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ALSC Executive Director Changes

Hello ALSC! As many of you may already know, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as ALSC Executive Director. It’s been a terrific 3+ years with all of you, but my husband and I are seeking to adopt a second child (we adopted Steven, now 5, in January 2004), and I feel like I need to turn my attention family-ward for a little while. My last day will be Wednesday, April 1, 2009. I’m remaining a member of ALA and ALSC, and hope to see many of you at Annual Conference in July. I am also on Facebook and encourage you all to join; it’s very easy to use and makes staying in touch simple and fun! Interviews for my successor have already taken place and I expect the announcement of the new Executive Director to be made shortly; stay tuned. In the meantime, rest assured that the…

Child Advocacy, Other ALA Divisions/Programs, Our Organizational Support, Outreach, Programming Ideas, School Library Media Specialist

Worlds Connect @ your Library®

April is a wonderful time to celebrate libraries and library workers. Don’t keep it to yourself. Take the message to the streets and to your legislators during National Library Week (April 12-16, 2009) and School Library Media Month. As you think about the message you want to share, take the time to visit the Issues & Advocacy section of the American Library Association’s web site. Under Advocacy for Libraries, you will discover the Advocacy University which includes Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education which “takes data and statistics from existing studies and translates them into meaningful language that demonstrates the need for libraries in kids’ lives,” as written in the Making the Case page about this project. Worlds connect at our libraries. And during these tough economic times, we must advocate for children and libraries even more.

Blogger Stacy Dillon, Children's Literature (all forms), Digital World, News of Interest, Programming Ideas

National Poetry Month 2.0

April is almost here, and I am sure there are many of you looking for a new way to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Why not look to a web 2.0 way for 2009?  Over at GottaBook, the blog of poet/parent/screen writer/ volunteer librarian/ author Gregory K. Pincus, something pretty amazing is about to begin.  It is the home of “30 Poets / 30 Days”.  This is not your ordinary poem-a-day kind of happening.  Every day in April, Gregory will be posting an unpublished poem from a different poet. Poets who have signed on include: Arnold Adoff, Jaime Adoff, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Kristine O’Connell George, Charles Ghigna, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Mary Ann Hoberman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, X. J. Kennedy, Bruce Lansky, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Pat Mora, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Gregory K. Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Adam Rex,…

ALSC Online Courses, Blogger Stacy Dillon, Bloggers, Literary and Related Awards, Professional Development

ALSC Online Education Courses

For the past few weeks, I have been a member of the ALSC online education course called “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present, and Future.” This is the first time that I have taken advantage of ALA’s continuing education courses, and I have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased. The virtual class was taught by K.T. Horning, who is the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been involved all over ALA, and will be delivering the 2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.  Needless to say, we were in good hands! Over the six weeks that the course was in session, we read at least 9 Newbery winners of our own choosing, along with course guest, and Newbery winner Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard.  We also read many articles questioning and championing the Newbery Award dating …

Awards & Scholarships, Digital World, Diversity, Literary and Related Awards, Partnerships, School Library Media Specialist and ALA showcase Pura Belpré book award winners

The Pura Belpré book awards, which are named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, are being highlighted on The awards are presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.  The 2009 award winners are currently featured on Thinkfinity @ your library, a collection of resources featuring librarian specific content from ALA. is the Verizon Foundation’s comprehensive program and online portal to 55,000 standards-based, grade-specific K-12 lesson plans and other educational resources provided in partnership with many of the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations.  Content for is provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the nation’s leading organizations in the fields of education and literacy. The 2009 Belpré awards, which were announced in January during the Midwinter…

ALSC Board, Our Organizational Support

Viki Ash
2009 ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect Candidate

What do you consider the most important role of the ALSC President? What are the necessary skills to be ALSC President? What strengths would you bring to the office? I see two primary functions for the ALSC President. First, it is the responsibility of the President to listen to, advocate for and be appreciative of the members of the organization. Many ALSC members volunteer countless hours undertaking the business of the organization. Others depend on ALSC for professional development and support, while still others are seeking ways to become more active and engaged in the profession both locally and globally. All ALSC members are valuable to us as a whole and I believe it is the President’s job to keep the needs and interest of the members as the guiding concerns of the organization. Second — it is the responsibility of the President to see the big picture. With the…

ALSC Board, Our Organizational Support

Julie Corsaro
2009 ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect Candidate

What do you consider the most important role of the ALSC President? What are the necessary skills to be ALSC President? What strengths would you bring to the office? The most important role of the ALSC President is to be a leader in implementing the ALSC mission of “forging excellence in library services for all children.” The ALSC President must have strong skills in the areas of communication; organization and planning; and problem solving. In my role as the Priority Group Consultant for the ALSC award committees, I have had the opportunity to develop these valuable skills working closely with members of the ALSC Executive Committee, award committee members, ALSC members at large, as well as publishers and members of the public with an interest in children’s literature. This experience has prepared me well to engage a wide range of perspectives and to communicate clearly and with transparency in a…

Children's Literature (all forms), Digital World, News of Interest, Other ALA Divisions/Programs, Partnerships, Programming Ideas, Publishing World

StoryTubes 2009: Voting has begun

StoryTubes – the 2-minute or shorter “my favorite book” video project sponsored by public libraries has accepted videos from across the United States and Canada in 2009. The number of contest participants tripled from last year (over 400)! Now it’s time for voters to view and choose their favorites. This week. March 16-19, anyone can vote online for individual entries made by students in grades K — 4 and students grades 5 – 8. Just go to to vote this week and during the following weeks: March 23 — 26 Individual entries grades 9 and up March 30 — April 2 Group entries grades K — 6 March 30 — April 2 Group entries grades 7 and up StoryTubes recently was awarded the 2009 PLA Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, which recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative…