I had a blast planning\coordinating\presenting at the NJLA Youth Services Forum on Thursday, November 14, 2013. The best part was discovering that I had actual readers; that, in fact, some people are even reading what I put on this website. Sometimes I am afraid that I am talking to myself out here in cyberspace. I hope that some new readers find this website via the YSF. If you have, welcome! I hope that who were already landing here during their trips around the world wide web continue to visit and find things of value here. If that's you, welcome back! I also hope that some of these readers will start to participate, by commenting and submitting articles and reviews for the website. See the homepage for submission information.
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.