ALA Annual 2015

Catching Up With Committees

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available from the ALA Store (image courtesy of ALA)

Spring has finally arrived, and those of us on the Public Awareness Committee thought there’s no better time than now to see what exciting projects some of our fellow committee members have been working on! ALSC offers so many great opportunities to serve on a variety of committees, many of which fly under the radar. I think you might be surprised to learn some of the awesome ways our members are working together.

Did you know that ALSC has an Oral History Committee? Deborah Cooper, Chair of the Oral History Committee, gave me the scoop on some of the interesting projects the OHC has in the works. The OHC has a long-term task of working on a large back-log of interviews with past leaders in children’s librarianship. Some of the interviews took place over 20 years ago! They have been editing the transcripts and working to get permissions to post the final versions for the public on the ALSC web site. Cooper shared some of the hurdles they have had to deal with, saying, “Sometimes tracking people down after so long is a little tricky. It is amazing how many layers there are to this project!” But the OHC is making progress with the finalization of some transcripts while others are at various stages of the editing process. Cooper hopes that many of these will be available on the web site in the next few months, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Until then, you can read all about ALSC’s history and ALSC members can log in to read the full transcript of two completed oral history interviews.

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available from the ALA Store (image courtesy of ALA)
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities (image courtesy of ALA)

I’m willing to bet that many of you are familiar with Every Child Ready to Read, but did you know that there is an ECRR Oversight Committee? Dorothy Stoltz serves as the Chair of this committee and shared that ALSC/PLA released Every Child Ready to Read for Spanish Speaking Communities in 2014 and will soon be following that up with the release of a press kit to support your early literacy efforts and awareness campaigns.

Stoltz encourages members who are attending ALA Annual next month to join the ECRR Oversight Committee at two thought-provoking programs offering practical tips on early learning in libraries. She explains, “One will help you spice up your environment and the other will examine how to reach out to your teen parent population.” So be sure to add the “The Fusion of Play—and All Five Early Literacy Practices—into Library Environments” and “Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage & Inspire with ECRR 2.o” to your conference schedule!

Interested in getting involved yourself after reading about the rad projects you could be part of? Click here to learn more about how you can participate! It’s easy to help out and a great way to meet amazing library people and learn new skills.

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Nicole Lee Martin is a Librarian at the Grafton-Midview Public Library in Grafton, OH and is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. You can reach her at nmartin@gmplibrary.org.

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