Magazine article American Libraries

Leaders, Mentors, Superfans

Magazine article American Libraries

Leaders, Mentors, Superfans

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Where was fan fiction when I was growing up? I would have loved rewriting favorite TV shows and movies with like-minded aspiring authors. It's inspiring to K learn about the connections between teen writers and librarians who love creating remix characters with the opportunity to share in groups at the library or online. Learn more about the fellowship of fanfic, as well as the bewildering vocabulary that accompanies the genre, in our story by Anne Ford on page 34.

You know what a mentor is, and you might be one for a colleague or student. There's another kind of mentor you can be as a librarian--a media mentor. You'll work with your patrons, helping them to navigate beyond the collection of books in your library to find audio, video, apps, and more in the digital sphere. Our excerpt from Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families by Claudia Haines, Cen Campbell, and the Association for Library Service to Children offers ideas and tips on page 48.

One of the happiest days in recent library history was when Carla Hayden, former ALA president and executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, was confirmed as the new Librarian of Congress. …

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