As a new student to McGill's School of Information Studies, one of the first organizations that I joined was the McGill Multilingual Children's Library (MCL), and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.
A small collection of multilingual children's books and language resources, the MCL is entirely run by student volunteers. Becoming a member meant that I was taking part in running a miniature library - we applied for grants, bought books, developed a cataloguing system, created collection development policies and promoted our resources through various online media. Every month we provided story time to the children of McGill graduate students.
As September comes around again, we are hoping for another successful year with new volunteers to bring fresh ideas and perspectives, especially regarding community outreach and widening our user base. The wonderful thing about the MCL is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. Any skill you learn in library school can be put to work, and any ideas you have can be tested out. We are a very collaborative and welcoming group, and we hope to see many new faces this semester!
Want to know more about the MCL? Feel free to browse through our online catalogue, visit our website at http://mcgillmcl.weebly.com/ and check out our Facebook page.
Interested in taking part in the MCL’s initiatives and activities? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.