ALA Annual 2018

ALSC New Member Dinner at #alaac18

The first new member dinner was coordinated by the ALSC Membership Committee in Denver at MW 2018! We were so excited to host another dinner here in New Orleans for the 2018 Annual Conference. A group of about 24 people met this evening at Outlaw Pizza Company at 6:30pm. A few thanks… Thank you to Outlaw Pizza Company for providing us with a nice private space and great customer service! The food was excellent! My second thank you goes out to our Membership Committee for coordinating this dinner again. Trying to find a big enough (affordable) space, make a flyer, reach out to new ALSC/conference members, get confirmations, and coordinate food is not always the easiest, but they made it happen here in New Orleans. My third thank you is for all who came, mingled, and took a slice of pizza home with them (there was a lot!). And finally my fourth…

Friends of ALSC

Student Gift Membership Recipient – Alexandra Bell

In January 2017, free two-year ALSC/ALA memberships were granted to 100 students. These memberships were made possible through funds from the Friends of ALSC. The objective of this pilot program is to support new professionals in their ALSC membership and to encourage networking, while taking advantage of professional development opportunities, and career support. Below is a post written by student gift recipient, Alexandra Bell, on her journey thus far with ALSC.

Friends of ALSC

Student Gift Membership Recipient – Angela Bair

In January 2017, free two-year ALSC/ALA memberships were granted to 100 students. These memberships were made possible through funds from the Friends of ALSC. The objective of this pilot program is to encourage and support new professionals in their ALSC membership and engagement and to begin networking, taking advantage of professional development, and career support. Below is a post written by student gift recipient, Angela Bair, on her journey thus far with ALSC.

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.

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.

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 Dan Bostrom

Reminder: #alsc14 Scholarship Applications Due May 30

In an effort to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians, the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the ALSC National Institute Sept. 18 — 20, 2014 in Oakland, Calif. Scholarship recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting. The scholarships will include Institute registration (at the early bird rate) and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging. The ALSC National Institute, devoted solely to children’s and youth library services, offers a small, intimate setting for participating in programming and getting to know colleagues. Programs will delve into some of the most important topics in library service to children such as using technology in programming, what’s hot in children’s spaces, working with underserved populations and using local partnerships to improve programming. Participants are sure to go home feeling reinvigorated about the profession and more connected to others…