Library Leaders

November 2, 2006

Take your kids to work day

Filed under: library profession — wenlib @ 8:17 am

For those in Ontario, yesterday was “Take your kids to work” day.  Grade 9 students get to accompany a parent or other adult to their workplace to see what their job is like. The degree of support from employers varies from workplace to workplace.  In the past, the Commission has put on a pretty good program – rather than just having the kids shadow one person, they arranged tours, so that the students could see the variety of professions and jobs available to them in a relatively small organisation.  The library has been involved in different ways – one year, I did a presentation on information literacy, and why libraries are still useful in the Internet/Google universe (sound familiar?). 

In view of our discussion at the Institute about continuing to develop the profession and “selling” it as an option to the next generation(s), I’m wondering what other workplaces are doing with their “Bring your kids to work” programs, and also wondering what other activities we could try.  Info*Nation (which we discussed) is interesting, but doesn’t give the kids the real-life exposure that “Bring your kids” does.

 Are there similar initiatives elsewhere? What do you do? Does it create “converts”?

 Wendy

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