Meeting and Exec Election – Wednesday April 8 @ noon

Hello All!

This is a reminder that SLACYS will be meeting in the Grad Lounge (NCB) on Wednesday, April 8.

The schedule for the meeting will be as follows:

1. Executive election! SLACYS policy is to open up all positions each semester, and as a result the positions of President, Vice-President, Communications Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer are open for the summer. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these positions keep reading.

2. Discussion of teen programming in libraries – examples, best practices and planning resources

3. We’ll finish off with a fun craft!

New members are always welcome. Hope to see you all there!

Here is a rundown of the SLACYS executive positions. Depending on interest we can combine positions. If you have any questions feel free to email Kim Visser, our current president.

President: Is the public face of the group.  This includes coordinating the group introduction during orientation to incoming cohorts.  They shall also act as the contact with the faculty advisory.  They chair/facilitate group meetings and group organization. Decision making for SLACYS shall also be facilitated by the president. The president shall use his or her discretion concerning the need for a group vote on a subject, and if deemed necessary shall put forward a motion to the group, particularly concerning the expenditure of group funds.  They should maintain a list of group member with current contact information and email group members reminders of upcoming meetings and events for each semester.

Vice-President: Will assist the president as required.  They organizes incoming speakers and any visits or tours undertaken by the group.  If possible, it is assumed that the Vice-President will replace the President in the following semester.

Communications Officer: Provides members and interested parties with information about meetings, special events, and general group practices. In charge of maintaining the Twitter, Facebook page, and WordPress blog. Creates and posts advertisements for the fundraiser and other special events.  They are also in charge of keeping the chalk-board up to date with SLACYS weekly information.  They shall email SLACYS weekly group updates to the appropriate student or receive and email all MLIS student group information on a weekly basis.

Secretary: Responsible for taking minutes of group meeting which they will then post on google docs where it is available to executive and by request of members. They should maintain an up-to-date schedule of meetings and events and maintain and/or create other documents concerning group business as the group deems necessary.

Treasurer: Keeps track of the money and let the exec know when asked. Organizes one to two fundraisers a semester for SLACYS. They are responsible for reimbursing members for approved group expenses. They are responsible for allocating funds for guest speakers.


Event Recap – Cherryhill Branch Library Visit


The Cherryhill Branch of the LPL

Thanks to those who were able to make it to our London Public Library visit at the Cherryhill branch on Wednesday!

We met with the branch’s children’s librarian, Joanna, who showed us around the bustling children and teen sections. Joanna is still somewhat new to the branch, so her perspective on the collection, its layout, programming and features of the library was interesting.

Joanna showed us the branch’s collection of picture books in other languages, dvds, audio books and graphic novels. We discussed potential issues shelving and cataloging easy readers–something some of our members have researched and experienced first-hand.

We saw some great features the branch has to offer, including “grab and go” bags of high quality picture books that parents can take out without having to take the time to browse and select books themselves. The teen annex section features rotating awesome boxes with activities to create, build or play with. The current awesome box features magnetic poetry for use in the teen annex.

Thank you so much to Joanna for showing us around and answering our questions, we had a great time visiting Cherryhill!

SLACYS talks comics!

In lieu of TCAF feels from last week, SLACYS held a meeting about comics and graphic novels for kids and teens on the 16th.

We discussed a range of ideas, including budgets for comics and advocating for comics and graphic novels in the library. Some libraries include the adult comics near the teen comics in order to improve circulation – teens are often comfortable with exploring other graphic novels!

Many of us have memories of reading comics as children, whether or not we read Archie comics, TinTin, Calvin and Hobbes, or manga! Here are just a few suggestions and resources that we discussed.

Suggested Reading:

Bone – Jeff Smith

Smile – Raina Telgemeier

Owly – Andy Runton

Anya’s Ghost – Vera Brosgol

American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang

Zita the Spacegirl – Ben Hatke

Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson

Archie comics

Superhero comics

Graphic novel adaptation of YA novels (Twilight, Beautiful Creatures, etc.)


School Library Journal – Graphic Novels

No Flying No Tights – Kids

Goodreads List – Best Graphic Novels for Kids


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