Opportunities Abound!

Before I list the career opportunities, I’d like to mention a few general reading opportunities that I think are worth your attention.

I still maintain and am continually updating the “50 Years of Diversity in YA Lit” guide. The information is crowd sourced and has become a valuable research and teaching tool. Use it, edit it, share it! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PVuxIihW4_3gAab-CHT5W0RXH61F0HeD6ouy1yMFOac/edit?usp=sharing

My next project is to build a database of Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Island Americans and Indigenous youth literature scholars to facilitate professional connections. So often, I’m in spaces that seek to identify IPOC researchers and to have such a research would really help. Please, help me with this project by sharing the link. Information collected will only be shared with those who are registered in the database.

“We Are Writing Against Our Own Erasure” Jacqueline Woodson’s speach at the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award https://electricliterature.com/we-are-writing-against-our-own-erasure/
“We gave our kids those names to show them our love, to show them their humanity, to show them their legacy. We gave them those names to let them know they are wholly human. They are here. And they matter.”

“Reviewing While White: Exile from Eden” a well written, critical review of Andrew Smith’s sequel to the much criticized Grasshopper Jungle. I strongly suggest reading the review and then, borrow the book from the library and read it to clearly understand what Kazia Berkley-Cramer describes in the text. http://readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com/2019/09/reviewing-while-white-exile-from-eden_30.html

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Don’t miss this inforgraphic that will be quite useful in libraries and classrooms from the Librarian Toolbox. http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2019/10/how-libraries-can-better-serve-youth-with-dyslexia-an-infographic/

The Interracial Books For Children Bulletin Archive has been made available through The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, in cooperation with the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. The archive contains the complete run of IBCB issuespublished from 1966-1989. For a bibliography of books reviewed by IBCB check out info. This database was put together by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, and funded through the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant. These are important sources for researchers.


Nominate a superstar librarian for the national I Love My Librarian Award The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2019/06/nominate-superstar-librarian-national-i-love-my-librarian-award

Volunteers Needed for YALSA EDI Task Force
Member volunteers are needed for the new EDI focused task force,Promoting Professional Success for Underrepresented Groups within YALSA. The task force is virtual and is a one year term (Nov. 2019 – Oct. 2020) http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2019/09/03/yalsa-member-edi-task-force-volunteer-opportunities-apply-by-friday-9-20/

The ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together for this one-year program. Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members. The only requirement is that mentees have some connection to children’s library service. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career.
mentee applications: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/e1ECG008FIdsWaedRHZyMV
mentor applications:  https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/40NbL43t827

TheWNDB Mentorship Program is now OPEN for 2020 applications. Applications are open from October 1-31, 2019, for authors with at least one completed manuscript or illustrators with a portfolio. The 2020 program mentors comprise a distinguished group—Floyd Cooper and Susie Ghahremani (illustration); Kelly Starling Lyons, Rob Sanders, and Silvia López (Picture Book/Young Reader Text); Aisha Saeed and Kate Messner (Middle Grade); Steven dos Santos, Robin Talley, and Stacey Lee (Young Adult). Please read all guidelines before contacting the committee with additional questions or submitting your application. An FAQ and Official Submission Guidelines can be found by clicking the links on their website. For more information, contact Miranda Paul or Meg Cannistra, co-chairs, at mentor@diversebooks.org.

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000 for Guides to Library Resources.The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from “A Resource Guide about Disabilities, Disability Theory, and Assistive Technologies” to “A Bibliography for Queer Teens” to “Graphic Novels & the Humanity of Mental Illness” to “Web Accessibility Resources for Libraries”.  Applications must be received by November 1, 2019. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2020. For more information and guidelines, visit ala.org/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/…or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: mbolduc@ala.org.

The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a grant up to $4,000 to a qualified children’s librarian to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin. The guidelines for the grant and link to apply are found here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/bechtel. Remember, applicants must be members of ALSC. Applications and supporting materials are due by October 15, 2019.