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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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Philadelphia, PA honored the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner, when Mayor Jim Kenney officially declared July 19, 2016 to be Jerry Pinkney Day.  Festivities were held all around the town to honor the 2016 Coretta Scott King- Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Winner and native son of this proud city.  The highlight of the day was an auditorium program at the Free Library of Philadelphia with Jerry Pinkney in conversation with author Lorene Cary.  I may be starting a rumor, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a future collaboration from them.  I took advantage of the book signing and photo op that ended the evening, and the result is the photo of Jerry Pinkney and me, one of his many Philly fans.

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Onward! (To #ALAAC16 and Beyond!)

“All was well.” –J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Unfathomably, it’s now time for my final monthly presidential blog post (otherwise known as POTA Blog #12). As we look ahead to ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in just about two weeks it is also, of course, a time to look back over the past year. While the 2015-16 Annual Report will be coming soon and will do an excellent job of more thoroughly documenting ALSC’s incredible achievements over the past twelve months, I would like to highlight here three things I said that I would do when I asked for your vote for the honor of serving as ALSC President and which we’ve successfully done together. 1. Reaching Out Over the past year, the ALSC team has engaged in productive conversations with such groups as: Food Research and Action Center Institute of Museum and Library Services The Joan…

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ALSC Award Confidentiality: Let us know what you think!

For decades many ALSC book and media award committees have observed time-honored confidentiality policies. The question has been brought to the ALSC Board: For research purposes, should there be a designated statute of limitations on these confidentiality policies? That’s a big question to think about, and we want your input!  Please complete the following survey by Wednesday, May 18: Let us know what you think!