ALA Midwinter 2017

Mid-Winter Round Up

What an exciting time to be on the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee! Censorship, privacy, equity of access, diversity and information literacy are all hot button issues across the country.  It might be fair to say this is a challenging time as well.   At the ALA Midwinter Conference, this Committee considered how we might safeguard and promote the intellectual freedom of children despite the advent of a more conservative political environment.

ALA Midwinter 2017

Picture Books at #alamw17

Saturday morning with picture books at #alamw17. I spotted and grabbed my first two ARCs of the day at a breakfast hosted by HarperCollins. I scored a copy of the new picture book by  Dan Yaccarino- Morris Mole.  I also got a middle grade ARC by Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Undercover! Take a look (and try not to drool!) at the endpapers of Dan Yaccarino’s picture book: To wet you whistle, check out the back of Rita Williams-Garcia new book: Up next, second breakfast with Scholastic authors & illustrators talking about what we all love- picture books! Peter H. Reynolds, Kate Messner, Carmen Agra Deedy, in conversation with Julie Danielson. Here are some highlights from the conversation: Libraries are dreaming academies. . . You [librarians] are the keepers of important ideas. – Peter H. Reynolds @scholastic breakfast at #alamw17 Picture books are an entry in to discussions for all ages….

ALA Annual 2016

Raise your ALSC voice

Leadership & ALSC at #ALAAC16 is technically a committee meeting, but it’s an open one. Not knowing any better, I attended (first-timer, you know, so a little clueless). I’m so glad I did. There were great discussions about the effect of technology on children’s services, diversity–both in collections and programming (and I would add the profession, but more on that later), and the desperate need for mentors. I was flat-out awed by the knowledge of the women at my table. Listening to these discussions, it feels like ALSC is at a crossroads. Now more than ever, ALSC needs to hear from new children’s librarians and new members. The women at my table were eager to hear my perspective as someone who has been a librarian for 4 years and a ALSC member for a year. For ALSC to meet all the challenges of the future and create a intentional strategic…


The REFORMA Children in Crisis Project: A Personal Account


The REFORMA Children In Crisis (CIC) Project was created by librarians who witnessed an inhumanity and felt compelled to act. There are several articles out there that introduce the great work of this project. However, for this piece, I wanted to bring in a perspective that captured the spirit of the movement — the very personal connection the members have to the work they do. Ricardo Ramirez is a Senior Library Assistant for Youth and Spanish Services at Butte County Library in Chico, California. Below is a personal narrative about his experience. I started working on the REFORMA CIC in the summer of 2014. It was during my second semester as a MLIS student at SJSU, and in the very early stages of being a parent, that the contemporary plight of refugees from Central and Latin America came to the forefront of my attention. Because at the time I did…