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 – In Conversation with Helaine Becker

Helaine Becker

Helaine Becker

Thanks to those who were able to come to our skype conversation with Helaine Becker this afternoon!

This event was co-hosted with Librarians Without Borders. LWB’s chair, Angela, led the conversation in which Helaine told us about her experiences as a writer, her career in publishing, visiting schools and their libraries, and her work advocating for literacy all over the world.

One of the organizations Helaine has worked with is Access Books, a California-based non-profit that updates and re-fits school libraries in inner-city communities. Helaine teamed up with them after visiting schools in California and seeing the stark difference between the quality of school libraries in wealthy communities vs poor communities.

Another organization Helaine has been working with in conjunction with Librarians Without Borders is Water of Hope, a Cambodian NGO that brings clean, fresh water to rural communities. According to research, community members are more likely to use library services if they’re located near the water source for the community.

Helaine also talked to us about what she’s seen as she visits schools and libraries across Canada and encouraged us to continue outreach work as we become librarians to ensure we assist young people to grow up to be readers and good citizens of the world.

Thank you so much to Helaine for talking with us and answering our questions today, it was a fun, interesting conversation!

YA/Teen/Tween Programming Brainstorming Session

 Our first SLACYS brainstorming/discussion session was completely rad, and drew tons of great ideas out of our membership. There’ll be some more fleshed out ideas for each of these sections posted in the future, either by me or some other super cool SLACYS lady/dude, but for now here is our Phenomenal Master List of Programming Ideas!


Artistic Content Creation Programs


Found Art Projects

Knitting/Crocheting Instruction


Artist Trading Cards

-cross-library exchanges


Art Creation


Writing Content Creation Programs


Pen-pal programs

-anonymous letters

-writing to seniors/veterans

-cross-library exchanges

creative writing groups

write your own scripts

write a videogame


Life Skills Programs




Homework Help

Managing Your Money



Performance Programs


Loud at the Library

Puppet Performances

Interactive Library Theatre

Murder Mystery Party


Good Clean (Sometimes Messy) Fun

Henna Night

After-hours lock-in

Board Game Session

Tabletop RPGs

Lego/Kinex Construction Collaboration

Amazing Race with Community Partner

Archery Lessons (or other book tie-ins)



Technology Programs

Teen-Senior Tech Workshops

Teen Peer/Children’s Tech Workshops

Programs on Open-source Software






Reading Programs

Mother-Daughter Bookclub (maybe more for tweens?)

Regular Book Club (probably best with an established base)

Read and Review Club

Teen Programming and You: A Discussion


Join us on Thursday, January 31st in the fourth floor Grad Lounge for a rousing brainstorming session and discussion about creating effective programs for Tween and Teen patrons. Discussion will begin at 4:30, but feel free to drop in a couple minutes late. Sugary things will be available!

To get you rolling thinking about the possibilities, here are the 2007 YALSA guidelines for YA/Teen programming! Although there are updated 2010 guidelines available on the YALSA page, I’m reproducing the 2007 ones because they have a section that’s pretty direct about lumping all the services/programming stuff together.

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