Blogger Managing Children's Services Committee

What do you want to learn?

In the spring of 2016, the Managing Children’s Services Committee provided a free, four-part webinar series for ALSC members looking to further develop their leadership and managerial skills. Topics included: scheduling and time management, managing financials, communication, and supervision. The committee would love to offer another round of webinars, and we want to hear from you — what do you want to learn about? Is strategic planning looming in your future? Is program evaluation an area where you could use more resources? Whatever issues you’d like to learn more about, please let us know in the comments below!

ALA Annual 2017, Awards & Scholarships, Blogger Elizabeth Taft

2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

Recognize Yourself or a Colleague with ALSC Professional Awards

Yes, it may feel as though Annual Conference just ended, but applications for the 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award are already open! What is the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award, you might ask? The Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award provides for up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference and the Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder banquet.

Blogger Liaison with National Organizations, Collaboration, Early Literacy, Partnerships, STEM/STEAM

Pack in the fun with Nature Backpacks

The heady months of summer are winding down, yet you still may be experiencing an influx of young people in the library. While this is a fun time to see so many new faces in the library, the nice weather creates an opportunity to partner with your local forest service or park service departments to encourage families to explore the outdoors into the upcoming autumn. 

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee, Books, Children's Literature (all forms), Committees, Intellectual Freedom


Respect is a theme that kept popping up in my recent reading. I’m catching up on some middle-school fiction and dealing with demeaning, diminishing and disrespectful behavior from peers and adults is a motif that recurs over and over. Of course, it’s an issue that persists into the adult world. How people communicate on social media and in the comments section in traditional media has gotten lots of attention recently.  Freedom of speech is easier to love if the speech isn’t directed at you.

ALSC Member Profile, Blogger Mary R. Voors

ALSC Member of the Month – Rhonda Pai

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Rhonda Pai.

Books, Children's Literature (all forms), Guest Blogger

Kids Need Translations – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Ortelius World Map

There’s a new group of activists on the block – the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI). This translator-led group includes editors and librarians. Our mission is to promote the increased publication of translations from other countries (the numbers are pitifully low) and to provide resources to help librarians understand how to use these titles so if they do get purchased they don’t sit on the shelf and then get withdrawn for lack of circulation.