Blogger Bethany Lafferty, Child Advocacy, Committees, Partnerships, Programming Ideas

Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up month, and you’re probably planning for it now! The Kids! Campaign has great FREE resources useful in your marketing and programming. Start with these ideas and success stories: Why not use the Kids! Campaign slogan of “So Much to See, So Much to Do @ Your Library” to help market your sign-up campaign? Find logos with graphics here: Remember that you can use the great audio file of Bill Harley’s library song to open your programs or school visits. Or how about using it as the music customers hear when they call the library and are put on hold? Find a host of other fun ideas for connecting kids and libraries here and throughout the Kids! Campaign web pages. Happy planning!

Blogger ALSC Office, News of Interest, Our Organizational Support, Web site

Web Site Overhaul

In fall 2008, ALA will unveil a redesigned Web site that is the culmination of two years of gathering information from focus groups, interviews, usability tests, surveys, and other feedback loops.  ALSC’s Web site will also be redesigned to follow the new ALA site structure as closely as possible.  From August 1 until ALA’s new Web site is launched, ALSC is unable to make changes to its Web pages.  However, existing content will remain live, and breaking news will continue to update on the ALA home page.  In addition, the ALSC-L electronic discussion list and blog will continue to offer current information.  We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The target date of the launch is early September. We invite you to preview the site’s new look at, and to see ALSC’s work in progress at  We are excited about these changes and…

Blogger ALSC Office, Digital World, Professional Development

ALSC’s First Ever Online Continuing Education Courses

This fall marks a first for ALSC with the start of Online Continuing Education!  Four online courses will be offered this fall, including: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” (Katherine Todd); “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” (Nancy J. Keane); “The Technology Enhanced Library Professional” (Sara Fisher); and “Sharing Poetry with Children” (Sylvia M. Vardell).  The first set of courses, selected by the ALSC Education Committee, will begin Oct. 6 and run through Nov. 14.  Future sessions are scheduled for February 2009 and summer 2009.  All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.  Two of the courses focus specifically on using technology in children’s library programming.  “The Technology-Enhanced Library Professional” will show participants how new technologies can be utilized in the library.  The course will also explore, through the discussion of current events and articles, different issues arising with the increasing…