Ask An Agent: Any Good Refresher Resources?

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Question:  What resources would you recommend as a “refresher” for a librarian returning to the workforce? I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for the past 5 years and haven’t had the time to follow current trends and practices. Any advice?

 Laura (Wabash Carnegie Public Library) says:

Get connected on Twitter. Follow publishers, Epic Reads, Forever Young Adult, and all the authors you can think of. Then follow more authors. Get involved in the discussions! Once you go online, you can’t help but connect with other professionals who love what you love. Follow other libraries on Instagram and Pinterest and see what crafts and programming they’re up to. Call around to libraries in your area and set up a round table lunch!  My state library will advertise if we volunteer to host.

 Liz (Anderson Public Library) says:

This depends partly on what type of library/position you’re looking for. Since you’re asking here, I’m assuming you’d like to work with teens in some capacity. I highly recommend Teen Librarian Toolbox for program ideas and teen book lists and reviews. The blog also spotlights STEM/maker programs and resources. If you’ll be working on selection and/or are concerned about having a collection that reflects a range of backgrounds and experiences, you might find American Indians in Children’s LiteratureThe Brown BookshelfDisability in KidlitGay YaLatinxs in Kid Lit and Reading While White helpful.

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