Hooray for children’s services!
Checking my e-mail this Monday morning I was pleasantly greeted with a message letting us folks in BC know about a new CLA network that also just got started, Canadian Libraries Are Serving Children (CLASC). So exciting! For those of you who are interested in finding out more, here’s the blurb:
As you may know, the Canadian Library Association is generating virtual networks to act as avenues for engagement in professional development and in furthering their mandate. At the suggestion of Judith Saltman, professor at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, my colleague Kay Weisman and I have decided to fill in the gap for children’s services, and created CLASC—Canadian Librarians Are Serving Children. Alongside CLASY (Canadian Librarians Are Serving Youth), we wish to provide virtual support for Canadian children’s librarians. Free to join for both CLA and non-CLA members, we are just getting off the ground. Our mission is to:
- connect all professional and non-professional public and school library staff serving children, as well as those in children’s publishing, or children’s literature studies
- provide a virtual forum and platform for ideas and resources relating to children and libraries
- invite members to initiate and contribute to online discussions and provide resources for the CLASC website
- promote the mandates of CLA, with the goal of having CLASC convene our first meeting at next year’s annual CLA conference in Ottawa