Guest Blogger

How the ALSC Student Gift Membership Program Enlisted 100 New Members

Early one morning during ALA Annual 2015, some of the ALSC leadership including Andrew Medlar, Starr Latronica, and Aimee Strittmatter, were pondering the question of how they could grow membership in ALSC. They wondered, “If we offered gift memberships to students, would there be significant interest? What are the motivations for new graduates to join their professional organization?”

Guest Blogger

Take the ALSC Emerging Leader Team Survey!

ALSC’s 2017 Emerging Leaders Team invites you to take a three minute survey to help them in studying the potential for new pathways to library leadership for youth and school librarians. Leadership for this survey is defined as the career roles of manager, director, supervisor, etc. The team will present its research and findings in a paper to be released in late June. The survey submission deadline is April 7. Complete the survey. ************************************************************************* Our guest blogger today is Tori Ann Ogawa. Tori is a Children’s Librarian and Harold W. McGraw Jr. Fellow at the Darien Library in Darien, CT. Tori is also a member of the 2017 ALSC Emerging Leaders team. If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at

Community Forum

How to Host Your Own “Political Party” (and Inspire Civic Engagement)

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As we try to navigate the constant flow of political news and information (and misinformation) that seems to be taking over all of our screens and our lives these days, it can often feel overwhelming and isolating. How did our country become so politically polarized? How can we better understand our democratic process? How can we talk about these issues with each other in a productive, nonpartisan way? And how can libraries help us stay civically engaged and informed?

Early Literacy

Passive programming and early literacy: designing creative spaces for young learners

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Here at our branch library in Denver, Colorado, we’re always looking for ways to support the new families with very young children who move into the neighborhood. We offer four literacy-based storytimes each week, as well as plenty of programs for children of all ages during  the summer months. Although we offer a nice range of activities for children and their caregivers, we felt that something was missing…and that we could do something more to round out our early literacy efforts. A nearby branch offered a drop-in playtime for children, and we thought this was a great way to make use of our space and to complement our storytimes. The catch? We wanted to try something that would involve a bit less formal oversight, since we juggle many other tasks throughout the day, such as staffing a busy circulation desk, overseeing volunteers, and staying current on Reader’s Advisory trends. Passive…