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…

Blogger Carolyn Brodie

You’ve Got a Friend(s) in ALSC….

This past year a brand new logo for the Friends of ALSC was unveiled along with the announcement of a direct URL address of http://www.ala.org/alsc/donate.  We hope this new logo and new URL will help ALSC promote the work of the Friends group and the generous nature of its members.  The Friends of ALSC also supported two ALSC Institute scholarships for Amanda Struckmeyer and Joella Peterson to attend the program in Indianapolis.  Also supported were two Nook and a Book prizes: one during the Annual Conference raffle and one virtually for the ALSC eBadge Contest. As we gear up for further changes in 2013 for Friends of ALSC, we invite you to make a donation prior to the conclusion of 2012. The Friends membership year follows calendar year — January through December — and will culminate in an end-of-year thank you/membership drive letter highlighting the uses of Friends of ALSC…

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#alsc12 Re-Energizes Scholarship Winner

If you’re involved in ALSC, chances are you’ve heard about ALSC Institutes. Experts from around the country come together for one weekend every other year to deliver presentations on hot topics in youth services librarianship, while well-known authors grace meals. Attendees network to their hearts’ content, reveling in the fact that every person they encounter works with children. At the close of the Institute, participants leave with refreshed outlooks on their profession, new ideas about best practices, and energy to improve the services they provide. I was very fortunate to receive a Friends of ALSC scholarship to attend the 2012 ALSC Institute in Indianapolis. Having known several people who have attended past Institutes, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. I wasn’t disappointed; the Institute lived up to its reputation and left me with more than I could have ever hoped for. I attended sessions on using music…

Friends of ALSC

#alsc12 2012 ALSC Institute: The Bricks I’m Building Upon

While simultaneously playing with LEGOs and listening to author Gary Paulsen speak I realized the 2012 ALSC Institute is a lot like LEGOs. At the Institute I could listen to authors, network with other librarians, and discover new ideas while attending the programs. Each of these experiences then built upon each other as if they were LEGO bricks building upon each other to create a structure of ideas to take back to my library. Here are some of the “bricks” that I picked up while attending the 2012 ALSC Institute: One of my favorite “bricks” from the Institute was to think about the “why” in what you do. How can I do this? By thinking about the big picture–the reasons for why I do what I do as a librarian. I should work with my administration and supervisors to create a mission or a vision as to what the Youth…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Voters Choose ALSC eBadge Winner

The Friends of ALSC and the ALSC Membership Committee are proud to announce the winner in the ALSC eBadge Contest. Krista Welz, Children’s Librarian at the North Bergen (N.J.) Free Public Library is the winner with her “ALSC Cloud” design. Welz’s design received over 175 votes on the ALSC Blog poll. Welz is the winner of a Nook and a Book from the Friends of ALSC. Her design will be featured for ALSC members to display on their blogs or email signature lines. Rick Samuelson (“I Empower Kids”), Youth Services Librarian, Washington County (Ore.) Cooperative Library Services and Margaret Stawowy (“Growing Minds”), Children’s Librarian, San Rafael (Calif.) Public Library were the two runners-up. Both will receive ALSC gift bags. The Friends of ALSC and the ALSC Membership Committee hosted this contest to help display the creativity of ALSC members. With over 260 voters, ALSC thanks all the participants and everyone…