Institute 2014

The ALSC National Institute is Coming to Oakland

Insitute LogoHave you ever attended ALSC’s biennial National Institute?  Now’s your chance, as it takes a turn on the west coast and lands in Oakland CA on September 18-20, 2014. The Institute is an intimate and intensive conference and networking experience. Over two-and-a-half days you’ll have the opportunity to attend an amazing array of programs, hear from and meet celebrated authors,  and get to know your conference attendees.

Creating Community at the Eastmont Branch, Oakland Public Library
Creating Community at the Eastmont Branch, Oakland Public Library

The theme of this institute is Expanding Our Worlds, Creating Community and your Institute Task Force has built an array of programs, breakout sessions, and experiences to promote creative thinking about connecting our communities through libraries.  Interested in appropriate technology for children?  Advocacy within your reach? Easy-to-implement programming ideas around STEAM and early literacy?  Thinking about expanding your use of volunteers, or hearing about summer lunches in the library?  This institute is for you, and we invite you to bring your ideas, and your questions.

Nina Lindsay, Institute Chair, enjoys Children's Fairyland, circa 1974
Nina Lindsay, Institute Chair, enjoys Children’s Fairyland, circa 1974

A special Friday afternoon of breakout sessions and a reception will serve as the think-tank centerpiece of our event, at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland, a storybook theme park. Adults are normally only allowed into Fairyland with a child accompanying; at our event we will have the park to ourselves! Look forward to a post soon from Penny Peck with more about Children’s Fairyland.

Expanding Our Worlds with the Oakland Public Library Bike Trailer
Expanding Our Worlds with the Oakland Public Library Bike Trailer

Over the next many weeks we’ll be sharing some sneak peeks into programs and events to whet your appetite, but don’t hesitate to register now, as there is a cap on attendance.  And consider adding time to your trip to explore Oakland. Whether it’s the food scene, the up and coming arts district, the fabulous fall weather, or the easy access to San Francisco, you’ll find you’ll be happy to stay an extra day.

What would you like to know about the Institute, or Oakland?  You’ll be hearing from us.

Nina Lindsay, Institute Task Force Chair and Children’s Services Coordinator at Oakland Public Library, CA




  1. Elisa Gall

    I remember hearing that there will be a session about serving children who are transgender. Is this true, and if so-can you please link to more information on that? Thanks!

    1. ALSC Institute Post author

      Elisa, we are working on a “breakout session” topic for the afternoon at Fairyland on the gender spectrum and/or transgender children specifically. We haven’t finalized all of these breakout sessions yet; we may provide some more info on the blog as they come together. The final list of breakout sessions will be made available to all registrants.

  2. Rohan

    That was really cool. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.


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