It was a mere two weeks ago that many of us gathered in Oakland CA for the 2014 ALSC Institute. And thank goodness you all blogged about it! For those that couldn’t come, or missed a crucial session, here’s your chance to catch up online.
From the Guerilla Storytime to the closing session, our live bloggers posted throughout the conference from different sessions, and many of you tweeted at #alsc14 …thanks to S. Bryce Kozla for this Storify version.
Many of you have provided wrap-ups at your own blogs: Penny Peck reports on the Institute at BayViews, Marge Loch-Wouters gives the low-down on the Instiute vs. ALA Conferences, and you can find reports on their programs from Amy Commers, Sylvia Vardell, Claudia Haines, and Amy Koester. Who did I miss? Tell us in the comments below.
There’s more to come, as our two Friends of ALSC-sponsored ALSC Institute Scholarship winners will be posting their thoughts soon: Gesse Stark-Smith on October 14th and Nicole Martin on October 21st. Stay tuned.
Many of you have reported on the value of this conference in your surveys:
“I brought back wonderful program ideas, and a renewed passion for my profession.”
“I thought the Institute was excellent. The sessions were all very helpful and the speakers were great too. The best part was hearing about what other Children’s librarians are doing, and being given a space to hear about and share ideas.”
I hope you all made new connections, sparked new ideas, and are putting them into play with a renewed sense of purpose and fun. The 2016 ALSC Institute will be held September 15-17, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. See you there!
Nina Lindsay was the chair for the 2014 ALSC Institute, and is the Children’s Services Coordinator for the Oakland Public Library, CA.