Blogger Jeanette Larson

Post Master’s Children’s Studies Program

This has been posted to some of the listservs but seems like such a good opportunity that it is worth repeating. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering EIGHT FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS over the next two years (2009-2011) to outstanding and diverse students who have a strong interest in YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIANSHIP and are admitted to the GSLIS Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program. Sharing Success will allow outstanding library practitioners to FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING related to youth services librarianship.  In addition, the program will provide institutional support for these students to DEVELOP CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS for other professionals.  Through these activities, Sharing Success will help broaden the base of youth services librarians who can provide quality continuing education for their practitioner peers in school and public libraries and contribute to best practices and research in this field….


People Told Me that the ALA Conference Would be Big…

People told me that the ALA Conference would be big.  I saw the numbers and told my husband, friends and family before I left that tens of thousands of librarians would be there.  Still, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the event when I finally got there.  Do I go to awards events and see authors speak?  Buckle down and try to attend informative programs that could help me be a better children’s librarian in the future?  Sit in on meetings to learn more about how to get involved in ALA?  Take some time out and “do Chicago”? In the end I did a mix of all of the above.  The Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder Award speeches were definitely a highlight.  Eighty-six year-old Author/Illustrator Ashley Bryan gave a warm, invigorating speech with call and response that touched everyone in the audience and brought them to their…

Child Advocacy

Minors and Internet Interactivity: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

During the 2009 Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s Council adopted the Minors and Internet Interactivity statement as part of ALA’s Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights. As stated in the introduction to the Interpretations, Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices. […] These documents are policies of the American Library Association, having been adopted by the ALA Council. Please read Minors and Internet Interactivity, which is available on the ALA Web Page (Mission & History–> Key Action Areas–> Intellectual Freedom –> Policies, Statements, Guidelines.) To provide for ease in commenting, it is also included here in its entirety: Minors and Internet Interactivity: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights The digital environment offers opportunities for accessing, creating, and sharing…

Children's Literature (all forms)

2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee invites ALSC members to suggest authors or illustrators for consideration for the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The Wilder Award is given every two years to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Contact 2011 Wilder Chair Megan Schliesman ( directly if you would like to suggest authors or illustrators for the committee’s consideration. For more information on the Wilder Award, including past winners and the award criteria, go to the ALSC Web Site –> Awards & Grants –>Book and Media Awards –>Wilder Medal. Megan Schliesman, Chair 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee — Megan Schliesman, Librarian Cooperative Children’s Book Center School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison 600 N. Park Street, Room 4290 Madison, WI 53706


Conference 2009 Experienced for the first time

Greetings from Idaho! I’m Kimbre Chapman and I run the Children’s Department at a library in the Boise area, Caldwell, Idaho. Have any of my fellow youth services librarians ever wondered why the ALA conference is scheduled in the middle of Summer Reading!? ALA has been over for a week now and I’m finally getting a chance to add a few comments, along with providing a few useful links.  It was certainly huge with over 13,000 people in attendance, and felt something like my visit to New York City.  I went prepared to be overwhelmed but interestingly was not. Maybe this was because I was expecting to be and was pleasantly surprised when that turned out to not be the case. It was big though, even though attendance was down due to the economy.  My first order of business was to attend the ALSC New Members Roundtable, which provided information about the division as well as…

Child Advocacy

Programming for Children with Special Needs, Part Five

by Tricia Bohanon Twarogowski In this final installment of the series examining programs for children with special needs and their families, I share ideas on two final topics: potential partnerships and future possibilities for this specialized programming. Partnerships As mentioned in Part One, reaching out to community organizations affiliated with special needs is beneficial not only to attract participants but also to gain feedback in both the planning and assessment of programming. Partnerships will be influenced by proximity, quality of contacts made and their willingness to support your efforts. The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County’s partnership with the Autism Society of Mecklenburg County has resulted in invaluable information being shared about a myriad of topics ranging from a better understanding of behaviors exhibited in the Library to use of the schedule board during programs and ultimately the production of a training video to assist other library staff considering…

Blogger Bethany Lafferty

“Serving Students on the Spectrum,” an AASL Presentation

At the 2009 ALA Annual Conference the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presented the terrific program Serving Students on the Spectrum.  The program was hosted by Alison Ernst, Director — Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA) Library and Academic Resources and Ernie Cox, Media Specialist — St. Timothy’s School (NC) with the following panelists: Patty Saidenberg, Consultant — Trent Learning Corp. (NY); Georgia Winson, Director — Autism Program of Illinois; Bernadette Nowakowski, Director — Chicago Public Library Children & Young Adult Services; Lally Daley, Clinician — Autism Program of Illinois; Christopher Flint, Lead Trainer – Autism Program of Illinois; Joanne Hughes, Chicago Public Library Board Member and Parent. Each panelist discussed their unique experiences and approaches to working with children and families dealing with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.  Particularly of interest to me was the discussion by Bernie Nowakowski of Chicago Public Library (CPL) and the work that this organization is doing…


ALSC President’s Program: Melba Pattillo Beals

By Monday morning of Annual Conference, I’m usually starting to feel the lack of sleep and overload of information catch up with me. This year’s Charlemae Rollins ALSC President’s Program was an invigorating and moving experience that woke the audience, figuratively and literally. To begin, the St. Ailbe’s Children’s Choir of Chicago gave a rousing performance of gospel songs which brought everyone to be ready to hear Melba Pattillo Beals speak. Beals is the author of Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock High School and White is a State of Mind: Freedom is Yours to Choose. Beals urged the audience to be louder about the role of librarians in education. She asked us: without librarians, where would we be? She would not have known who she was, she says, and would not have realized that she as a person was valued. Beals implored…