2016 Youth Services Forum
The 26th Annual Youth Service Forum: Libraries Without Walls, a day of hot topics and issues in library services to children and young adults, sponsored by the NJ State Library, the NJ Library Association and the NJ Association of School Librarians, was held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Monroe (Middlesex County) Township Public Library from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. with over 150 librarians in attendance.
The keynote speaker was Lourdes Tango, a consultant specializing in the areas of cultural competence, diversity and inclusion. Her presentation was entitled: “Exploring Unconscious Bias: Leaning into our Cultural Diversity.” She explored with the audience the formulation of cultural values and how those values influence decisions and behaviors. “We are influenced by life experiences,” she said.
The other sessions, with the links to their handouts, included:
•“Tooty” Toddlers: Shaking Up Programming for Your Youngest Patrons
•Teen Talk: Real Issues
•LibGuides and Live Binders: Organizing Information