ALA Midwinter 2018

Board Action Update: the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

The Laura Ingalls Wilder award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.  It has been given since 1954, when the award was first conferred upon its namesake.  At first given every few years, it is now an annual award. Tomorrow we will announce the 23rd recipient of this award.  With each award conferred, we honor the hard work and dedicated mastery that goes into creating exceptional literature for children.  Each individual honored presents a new standard for book creators to set their sights on, and an established body of work for children to enjoy for years to come. As a member organization that seeks and holds up excellence in our honored award recipients, we also must examine ALSC and hold our structures accountable to our core values: including inclusiveness,…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Fine Free at #alamw18

How are overdue fines preventing you from meeting your library’s core values? Yesterday, I attended a session on going fine free at your library presented by three library administrators who have gone fine free in some form. The effects of fines and fees is an important issue for youth librarians to consider since children and low-income families are disproportionately hurt by libraries enforcing overdue fines. Peter Bromberg, Gretchen Caserotti, and Sara Houghton presented on why and how their libraries have eliminated overdue fines and what effects they have seen. They started the session by asking why libraries have overdue fines. Although librarians were quick to answer – to ensure our materials come back, to teach responsibility – there is little to no research that supports that fines are effective in these ways. Instead, fines are barriers for the families that need our library resources the most. If you’ve not considered…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Snow Day! at #alamw18

  It was a very snowy day in Denver today! It made me very glad that ALA provides shuttles (sponsored by Gale) to transport attendees to and from their hotels and the Convention Center. Even though my hotel is close to the Convention Center, having the shuttles as an option on a day like today was very nice. And everyone was very patient waiting for shuttles that were maybe having to take their time a bit more with such slushy roads. Yay shuttles!

ALA Midwinter 2018

Failure is an Option

Yesterday, I attended an #alamw18 preconference on collective leadership presented by Cassandra O’Neill. One of my biggest takeaways from this pre-conference is one that I think is super relevant to youth librarians. As she was talking about the process of implementing collection leadership techniques, Cassandra emphasized that things might not work the first time. And that’s okay. It’s okay to fail as long as you don’t give up, as long as you keep learning and trying. She suggested that this is a big idea to emphasize with staff as you’re making changes. It might not work right away. And that’s okay. Librarians, and especially youth libraries, like to be excellent. We like to be great right away. And if you’re great right away, that’s fantastic. But if you try something new, something different, and you’re not great right away, that’s also okay. In fact, it’s expected. When we’re trying out…

ALA Midwinter 2018

#BlackLivesMatter founder at #alamw18

The opening session of ALA Midwinter 2018 started off with a bang as we heard from #BlackLivesMatter founder Patrisse Cullors and 13-year-old Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Both of these amazing women have recently published books and their talk was structured as an interview, with Marley asking Patrisse all kinds of questions from how to handle the responsibility of starting an activism movement to how she educates her son about feminism to what her five favorite animals are. Both these amazing women had so much to say about the adults that influenced them as children. For Patrisse, her fourth grade teacher who handed her books about civil rights, talked to her about them, and allowed Patrisse to teach her classmates about the books was an enormous positive influence in her life. Marley shared words of advice from her mother many times. I’m so glad that ALA brought these accomplished and…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Tips for a Midwinter First Timer

ALA’s Midwinter Conference is almost here! (in case you couldn’t tell from all the other posts). Midwinter is actually one of my favorite conferences.  While Midwinter has been described as “not as glitzy as Annual” to me, a lot of important work goes on, and I don’t just mean the Youth Media Awards.    Committees meet, seminars like the Morris are held, and you get a chance to here from different ALA groups speak. 

ALA Midwinter 2018

Join ALSC Leadership Discussions at Midwinter

The ALA Midwinter Meeting is nigh, and with it some of the most anticipated discussions of the year…. Oh, you were thinking of the youth media awards, weren’t you? How about: Leadership & ALSC This session is an opportunity for anyone interested in leadership within ALSC to meet and greet, get division and association updates, and engage with an invited speaker on a topic of current concern to our members. How does toxic stress affect the families you serve, and what can you do to serve them better? Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW (and Outreach Services Manager at Poudre River Public Library District), will introduce how current knowledge on toxic stress and its impact is shaping the way public libraries provide services and programs for children and their families, offering a brief overview of research as well as clear, practical approaches for implementing solutions that support the…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Headed to Denver? Join us for Dinner! #alamw18

For new (and old) ALSC members, conferences can seem overwhelming. The ALSC membership committee wants to meet you and welcome you to ALSC and to Denver! What: ALSC “Dutch” (pay your own) Dinner When: Friday, February 9th at 6:30 pm Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street Who: New ALSC members or first-time Midwinter attendees Why: To learn more about ALSC, eat delicious food, make new friends and learn how to conquer the weekend! How: Please RSVP at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/X37T927Ke5xe8nn22 or email alscmembership@gmail.com There’s More!: After dinner, a group will head to the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) event featuring illustrator Jillian Tamaki.  Anyone interested is invited to join.