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ALSC Awards Program Review Update

At the Midwinter Meeting 2018, the ALSC Board took action to establish a task force to review our awards program, beginning with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The Awards Program Review Task Force is now underway, to bring recommendations regarding the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Board at Annual Conference 2018.  Following Annual Conference, the task force will examine our other awards for discussion at Midwinter 2019. The task force’s exploration of the Wilder Award will include an online survey for members of ALSC and ALA ethnic affiliates to be announced this week (UPDATE March 27: the survey is now live here, open through April 8), and consultation with publishing representatives, relevant scholars and/or culturally proficient context experts as necessary, to fill gaps in knowledge regarding the impacts of the award as it is currently, and potential impacts for any changes. If the task force recommends changing the name…

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Julie Dietzel-Glair: ALSC Division Councilor Candidate, 2018-19

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this morning’s blog post consists of statements from the candidate standing for election as the ALSC Division Councilor, Julie Dietzel-Glair. Thank you for the opportunity to stand for election to be the ALSC Division Councilor. I believe that the biggest strength I will bring to the ALSC Board is my wide variety of experiences in the public library world. In my 17 years working in libraries, I have been a children’s librarian in a central library branch, an assistant children’s services coordinator for a 22-branch city system, and a branch manager of a small one-room library. I’m now a freelance library consultant that writes professional materials and provides training sessions and I’m lucky enough to still do storytime three days a week. I have been active in ALSC since 2006 and my favorite opportunities have been…

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Cecilia McGowan: 2018-19 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2017-18 Vice President/President-Elect, Randall Enos and Cecilia McGowan. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Cecilia McGowan. 1. What do you consider the most important role of the ALSC President? Work collaboratively with the Board, membership and ALSC Executive Director to fulfill the goals around the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, and to serve as an advocate for children and their caregivers by supporting the education and work of children’s services staff. 2. What skills & strengths would you bring to the office? I’m patient, well organized, friendly, inclusive, thoughtful, a community builder and I have a good sense of humor. I believe my greatness strength is the passion I have brought to my…

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Randall Enos: 2018-19 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2017-18 Vice President/President-Elect, Randall Enos and Cecilia McGowan. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Randall Enos.