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ALSC Connection at the 2018 National Institute #alsc18

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Think the ALSC National Institute is just about breakout sessions and speakers? Think again! It is also a great place to network with other librarians and educators and learn about how you can get involved with ALSC. In addition to a great lineup of programs and some amazing keynote speakers, we have several ALSC Connection opportunities where Institute attendees can unwind, swap stories, and get a glimpse inside some of Cincinnati’s literary and historical institutions! On Wednesday, September 26, the Friends of ALSC are sponsoring a reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Mingle with others interested in library service to children while enjoying stunning views of the Ohio River, light hors d’ouevres and a cash bar. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore some of the Freedom Center’s exhibits. This free event is open to everyone, even those who are not registered for the Institute. However, advance…

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What’s the Big Idea? #alsc18 #act4kids

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If our previous posts haven’t already enticed you to sign up for the ALSC Institute in Cincinnati this September, the inclusion of two “Big Ideas” sessions should seal the deal! New this year, the Big Ideas sessions will kick off Thursday’s and Saturday’s activities with top-of-mind topics discussed by industry leaders. In the Big Ideas session “A is for Advocacy,” a veritable who’s-who of children’s literature scholars will present their perspectives and action steps to bring diverse literature front and center in libraries and classrooms. The panel discussion runs from 11 am-12 pm on Thursday, September 27, and features four speakers: Edith Campbell is an Assistant Education Librarian at the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University, and blogs at CrazyQuiltEdi; Patricia E. Enciso is Professor of Literacy, Literature, and Equity Studies at Ohio State University, and the author of numerous publications; Jamie Campbell Naidoo is a Ph.D. and Foster-EBSCO…

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Keynote Speakers at the 2018 National Institute #alsc18 #act4kids

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We are so excited for the opening general session of the 2018 ALSC National Institute with award winning author and illustrator Grace Lin! In addition to writing and illustrating fabulous books, Grace is an advocate for diversity and an inspiring speaker.  If you haven’t watched her excellent Tedx talk  “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” go ahead and watch. We’ll wait. Wasn’t that great? We can hardly wait to see, hear and meet Grace live and in person. Her new book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, will be available in August from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – just in time for the Institute. After a good night’s sleep, you won’t want to miss this year’s Breakfast for Bill panel on Friday, September 28th.  Author Margarita Engle and two of her illustrators, Raúl Colón and Mike Curato, will discuss the creative collaboration process. Engle and Colón…

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2018 National Institute Programs! #alsc18 #act4kids

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Looking for a reason to attend the ALSC Institute in Cincinnati this September? Check out the lineup of amazing programs! Attendees will be able to choose 8 of the 16 programs. There will be two opportunities to catch each program, so you won’t miss out on your top choices.  From practical programming ideas to thinking critically about literature, planning and identity – the variety and quality of all of these programs is almost impossible to convey in a single blog post, but we’re going to try. For a full list of program descriptions, visit the Institute programs page! For professionals working with our smallest library patrons, you can learn about how to connect with caregivers at “Grown-Ups are People Too: Promoting Caregiver Bonding with Awesome Early Literacy Programming,” or get those caregivers and children engaged with play at “Inspiring Sensory Play: Babies and Toddlers.”   “Moovin’ and Groovin’ in the Library”…

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ALSC Institute … Recap Online!

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…

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Institute from near or far

It’s true: registration for the ALSC Institute has reached maximum capacity and is now closed. We’re very sorry that we weren’t able to accommodate the demand.   But not to fear: you can come right here for live blogging during the Institute!  And watch for a wrap up post next month, along with an announcement of the location for ALSC Institute 2016. For those that will be joining us in Oakland, stayed tuned for local information on our website, as well as instructions for how to access online materials.  And… would you care to share with your colleagues? We are still recruiting live bloggers; just contact alscblog@gmail.com. Here’s what’s happening in Oakland this week. See you all soon! Nina Lindsay, ALSC Institute Task Force Chair, Oakland Public Library

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Coming Soon…the ALSC Institute

It’s not too late to register for the ALSC Institute, but advance rates close August 24th, and we are reaching our registration cap, so don’t wait too much longer! We’ve been giving you some teasers for what you can expect in our programs, and some thoughts on what to do around town. Here’s a few reasons you may want to come early and stay late (or at least stay UP late): The Eat Real Festival at Jack London square will be going on all weekend, and is a great way to browse the Bay Area’s food scene. You’d have to get into town very early to catch the First Friday Art Murmur events, but Oakland’s galleries are open. Check out their events listings, or just stroll by on Saturday. Music anyone? Maybe Caetano Veloso at the historic Paramount Theater (where you should make sure to use both the downstairs and the mezzanine powder rooms,…

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Talking Dewey-Lite: A Solution to the Non-Fiction Problem — ALSC Institute Programs

The upcoming ALSC Institute in Oakland, CA, on September 18-20, 2014, provides an abundance of outstanding programs to attend, from exploring innovative ways for youth services librarians to engage with community to the latest in early literacy research and best practices. Among the many programs offered will be Dewey-Lite: A Solution to the Non-Fiction Problem, offering solutions for increasing the browsability of non-fiction collections while enhancing the patron searching experience. Program presenter Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla gave us a few minutes of her time to talk about what Institute attendees can look forward to. Tell us a little about yourself. I am the Collection Development Coordinator and Assistant Head of Children’s Services at Darien Library. My co-presenter, Kiera Parrott, was the Head of Children’s Services at Darien during our non-fiction reorganization and is currently the Reviews Editor at School Library Journal. Tell us about your program in just 6 words. Dewey…