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ALA Resources with Library Staff

What favorite resources are you sharing with your library staff after #alaac17?

The 2017 American Library Association Conference in Chicago was filled with inspiring people, incredible resources and amazing connections.  My mind is full of new program ideas, book talks and story time favorites.

My top three favorite ALA session resources:

Coretta Scott King Award Books Idea Exchange

Panelists provided a wonderful selection of program ideas and lessons utilizing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and Honor Books in public and school libraries, classrooms, and academia.

Coretta Scott King Book Award resources

The CSK website provides an amazing collection of discussion lists you can print out and share. Create programs, book groups and more!   For program activities and resources, follow the Coretta Scott King Blog –   Did you know you can view over 300 videos and 400 lesson plans on for free? This is an amazing resource!

A Radical Interpretation of the New ALSC Competencies

In this session, librarians asked stimulating questions, listened and shared ideas.  Start having conversations with your colleagues.  Read and then go back and talk more about diversity in your library. Continue to read a selection of articles, websites and more on The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children – References and Resources. and the Reading While White Blog.

As the program said, panelists offered “tangible, radical, and subversive suggestions that children’s librarians can use to meet the information and literacy needs of diverse children and their caregivers while also promoting social justice, inclusivity, and access.”

What changes are you making in your library?  Review Diversity Standards – learn and do more.  Everyday changes are important – educate your team and learn more about the diverse neighborhoods surrounding your libraries.  (This event was recorded – check back and view.)

AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2017 

Do you have a favorite app from the new “Best Apps” list? Discover a new google app with Google Keep, Google Expeditions or Google Arts and Culture.  For example, you can learn more about the solar system with Cosmic Watch.  I’m looking forward to building a new story video game with Bloxels by Pixel Press.

Some of the ALA sessions were recorded or provided slides and handouts.  Share with your library staff. Take another look at your favorite sessions, review and discover something new from your time at ALA in Chicago.


  1. Christopher Brown

    I’m a little biased, but attendees should also check out the info from the President’s Program on Digital Literacy. Learn how to be a media mentor to your young patrons and their caregivers.

  2. Paige

    I agree. I think attendees and library staff should check out all of the session resources, handouts and videos – if available. So many amazing programs at ALA!

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