Young Adult Reference Services Discussion Forum: Why Common Core Standards Matter

Young Adult Reference Services Discussion Forum: Why Common Core Standards Matter

Going to ALA Midwinter in Seattle?  Join us for a timely discussion about the impact of Common Core Curriculum standards in schools and on library service across communities.  Have you only heard of Common Core and don’t know what it is?  Or, are you already familiar with the standards and trying to address the collection and reference needs of students and teachers?  In either case, this discussion will provide you valuable advice and insights!  Everyone working in school, public, and academic libraries is encouraged to attend.

Our discussion leaders:


  • Amanda Ellington, Assistant Branch Manager at the Lexington Park Library, St. Mary’s County, MD.  A 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Amanda was a teacher for eight years and joined the St. Mary’s County Library system in 2009 as a Youth Services Supervisor after completing her Masters degree in Educational Leadership.  She is an active member of ALA, ALSC, and PLA, as well as Maryland Library Association where she graduated from the Maryland Library Leadership Institute.  Amanda has presented at state and national conferences on Active Learning Centers, Play Spaces and Storytimes.


  • Rose Luna, Teacher Librarian at Freeport High School, Freeport, NY, and Bilingual Reference Librarian at Freeport Memorial Library, Freeport, NY, where she leads a Spanish Language Book Club.  In addition to her MLS she holds a Master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision. She has also presented at local, state and national conferences. E-mail: Follow her on Twitter: @rosemluna or RebelMouse:


  • Margaux DelGuidice, Teacher Librarian at Garden City High School, Garden City, NY, youth services librarian, Freeport Memorial Library, Freeport, NY and adjunct professor, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY.  In addition to presenting at local, state and national conferences, she has presented at a Summit on the Common Core. E-mail: Follow her on Twitter: @metadatachick

    Rose and Margaux have co-authored the book, Make A Big Impact @ Your School Board Meeting (Libraries Unlimited, 2012) as well as a forthcoming School Library Monthly article (Spring 2013) on the importance of communicating the Common Core to parents, public librarians and other key library stakeholders.

When and where:

Sunday, January 27, 2013
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Washington State Convention Center
Room 617
Find us on the ALA Scheduler at

This discussion is organized by the Young Adult Reference Services Committee (YARS) of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  Resources resulting from the discussion will be posted on ALA Connect at the committee’s space at out more about RSS and its other Midwinter activities at

See you there!