ALA Annual 2013

#ala2013 ALSC Membership Meeting

ALSC President Carolyn Brodie opened the ALSC Membership Meeting by recognizing the attending members who have been involved in ALSC for 25+ years, as well as first-time attending members. How wonderful to see so many librarians at various stages of their careers who are united in their dedication to serving children.

Among the mentioned ALSC Success Stories:

Upcoming discussions for the board:

  • Emerging leader projects
  • Frequency of the Wilder Award
  • Division budgets

Next, the committee for the 2013 Distinguished Service Award recognized their chosen recipient, Cynthia K. Richey of the Mt. Lebanon (PA) Public Library. In her acceptance speech, Richey talked about her small start in libraries–as a page at age 13–and her joy at having made libraries her life’s work, with children’s services at the heart.

It was announced that the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot, featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney, will be hosted at The University of Minnesota. That event promises to be quite remarkable and enlightening.

The floor was then open for discussion on several topics:

  • Common Core — The crux of the discussion focused on CCSS as an educational initiative that cannot be approached solely from a public library perspective; school librarians are integral to making CCSS work. The interdivisional task force on the Common Core, including members of AASL, ALSC, and YALSA, talked briefly about the work they are doing to promote CCSS understanding and services, which is to debut at Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia.
  • Play — Ernie Cox mentioned the Importance of Play website and white paper; author of the paper Sue McCleaf Nespeca discussed the need for librarians to emphasize to caregivers, administrators, and even our own children’s services staff the importance of constructive play for children. Ideas shared by the membership included adding active toys to storytime, the inclusive potential of play, and the creation of designated play spaces in children’s services areas of the library. Recommended resources were the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Play.

At the end of the meeting, Carolyn Brodie also mentioned the diverse volunteer committee opportunities open to the membership. She also referred members with future interest in awards committees to the information for the Bill Morris book evaluation seminar at Midwinter in Philadelphia.


  1. Roxie Munro

    Nice and interesting post! Wondering if anyone knows the Importance of Play website referred to – I can’t seem to find it. Thanks!

    1. Amy Koester

      Roxie, I’m unsure precisely what information you’re looking for. Here are two things to try:

      Importance of Play white paper from ALSC –

      The Institute of Play website –

      Let me know if neither of those are what you’re looking for.

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