ALA Midwinter 2011

Library Programs for School Readiness

Do you work with preschoolers? Are you interested in services for preschoolers? Are you heading to ALA Midwinter?  You are invited to check out the Preschool Services Discussion Group meeting on Sunday, January 9th from 4:00 to 5:30. The group will meet in Room 30B of the San Diego Convention Center to discuss the topic of “Library Programs for School Readiness: Getting Kids Ready for School.” Jill Bickford from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in Michigan will address the topic of How Libraries Can Help Parents Get Their Children Ready for School and Partnering with Schools, and Janet Ginsburg, a representative for Stuart Murphy, will speak on the new series of I See I Learn books. You are invited to participate in a round table discussion as well.  Come ready to share your ideas, programs, and services you have have for school readiness for kindergarten kids. Notes from this…

ALA Midwinter 2011

Midwinter Calendar and Updates!

If you’ll be in San Diego, join ALSC for these exciting events! FRIDAY, January 7 ALSC Speed Networking, 7:30 — 9 p.m., MAR/Santa Rosa The object of the evening is to meet as many professionals as you can… with Speed Networking! Join ALSC for this fun spin on the classic speed dating structure. Participants will be organized to move around the room every couple of minutes, meeting new colleagues and exchanging ideas. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. ALSC Speed Networking is being sponsored by Disney-Hyperion. SUNDAY, January 9 ALSC All Committee Meeting, 8 a.m. — Noon, SDCC/Room 32 A/B and 30 C/D All committees will meet during this time to discuss the year’s happenings and future plans. All members are welcome to attend and sit-in on open committee meetings! MONDAY, January 10 ALA Youth Media Awards Announcement, 7:45 a.m., SDCC/Ballrooms A-D The ALA Public Information Office…

ALA Midwinter 2011

Bloggers Wanted

Want to blog for ALSC during the upcoming ALA midwinter conference? The ALSC Blog will be blogging through the midwinter meetings in San Diego, Calif. We hope to be especially active during the Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 10, 2011. Are you interested in blogging? Would you like to contribute?  Please contact us at; we’d love to have your contributions. Let me also take this opportunity to welcome a new blogger to the ALSC Blog. Lisa Taylor,  Senior Librarian in Youth Services at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library in New Jersey is our newest contributor. She has been an occasional guest contributor since 2008; you may recall her most recent post about Virtual ALSC Committee Work. Welcome aboard, Lisa!

Awards & Scholarships

ALSC announces winners of El dí­a de los nií±os/El dí­a del los libros mini-grants

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the winners of the El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros mini-grants. Eight libraries serving a population of 75,000 or less have won mini-grants worth $4,000 each; and seven libraries serving a population of more than 75,000 have won mini-grants worth $6,000 each. The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Intended as an expansion of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Dí­a), the mini-grants have been awarded to libraries that demonstrated a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities. “These mini-grants will provide children and families with an opportunity to explore the diverse cultures of their community,” said Julie Corsaro, President of the Association for Library Service to Children. “Libraries are an ideal family destination, offering parents…

ALA Midwinter 2011

ALSC Scope of Attention Motion

Dear ALSC Members, In light of concerns raised by individuals at our membership meeting last summer, new information and points of view revealed through the discussions on ALAConnect, a board divided over the decision, and in consultation with ALA Parliamentarian Eli Mina, I am bringing forward a motion to rescind the ALSC Scope of Attention Motion at the upper level. This action is not meant to undermine the Board but to determine if the majority still feels that moving forward with this motion is in the best interest of ALSC. At the basic parliamentary level, Mr. Mina assured ALSC Executive Director Aimee Strittmater and me that the Board did nothing improper. But after reviewing our history and seeing the comments on ALAConnect, he felt that consideration of rescinding the motion was valid. The feedback we received from members indicates that the decision to bring forward this motion was reached without…

Professional Development

Rave Reviews for ALSC’s Online Courses

At ALSC we can’t help but be proud of our online education programs. They continue to get rave reviews from students and yet…not everyone knows about them! If you read this blog and you don’t know our online courses by now, we aim to fix that. Incidentally, registration is open for the Winter 2011 online courses. Courses begin February 7, 2011. Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC website. Fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members. But really, the best way for us to describe the courses is from the responses we get. Several courses have been reviewed in the past on this blog (like, here and here), but we thought we’d bring a few more quotes for your perusal. These quotes were taken directly from the fall 2010 reviews of our courses. Enjoy! Information Literacy “The instructor’s own…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

New Great Web Sites for Kids

If you’re like me, you love learning about excellent web sites which you can explore and use with kids or suggest to their parents and teachers.  To help with this, ALSC has added more recommended websites to the Great Web Sites for Kids. This online resource contains hundreds of links to outstanding websites for children. Nineteen new sites have just been added: 4 2 Explore – A + Click Math Practice Tests – ARKive – Barbara McClintock – Clever Crazes for Kids – Geigno’s World – ICivics – Imarbles – Kids Astronomy – Kids Geo – Learning Games for Kids – Math Games from Sheppard’s Software – Ready Kids – Spaghetti Book Club – Sprout (PBS Kids) – Stop Bullying Now – Story Snoops – Story Blocks – Try Science  –…