Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee, Books, Children's Literature (all forms), Committees, Intellectual Freedom


Respect is a theme that kept popping up in my recent reading. I’m catching up on some middle-school fiction and dealing with demeaning, diminishing and disrespectful behavior from peers and adults is a motif that recurs over and over. Of course, it’s an issue that persists into the adult world. How people communicate on social media and in the comments section in traditional media has gotten lots of attention recently.  Freedom of speech is easier to love if the speech isn’t directed at you.

ALSC Member Profile, Blogger Mary R. Voors

ALSC Member of the Month – Rhonda Pai

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Rhonda Pai.

Books, Children's Literature (all forms), Guest Blogger

Kids Need Translations – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Ortelius World Map

There’s a new group of activists on the block – the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI). This translator-led group includes editors and librarians. Our mission is to promote the increased publication of translations from other countries (the numbers are pitifully low) and to provide resources to help librarians understand how to use these titles so if they do get purchased they don’t sit on the shelf and then get withdrawn for lack of circulation.

Blogger Meg Smith, Books, Call to Action, Diversity

Interview with Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Legendary civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is the subject of two new juvenile nonfiction selections. There is a picture book version, She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, written by her son Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell and illustrated by Charlotta Janssen, and a middle grade version of the same title, also written by Loki Mulholland with artwork by Charlotta Janssen. In this interview, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland reflects on her experiences and the impact of encouraging young people in their struggle for equal rights.

Blogger Children and Technology Committee, Children & Technology, Collection Development, Technology, Uncategorized

New Media Focus: Keeping Up on Streaming Video

In my last post for the ALSC blog, I wrote about downloadable and streaming audiobooks.  With our strengthening focus on media mentorship in ALSC, streaming video is another new media format that needs our attention for promotion and incorporation into our regular programs and services.