ALSC Member Profile

ALSC Member of the Month — Courtney Jones

Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Courtney Jones.

1.  What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

Photo courtesy of ALSC office

I’m the new Awards Coordinator, and I’ve been with ALSC for 8 weeks. I work with the Book and Media awards program, scholarships and professional awards provided by ALSC, and coordinate the Newbery Caldecott Banquet, as well as the ALSC Awards Breakfast, amid other responsibilities.

2.  Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?

This is not my first position with the ALA. I was an editorial assistant with Booklist Magazine’s books for youth section for almost six years. Working with ALSC Awards feels like a natural extension of my love for children’s literature, and recognizing standout children’s books.

3.  Are you looking forward to the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas?

The Newbery-Caldecott Banquet! This will be my very first. I’ve heard nothing but good things. I should know. I know a girl.

4.  If you could hold any job for one day, what would you do?

I think it’d be interesting to be on the writing staff of a TV show. But one of those really secretive ones, like Mad Men, or True Detective. There would be no spoilers for me since I would know all the plotlines before the show went to air.

5.  E-books or Print?

Print! There’s nothing like holding a book in your hands.

6.  Cats or Dogs?

Cat-like dogs. I had a Lhasa Apso named Ginger growing up. She was persnickety, cautious, and preferred to lay about the house instead of doing dog things, like play fetch. She was also the absolute best.

7.  Do you prefer rain storms or snow storms?

Rainstorms. Great sleeping weather. Plus no snow to shovel afterward!

8.  Which reality TV show would you most like to be on.

The Amazing Race! I love travel, and seeing the world would be an amazing (har, har) way to compete for a grand prize. I would choose one of my parents as my teammate, they both love that show as much as I do.

9.  Candy Crush or Crossword Puzzles?

Crossword puzzles! Especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

10.  What makes you laugh?

Terrible Dad jokes. For instance: There are two sausages in a pan. One sausage says to the other sausage, “Is it me or is it getting hot in here?” The other sausage says, “Ahhhh! A talking Sausage!”


Thanks, Courtney! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!

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