Hi everybody. I'm Camden Tadhg. You may know me as the person whe sends you a million annoying LSYC-related emails :) I'm currently chair of the ASCLA Interest group committee but I would very much like someone else to take over that responsibility. One of the biggest responsibilities of the ASCLA committee is to organize our gatherings at Midwinter & Annual, since we need ALA sponsorship for those gatherings. Someday in the not too distant future, I'm going to get organized and have a meeting.
I am the Youth Institutions Consultant for the Colorado State Library which basically means I help the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC), the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Colorado Mental Health Institute (CMHI), and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) run their libraries for youth who reside in state-run institutions. There are 10 public DYC facilities, 1 youth DOC facility, 1 youth CMHI facility and 2 libraries at CSDB. My libraries run the gamut from an oversized closet full of books run by a volunteer to a two story 21st century school library facility staffed with a certified school media specialist. My populations include both pre and post adjudicated youth and youth who are not involved in the judicial system and range in size from 19 to 280 youth.