Do you know about… CLASY?

No, it is not a typo. Today’s post is about the newly formed group Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth (CLASY). Founded by some of my UWO MLIS colleagues Stephanie Vollick, Erin Walker and Sarah Gleeson Noyes, the group aims to create a national network for library staff serving young adults.

According to their Facebook group, CLASY’s goal is to “have as many libraries as possible commit to contributing one thing per year, whether it be a program idea, webinar or pathfinder”. One established pathfinder is the ‘Reference for Teens’ (a go-to resource for all subjects, with annotations describing their function).  When faced with a reference question about an unfamiliar subject or topic, it can be difficult to know which resources to use. This recently produced list aids librarians when unsure where to begin.

I was also impressed with the time and effort put in to create an ‘A-Z list of programs for teens offered in Canadian Libraries’. For any YA librarian, this list is perfect for obtaining ideas or inspiration. I seriously wish my library offered ‘Learn the Art of Hena, Nail Art, Photography for teens, and Yoga’ programs when I was a teen!

Recently CLASY announced that they are planning a professional development event tentatively called “YA Day” for the Ottawa, ON area in October. I am super excited as I was unable to attend their first event in London, ON in May.  If interested in speaking opportunities or volunteering (like me!) please visit their website.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne Iocca
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 00:48:09

    Great idea!


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