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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 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…

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What would you ask Jenni Holm?

Don’t wait too much longer to register for the ALSC Institute in Oakland CA, September 18-20th.  Though the Early Bird registration rate has expired, an advance rate is still available until August 25th.   But registration is filling up fast; and very soon we will be polling pre-registrants for their choices of breakout session at the Fairyland event.  (Later registrants will be assigned a breakout session). Speaking of Fairyland…what would you most like to know about Jennifer Holm, Mac Barnett, or Daniel Handler?  We will have the three of them together on stage, and invite you now to submit some questions in advance.  Just let us know, below, and then register to make sure you’ll find out the answers! Nina Lindsay, Institute Chair and Supervising Librarian for Children’s Services at the Oakland Public Library  

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ALSC Institute at Children’s Fairyland

What do Daniel Handler, gender identity and children, puppets, inclusive practices, and wine have in common? The ALSC Institute fieldtrip to Children’s Fairyland! That’s right, attendees have VIP access to Oakland’s storybook theme park for an afternoon of witty banter, professional development, and play. Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler, and Jennifer Holm kick off the event in Aesop’s Playhouse. Be sure to ask Mac about his early days at Children’s Fairyland. Following, experts in the ALSC community lead small group discussions and interactive breakout sessions on hot topics related to youth services. Sessions range from STEAM activities, Mock Caldecott, storytime innovations, impactful outreach, old-school string stories, and more. The event concludes with a light reception, award winning puppet show, and exploration of Children’s Fairyland. Wanna learn more about Children’s Fairyland?  Check out Institute Task Force Member Penny Peck’s blog about the history and connection with Walt Disney and Frank Oz. Remember…

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ALSC Institute Program Highlights

ALSC Institute Program Highlights: Tween Programming, Early Childhood Partnerships, Making Advocacy  Awesome Meeting children’s librarians from across the country is one of the many benefits of attending the ALSC Institute. In some cases, that even includes the librarians who are presenting the workshops.  In many cases, the programs are presented by librarians from different states, collaborating on a single concept but adding a variety of perspectives. Often they have met in person, serving on ALSC committees together, but in some cases they have only met “virtually” to collaborate on their presentations. Here are three programs that will be presented, with great ideas you can take back and use in your library, that feature speakers from different states working together on the topic: Making Advocacy Awesome: Presented by Helen Bloch of Oakland PL, CA, Jenna Nemec-Loise of Chicago PL, IL and Katie O’Dell of Multnomah County PL, OR.  If you hear…

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Visiting Oakland at the ALSC Institute

Registered yet for the ALSC Institute in Oakland CA? Early-bird registration closes on June 30th.  Beyond the Institute offerings you’ve been hearing about, we want to show you some of what Oakland has in store for you. Where to Go For those looking to add a little exploring to your time in Oakland, you’re perfectly positioned to wander Oakland’s Chinatown, the Uptown art galleries,  and the Oakland Museum of CA.  If you stay through the weekend, check the museum’s schedule for their Third Sundays free Oakland bike tours.  Bicycles are easy to rent at Jack London square. The 12th street BART station is right outside the hotel door and connects you easily to San Francisco and Berkeley, and the rest of Oakland.   But don’t miss the ferry trip into San Francisco–the dock is just a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel, and is a great way to see the Oakland Port, San Francisco…