I realize that as an ALSC sponsored event, information about the National Institute has gone out to the listserv but I also realize that most of us need to get information from more than one source and the blog provides some permanence to the information. The 2008 ALSC National Institute will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, September 18 – 20, 2008. The theme is “Trailblaze Your Path to Library Success” and the focus is on youth services, of course. Topics such as Technology & Children’s Services, Programming in the New Millennium, and Inspiring Lifelong Reading will be covered by programs. One really interesting program will focus on “blogging the best books.”
Some of the authors/illustrators expected to speak include: Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning book “Bud, Not Buddy” (2000) and Newbery Honor books “Elijah of Buxton” (2008) and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963″ (1996); the author/editor teams of Sharon Creech and her editor Joanna Cotler, and William Joyce and his editor Laura Geringer; Laura Vaccaro Seeger, the recipient of both a 2008 Caldecott Honor and a 2008 Geisel Honor for “First the Egg” and author of “Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories” and “Black? White! Day? Night! – A Book of Opposites”, both named to the 2008 Notable Children’s Book list.
More information can be found on the ALSC Web site at www.ala.org/alscinstitute. Registration opens May 1 but start planning now so that you are ready to go as the early bird registration fee saves you some money. There are also some great tours planned!