8 questions to explore children’s materials from a librarian POV.


questionsFollowing you can find the questions that I will share with the guest speakers. The guest speakers are mainly librarians that work on collection development and since the course is focused on materials, try to focus your question on that area of children’s librarianship. Following you can find the final 8 questions. Some of the questions we discussed in class have become follow up or example questions for a general one. Let me know if you have any concerns about them


  1. Please, walk us through an average day in your job, how would you explain your job to the average person? Other than the average day, how do you prefer spending your days in the library? Any favourite activities?
  2. How do you stay current on different media trends among babies, children and their families?
  3. How much does the curriculum or your relationship with local schools influence your selections? How do you try to integrate local authors or local organizations in your work?
  4. What is your best technique for effective reader’s advisory for early readers? For example, how do you get to the needs of your young patrons? How do you work with parents?
    1. How do you introduce new materials in the library so families are aware and interested in using it?
    2. Any advice on dealing with a parent who finds a book that you selected offensive or inappropriate? Or how do you justify purchasing materials that you know might create some controversy?
  5. Is there any professional resources that you would highlight for future youth-focused librarians? Did resources come up in the interviewing process? How much did you know going in? How much did you learn on the job?
  6. Could you discuss some current or future trends you see in libraries? For example, what are some pros and cons you find when selecting materials that promote digital materials/reading?
  7. Highlight an insight, an opportunity, or a role model/mentor that inspired or helped in your career
  8. Overall, what would you say is the biggest challenge in your job? How do you deal with it? And the main reward of your position? What is one piece of advice you would like to share with future librarians?





7 questions to find teen librarianship’s essence…too much pressure? No!!





Following you have the five questions we developed and selected in class; you also have two more than you can create or choose from the non-selected ones. Revisit the little tips we saw in class about how to organize interview questions. Remember, interviewing is a collaboration where the interaction of both parts produce new knowledge:

  • How do you stay current on trends among teens?
  • How do you establish boundaries with teen patrons?
  • How do you get teens interested in your current programs? Or new programs?
  • What has been your most successful strategy to improve the teen department?
  • Overall, what would you say is the biggest challenge of teen librarianship or being a teen librarian? How do you deal with it? And the main reward of your position?