ALA Midwinter 2017

The Powerful Impact of the ALSC Mini Institute

Jacqueline Woodson delivered the Closing General Session at the Mini Inistitute

India is a land of contrasts. I often find myself straddling the gulf between two vastly different worlds. As a Teacher Librarian at an elite international school, I have the opportunity to work with some of the most privileged, promising children in the country. However, when I volunteer in the slum just a few blocks from my school there are 50 children crammed cheek-by-jowl into a tiny classroom.

ALA Annual 2016

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…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Join the Friends of ALSC

It’s not too late to become a Friend of ALSC! Friends’ projects have a powerful impact not only on our members, but also on their larger communities as a whole. Friends of ALSC support activities such as innovative conference programs and institutes, 21st century challenges, professional development and early literacy projects. As you are making your plans for the holidays and your final year-end donations for the 2015 tax year, we hope that you will include Friends of ALSC in those plans and show your continuing support for creating a better future for children. Every contribution helps ALSC support the work of our members and meet new challenges. Be sure to check out the new 2015 Friends of ALSC Annual Report as well to read about all of the great things the Friends did in 2015.

ALA Midwinter 2015

Missing You #alamw15

Chicago still has long coffee lines, it’s really snowing, and ALA staff is just an L ride away, but it’s just not the same around here without all of you! (I think most planes, trains, and cars have finally made it out, am I right?) It really was another magnificent Midwinter and my yesterday, Monday, was a great way to wrap it up. The Youth Media Awards, obviously! Congrats & thanks to all of the committees and staff who made it a reality. Well done, also, to the folks on the podium with the early morning responsibility and thrill of telling the world! Afterwards, I was reunited with my ALSC Budget Committee compatriots as we tied a bow on the preliminary proposed budget for FY16, which the Board later approved. We also recommended applying some of the generous Friends of ALSC donations to supporting early literacy work and connecting babies…

ALA Midwinter 2015

Day of Diversity @ #alamw15

It truly has been an amazing Day of Diversity, packed with Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Programming! ALSC and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) put together an extraordinary line-up for today. Welcomed by ALSC President Ellen Riordan, we were charged up by a keynote from Dr. Camila Alire speaking on “From Broken Yolks to Party Folks: The Importance of Libraries and Literacy in Keeping Diversity Alive for Our Children.” This was followed by panels on the history and myths surrounding diversity in children’s literature and forming partnerships to share resources. Breakout sessions and lightning talks broadened and deepened the conversations which wrapped up with a “Moving Into Action” panel moderated by Satia Orange who cheered us all on to Do Something Dramatic next week, next month, and on after that to really make a difference. The brilliant ideas were flowing all day long so take a look…

Awards & Scholarships

ALSC Institute Reflections

Oakland farmer's market

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the 2014 ALSC National Institute in Oakland, California thanks to a generous scholarship awarded to me by the Friends of ALSC. I am so grateful for the time spent at the Institute last month and would like to thank the Friends for enabling me to participate in such a stellar weekend of learning and fun. And a huge thanks to everyone at ALSC who worked hard to put together the Institute! Some of my favorite moments from the Institute have to be the wonderful author presentations and panels, especially the hilarious author panel that took place at Children’s Fairyland with Jennifer Holmes, Daniel Handler and Mac Barnett. The crowd was filled with giggling librarians and even a few fairy wings! After our breakout sessions at the park, a reception awaited us in the Emerald City. There was even a yellow brick road!…

Blogger Starr LaTronica

Making a list…checking it twice…

‘Tis the season for making lists! I am an inveterate list maker and reader.  As a seasoned pro, (-crastinator, that is), I rely on them as valuable tools to organize and prioritize tasks that require attention, (and those that provide distraction). I have even made lists of the lists that I need to make! December, with its flurry of both personal and professional activity, provides expanded opportunity for their implementation and perusal. In addition to the usual daily to-do lists, there are the “best” lists of books and other media, shopping lists for holiday gifts and meals, and, of course, the ever growing list of all the loose ends to finish up by the end of the year. One item on the latter list is to send in my contribution to Friends of ALSC.  Friends of ALSC was founded to enhance both our established programs and to support growth and…