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Join us in celebrating Día 2017!

Together with Día

Día (El día de los niños, El día de los libros), the national literacy initiative, is celebrated throughout the year and culminates on April 30. On and around April 30, libraries, schools, communities, and families around the country will celebrate by connecting children with diverse books and programs. Since 1996, when nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and literacy as an expansion of Children’s Day, Día celebrations have continued to grow. Why Día? Children depend on adults to help them understand the world around them. Now, more than ever, it is important to teach children how to learn about the cultures and languages of others. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of doing this is through the sharing of books. Through Día, libraries work to… • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories, and libraries….

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Community Forum on Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries

ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum: Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries

The ALSC Board of Directors and 2017 ALSC President Nina Lindsay will be co-hosting an ALSC/AASL Collaborative Community Forum live chat on the topic of Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship for Children in Libraries. The forum will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at: 1 pm Eastern 12 pm Central 11 am Mountain 10 am Pacific With library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where and how? From “fake news” to new privacy concerns, from government “data rescue” to the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens? This ALSC Community Forum will be jointly hosted by ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Directors. We are delighted to open this forum to both divisions’ members. Helpful Resources…

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ALSC Board Adopts 2017-2020 Strategic Plan

Graphic visually representing ALSC's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan

ALSC is pleased to announce its new three-year Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. Thank you to everyone who participated in our in-person and online focus groups, as well as all those who contacted us during this process. Themes that Emerged through Discussion The following is a summary of the major themes we heard through our member input process, and which have shaped our vision statement and strategic directives. The importance of diversity and inclusion within our organization and our profession, including the need for supporting members to serve our communities with cultural competence; and about the crucial role that library service to children serves in our democracy. There are professional challenges in responding to change, demands to serve families in the role of media mentors and early learning experts, and the need for more research and proactive advocacy. Supporting our roles as experts can be challenging when that expertise is represented…

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ALSC Website Under Construction; Improvements Coming Soon!

We are excited to share that ALA’s new responsive design website is coming! Visitors to and will find that the new site resizes to fit their device screen, whether desktop or mobile! That means a more user-friendly experience for everyone. In preparation for this exciting update, ALSC staff is streamlining the site structure to fit the new format. We are revising some top-level navigation terminology (e.g., “Communications & Publications” on the left-hand navigation menu is now “Publications & Resources”) and moving from 13 top-level navigation sections to 8. This latter change requires some web content reorganization and movement, but redirects are being created to provide continuity and help users find the content they need. The updates already have begun and will continue for the next week or two. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work towards the improved design. If you can’t find…