ALA Midwinter 2018

Submit Your Mock Elections Results!

What is taking the top honors in YOUR Mock YMA elections? Submit your results now at https://form.jotform.com/alscblog/submit-your-mock-election-results Do you have February 12th marked on your calendar as a red-letter day? If you do, you might be as much as a children’s lit geek as I am! It is, of course, the day the ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver. I love to hear which titles are selected as the official winners. And I love, love, love to track what librarians, students, and other children’s book lovers have selected in their mock elections. Again this year, the ALSC Blog is compiling winners of Mock Elections from around the country. Check it out here. We hope to see these lists grow extensively in the coming months. You can also find this tab at the top of the page of the ALSC Blog. If your…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Volunteer Now to be a #ALAMW18 Live Blogger

One month from today, many librarians will be heading to Denver for the ALA Midwinter Conference where they will be participating in a wide variety of activities: ALSC meetings and events panel discussions speakers Networking Uncommons committee meetings social events hundreds of exhibits to explore networking opportunities the Youth Media Awards and so much more! If YOU are heading to the Midwinter Conference next month, consider sharing your experiences on the ALSC Blog so everyone—especially those #leftbehind—can experience the conference through your eyes. Sound interesting? Contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager at alscblog@gmail.com, for all the information you need to volunteer as a live blogger from the conference. We’d love it if you consider being a live blogger!

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Trending Tweenward

Anyone who has worked with me probably knows that I have a special place in my heart for Tweens. I love tween books and tween programs.  At my old branch, we had a Tween Area, and I have even graced a few of my Tweens’ Snapchats. What I also like about Tweens is that they are a bridge.  They are bridge to Children’s Librarians and Teen Librarians, to us and Teen Services- particularly if you are like me and serving as a Children’s and Teen Librarian!  In my experience when you say “I’m a Children’s Librarian” to someone, what comes to mind is younger kids. Tweens can sometimes be forgotten or overlooked, making me wonder if there will ever be a Tween Librarian position. I guess it was a no brainer that I attended YALSA’s 2017 YA Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky two weeks ago.  I sat in on sessions ranging…

Blogger Nina Lindsay

Doing it All: “Small”

I’ve always lived and worked in urban spaces. While nearly 81% of the US population live in urban areas according to the 2010 census, my visit to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference in St. George UT in September made it clear how myopic it is exclude rural perspectives “by default” from professional conversations. I’ve since been thinking about how ALSC might better serve colleagues in rural communities, and all of us, by centering aspects of our work from a “small library” perspective, keeping in mind particular challenges that many of us work with:

Blogger Heather Acerro

From Meh to SUMMER PLAYLIST!

At PLA 2016, I attended the “How Two Libraries Quit Summer Reading and You Can, Too” program with the real hope (deep in my heart) that I would never, ever, ever do a summer reading program (SRP) again. You already know where this is going. That program title was a trick to get me in the door, but the presentation was full of good stuff that re-invigorated my team to finally make the changes to our SRP that we had been imagining for years. That PLA session was the inspiration that made us examine everything we were doing and start over. Let’s begin with a tour of the past. Our SRP wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t a team effort, but rather a task on someone’s to-do list. Since SRP isn’t an easy program for one person to put together, we knew this was a practice that needed to change. Also,…

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

On the Road with ALSC… at IFLA!

Amazing hand-illustrated poster - IFLA 2017

ALSC members Christine Caputo and Marianne Martens recently attended the 2017 International Federation of Libraries and Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Wroclaw (pronounced something like vrot-slav), Poland. Wroclaw is a beautiful city in western Poland, that in 2016 was both the European capital of culture and also the world book capital. The world book capital makes perfect sense based on the number of bookstores in the city, and the beautiful libraries.

ALA Annual 2017

From Alabama to Chicago and Back Again

Thanks to a grant from ALSC and Penguin Random House, I was able to attend my first national library conference.  I have been working in children’s libraries since 2005 as a page, and I’ve been hooked ever since! At the end of 2014, I became the Head of the Children’s Department at Homewood Public Library outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Living in Alabama in the summer with 90 degree weather and 90% humidity made me especially excited for the conference!  I have never been to Chicago, and I relished the opportunity to visit the windy city. Here are my six favorite experiences from ALA 2017: 1. Visiting the Harold Washington Library! The new children’s space at the Harold Washington Library opened recently to patrons, and it is an inspiring and innovative space.  Among the shelves of books are dozens of play spaces for all ages ranging from birth to tweens.  Parents…