past dozen or so years, though, I've been teaching the people who want to join this profession.

Stories matter. Those of us who work with young people understand something about the capacity of stories to define us, sustain us, and empower us. Too often, though, we lose our own stories, our own voices.

This blog has a simple purpose: to capture the stories of youth services librarians so that more people know what we do. Maybe you're an LIS student on your way to joining these ranks or a parent with a child in school or a library administrator looking for fresh ideas or just someone curious about the world.

Once a week or so, I'll post responses to a few questions from a youth services librarian. The respondents have a choice of what questions to answer and what information to provide about themselves, so not every post will look the same. I hope you'll stop back regularly to learn more.


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