ALSC announced a new learning opportunity for librarians serving youth. The ALSC Mini Institute is a one-day event that will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017. The Mini Institute will be held just prior to ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The Mini Institute is everything you need in one place–programming, keynote author/illustrator events, networking, discussion forums and much more. This intensive learning opportunity with a youth services focus and is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults.
The Mini Institute, in addition to ALSC’s Virtual Institute in September 2016, are being held in lieu of the 2016 ALSC National Institute that was scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. ALSC’s Board of Directors voted to cancel the event in Charlotte in response to the passage of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed all GLBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances across the state. The law contradicts the core values, purpose, and diversity work of ALSC and undermines civil rights and the fundamental principles upon which libraries are founded. More information on the Board’s decision can be found in ALSC’s official statement.
Registration for this event will open in mid-September, and can be purchased as a ticketed event through ALA’s Midwinter Meeting registration site. Registration categories will exist for ALSC members, ALA members, and non-members.