ALA Annual 2017

This Never Gets Old #alaac17

Chicago Skyline

So, I crunched the numbers last week and calculated that #alaac17 (in my beautiful hometown of Chicago) is my 26th ALA Annual Conference, the very first being in Dallas in June 1989. Seventeen of those conferences have been with ALSC. And, seriously, this conference stuff never gets old! While much of the actual work at ALA Annual is similar from year to year, following a model that is tweaked and fine-tuned with each completed event, each individual conference provides its own unique moments. Here are just a few that made #alaac17 very special: Shaking Congressman John Lewis’s hand directly following his powerful acceptance remarks for the Sibert Medal (for “March: Book 3”). Witnessing the friendship, camaraderie, and love shared among ALSC committee members, the products of long months spent discussing, deliberating, working, and celebrating accomplishments  together. (See some amazing details and photos below!) Seeing, hugging, laughing with, and/or catching up with (whatever…


Dust Off that Dissertation and Present for ALSC!

Present for ALSC - Research-to-Practice Webinar Series

You’ve put away your cap and gown, and the graduation festivities are over. The dissertation or thesis that you spent months or years writing is collecting dust on your desk. If you are wondering what to do with your research now that you have graduated, then ALSC has an opportunity for you! The ALSC Education Committee recently announced its new research-to-practice webinar series. The purpose of the series is to disseminate current research via webinars, which are online, hour-long presentations offered free to ALSC members and anyone interested in attending. This new series is perfect for recent doctoral and master’s degree graduates who are looking for opportunities to share their dissertation or thesis research. Five Reasons to Present Your Research 1. Librarians can learn from you. Sure, you completed your dissertation or thesis as a degree requirement, but one of the purposes of doing research is creating new knowledge that…

Awards & Scholarships

Who Will Deliver the 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture?

2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer

The 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture committee welcomes suggestions from ALSC members for the 2019 lecturer. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Recent past lecturers include Jacqueline Woodson, Pat Mora, Peter Sis, and Lois Lowery. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation, to Barbara A. Genco, committee chair. The 2019 lecturer will be announced at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Arbuthnot site.

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Check Out the 2017 Summer Reading Lists from ALSC

2017 Summer Reading Lists cover images

ALSC’s 2017 Summer Reading Lists are now available! Compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee, the lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four lists are available for: Birth-Preschool; K-2nd; 3rd- 5th; and 6th-8th grade students. The lists are designed as brochures, with fun, colorful designs and a customizable back panel for adding library information, summer hours, etc. Best of all, the lists may be downloaded for free, copied, and distributed to children, parents, and caregivers in your library. Find the lists on the ALSC website. The summer reading lists are the newest additions to ALSC’s collection of recommended reading tools, which also features The Unity and Justice Book Lists, Mismatched Pairs: Paired Nonfiction and Fiction for Tweens, and Great Gifts to Give, among others.

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Digital Citizenship & Libraries: Resources for Librarians Serving Youth

Resources in Support of Digital Citizenship

In March, ALSC and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) co-hosted a Community Forum live chat on digital literacy and digital citizenship for children in libraries. The forum addressed the questions: 1) With library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where, and how? and 2) From “fake news,” to new privacy concerns, to government “data rescue” and 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? Even if you missed the forum, you can still benefit from the conversation. The archived webcast is available for viewing. A transcript of the chat is also available. Special opportunity for ALA/ALSC members The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is holding its 11th national conference June 26-28 in Chicago at Roosevelt University. The…

Awards & Scholarships

Submit Suggestions for 2018 Book Awards and Wilder Award

ALSC Book Awards: Send us your suggestions. Make suggestions for the 2018 book awards and Wilder Award

ALSC Members! Don’t miss your chance to extol the virtues of your favorite children’s author, illustrator, or book! Members are encouraged to submit suggestions for the 2018 book awards and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award consideration. Now it’s easier than ever to share your recommendation(s). You can submit your title or name directly to the award committee via an online webform. Hurry, Wilder Award suggestions are due May 15. All other award suggestion forms are due October 15. Find links to all the award suggestion submission forms on the ALSC website.  Please note: Have your ALA login/password handy to access the online forms.

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Resources for Libraries — In Support of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

A graphic featuring resources that support equality, diversity, and inclusion.

After the November 2016 elections, ALSC began gathering resources to help libraries support children and families in a time of uncertainty and unrest. Our association’s Core Values include Responsiveness, Inclusiveness, Integrity and Respect, and ALSC members stand firm in their commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. This blog post pulls the various resources into one place. Working Google Document This list, in no way exhaustive, provides resources including book & media lists, such as a Storytime for Social Justice Kit, resources for media literacy, grassroots organizing and mobilizing efforts, resources for at-risk communities, and more. It is a living document, currently authored by ALSC committee members and curated by the ALSC Public Awareness Committee. To contribute content, contact Christy Estrovitz. Unity & Justice Book Lists The Unity. Kindness. Peace. book list was produced to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. The Working…