The March listserv featured a wide range of job postings as well as colleagues in new positions looking for support from our professional community. Another hot topic, with sometimes heated debate, focused on the proposed federal budget and the effect of funding cuts on libraries.
Discussion on signage included general library signs that are cost effective and clear as well as positively worded signage for an early learning center encouraging parents to put down their cell phones and engage with their children.
On the programming side, topics included suggestions of titles or other ideas to keep a 5th grade book club going and growing; experience with a Ready to Read program; author visits and summer reading plans, including ideas for prizes or concrete ways to track books read.
A bit of collection development discussion included recommendations for deciding which authors’ old titles to weed and whether to buy some or all of the James Patterson BookShots short novel series.
Other queries to the list asked for information or pictures about tablet stations and how devices are secured, library or government rules regarding smoking and/or vaping, and experiences with a volunteer or service organization fair.
The ARSL listserv is one of the most popular member benefits. In addition to library operations topics, you’ll find job postings and continuing education opportunities. Members can access the archive here: https://arsl.info/faqs/