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ALSC Group D Emerging Leader Survey, or Take Our Survey Please

submitted by Jessica Trujillo, an ALSC-sponsored ALA 2008 Emerging Leader Hello all. It’s me again. My Emerging Leader Group D has been busy as bees creating a survey to see how ALSC improves the lives of its members (because it does, doesn’t it?). The purpose of the survey is “to determine how ALSC can help potential, present, and past members.” While the survey is only 13 questions long, it took us quite a while to finish it. Since we are all spread throughout the country (New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Delaware, and California), we have to work remotely. This situation –for me at least– creates a problem. It reduces the guilt factor if I am not getting things done on time. I still feel guilty for not doing my work on time, but someone giving me the sad eye really puts me over the edge guilt-wise. Also, librarians lead very…

Children's Literature (all forms)

Voting Is Open For Children’s Choice Book Awards

  Voting is now open for the first ever Children’s Choice Book Awards! The Children’s Book Council abd CBC Foundation launched the program this morning with the announcement of 25 finalists in five categories (see below). The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read. Children will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at www.BookWeekOnline.com until May 4. The Children’s Choice Book Award winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Award gala on May 13 in New York City as part of Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2008), the oldest national literacy event in the United States. This initiative is a new component of Children’s Book Week, which…

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Behind the ALSC Scenes…The Adventure Continues

Hello and welcome to another scintillating installment in the “Behind the ALSC Scenes” adventure series! As program officer for communications here in ALSC, I divide my time working on ALSConnect, the Kids! @ your library® Campaign, the ALSC Web site, Children and Libraries, non-serial publications, and the electronic discussion lists (not necessarily in that order!). As you might gather from my job title and responsibilities, I like the written word. And this often amazes me, considering this very slow-reading gal spent every Friday of third grade DREADING the day’s torturous McCall-Crabbs reading test. (I’m cringing just thinking about those days. Talk about ruining a perfectly good Friday.) I’m sure I flunked every last one of those tests! Either I’d try reading the entire text and have NO time to answer the associated questions, or I’d skim the text so lightly that I couldn’t correctly answer the questions. (Doh!) Was it…