What’s so great about children’s library services? For one caregiver, storytime is so valuable that some days she is “too tired NOT to come!” In one of Thursday afternoon’s virtual institute sessions, “Stories Speak Louder than Numbers: Making the Case for Youth Services,” we heard from Hanna Lee, Nina Lindsay, and Jenna Nemec-Loise about how to talk about outcomes, not just outputs, when advocating for youth services.
Take a second to think about your community. What types of families do you see at your library?
Tech issues and discovering live tweeting made the beginning of the #alsc16 Virtual Institute a fun and connecting experience.
Working in an urban public library, diversity is always on my mind. Up until this year, I was disappointed with the published picture books, lacking representation of various cultures and family structures. Our newly acquired picture books are much better at depicting all types of children and families.
Thursday morning: it’s the first-ever Virtual Institute! After some bumps in the road getting in, we in the ALSC office were treated to Dr. Kathleen Gallagher’s keynote on storybooks and social justice.
An ALSC Virtual Institute participant at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana listens as Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher present the keynote address entitled Storybooks for Revolution: Using Children’s Literature to Lead Children’s Understanding of Social Justice.
Build. Believe. Become. The ALSC Virtual Institute begins today and continues through tomorrow with a great list of sessions. Are you #alscleftbehind and unable to attend? Are you wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog beginning later today for a variety of posts from participants. You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #alsc16.
ALSC announced a new learning opportunity for librarians serving youth. The ALSC Mini Institute is a one-day event that will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017. The Mini Institute will be held just prior to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.