For my first post here, I'd thought I'd do a summary of all of my projects and fun things I'm doing:
I'm pleased to be a reviewer/elector for Choose to Read Ohio! I'll be helping to select books for the Teen and Adult categories.
I'm excited to start a new position in a public library serving youth! More details as I get settled in.
I just got back from the Young Adult Library Services Association's Symposium in Louisville, KY! I had a blast and can't wait to try out all of the cool ideas I learned about. I posted some of my thoughts during the symposium on my Twitter feed with the hashtag #yalsa17. I should mention that while at the symposium, I was able to meet some great authors -- including Nina LaCour, who wrote the heartbreakingly beautiful We Are Okay. I was able to tell her that it was my favorite book of the year without totally melting down, so that will always be a highlight of my life. I'll post a #bookhaul from the event soon.
I'm about a month or so away from finishing my first semester of library school, and wow, it's gone by quickly! Next semester I'm going all out on my favorite topics: Programming & Services for Children + Youth (two separate classes), Serving Diverse Communities in the Library, and two short seminars: one on social media/analytics, and one on indigenous librarianship. I'm not sure if it's mentioned elsewhere on my page, but my M.A. in Political Science was really in Political Theory w/an emphasis on Women's Studies and Critical Race Theory . . . so combining that with librarianship is all I could ever want. Recently I started doing some research on applying CRT to librarianship (see: Kafi Kumasi) and I hope to continue once I have more free time.
That's all for now! I'll sign off with an update on what media I'm consuming:
Audiobooks: The Thing About Jellyfish; The Fifth Season; My Brilliant Friend
Physical Books: Lucky in Love
e-books: She Persisted; Obsidian (a Lux Novel)
TV show: The Good Place; Riverdale