As we get into August, it’s a great time to consider becoming an ALSC member. For one thing, ALSC is starting to accept committee assignments, so new members can volunteer to help out in a number of key areas. ALSC is also preparing to start accepting applications for professional awards and grants. Every year, ALSC gives away over $82,000 in grants, awards, and scholarships.
New members can also forward to joining one of the largest organizations dedicated to children’s librarianship in the world. Still not sure? Here’s just a quick list of some awesome benefits to ALSC membership:
- Discounts on ALSC’s fun, convenient and informative online education courses
- The opportunity to connect with thousands of other librarians, academics, and children’s librarians via ALSC’s social media networks
- Become involved in one of many committees including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott selection committees
- A subscription to ALSC’s academic journal Children and Libraries and to ALSC’s quarterly newsletter ALSConnect
- A discount on professional development opportunities like ALSC National Institute and Annual Preconference
- Reduced rates on ALSC publications, such as the recently released El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día or In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals, 2001-2010
It’s important to remember that membership with ALSC can also be discussed in terms of the quality of relationships and interactions with other members. Every member that joins ALSC becomes a part of a community of professionals and advocates.
Consider joining ALSC today. For more information on how to become a member, check out the ALSC Membership Page. Should you have any questions, you can also contact ALSC Membership Specialist Dan Rude at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-545-2433 ext 2164.