Links of the Month: March 2017

Every month we’ll be rounding up some can’t miss online resources from the wide world of teen services and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been reading in March:

The Institute for Museum and Library Services is on the chopping block under the proposed federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year. IMLS is a major source of funding, and the potential cuts could deal a devastating blow to libraries across the country. You can find out about the proposed cuts and their potential impact in a release from ALA, and read the official statement from IMLS here. Contact your Senators and Representatives and make your opinion on this subject known!

ALA is also asking librarians to contact their representatives by April 3 and ask them to sign on to a “Dear Appropriator” letter to defend the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). You can learn about what’s at stake from ALA’s District Dispatch and use their ready-made messages to contact your Representatives.

Addie Matteson of School Library Journal discusses libraries as safe havens.

Abigail Phillips at YALSABlog has encouraging words for librarians providing a crucial third place for teen patrons in difficult times.

Looking to up your social media game? Naomi Bates at YA Books and More has 15 ways you can use Snapchat at your library.

Here are some great booklists that came out this month:

How about some program inspiration?

What have you read this month that’s been interesting, insightful, or inspiring? Share in the comments!

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