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Live Blogging from the ALSC Institute #ALSC12

Tonight at 6:00 pm, the biennial ALSC Institute will kick off in Indianapolis, IN with a Happy Hour. Tomorrow, the Institute will really begin and attendees will be treated to 30 hours of programming, three keynote sessions, and many, many, many networking activities.  Want to know more about the educational opportunities being offered? Click here for information about the programs. Interested in what else is going on? Click here to learn about the author presentations and other special events. You’ll find all kinds of programs, including a wide variety of learning & networking opportunities for youth services librarians.

For the next few days, we will not have our regular, daily posts on this blog. Instead, we will have multiple shorter posts each day. To make it easier for everyone to follow the excitement on Twitter, each post will include the hashtag #ALSC12.

An even dozen bloggers have committed to writing short “micro-posts” throughout this Institute so ALSC blog readers can have a feel for what is happening in Indianapolis:

  • Amy Koester is the Children’s Librarian at the Corporate Parkway Branch of the St. Charles City-County (MO) Library District. A monthly ALSC blogger, Amy also blogs regularly at, and you can find her on Twitter @amyeileenk.
  • Dianna Burt is the Children’s Librarian at the Hessen Cassel Branch of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she loves to work with kids of all ages in the library and through outreach.
  • Sharon McClintock is a Children’s Librarian at the City of Mountain View Public Library in Mountain View, CA. She has also been a Guest Blogger posting about Mother Goose Programs Families Flock To.
  • Abby Johnson is the Children’s and Outreach Services Manager at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library in New Albany, IN. One of the ALSC Blog’s regular bloggers,  you can also find her blogging at Abby (the) Librarian —
  • Ashley Waring is a Children’s Librarian at the Reading Public Library in Reading, MA and a guest reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine.
  • Jill Hutchison is the Children’s Department Supervisor at Leonardtown Library in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Jill loves cooking, kayaking, reading, and flying (she’s a licensed pilot). She’s learning to play the ukulele. Jill also contributes regularly to the Kids’ Book Blog (
  • Andrea Vernola is the Children’s Programming Librarian at Kalamazoo Public Library in Kalamazoo, MI and is excited to be micro-blogging from the ALSC Institute. (You might remember Andrea from her profile several months ago.)
  • Megan Fry is a Youth Services Librarian at the Winnetka-Northfield Public LibraryPublic Library in Winnetka , IL. As the Outreach Liaison, her responsibilities include offering story times at a local toy store, parks, Panera and area preschools.
  • Dan Rude is a regular contributor to the ALSC Blog and is also the Staff Liaison to this blog as part of his position as Marketing/Membership Specialist at ALSC. 
  • Angela Eck is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she is involved in both collection development as well as system-wide programming.
  • Rachel Fryd has been a children’s librarian for 8 years with the Free Library of Philadelphia and recently became the Youth Services Coordinator.   Now she gets to help coordinate great programs for children and teens for libraries all across the city.
  • Dr. Brenda L. Dale is in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University and is looking forward to sharing some of the information she learns at the Institute. Check out her blog about books for children and young adults at Beware of Books.

We hope you enjoy these snippets of Institute attendance over the next few days. We’d love to know what interests you about the ALSC Institute. What do you hope we snap a picture of or write a quick post about? Let us know in the comments below.

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