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2017 Mid-year ALSC Blog Report

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Summer Reading Programs at public libraries are winding down and librarians (and teachers, parents, and students) are amping up for the new school year. It’s a good time to look back at what has been accomplished since the beginning of the year with a mid-year ALSC Blog Report.

2017 saw some exciting news for the ALSC Blog. At a special award ceremony on May 2nd, PRNews announced their social media awards. The competion included a wide variety of social media types from around North America. The ALSC Blog was one of only seven blogs to receive an Honorable Mention in the category of “Best Blog.”

PRNews Award

It’s been busy at the ALSC Blog! From January 1, 2017 through July 28, 2017, we have had over 206,000 pageviews. The most popular page on the ALSC Blog so far this year has been the 2017 Mock Elections page. On this page, mock election results from programs held in libraries and schools — and even book discussion groups meeting in homes —  shared their results. This page is a great opportunity for children’s literature aficionados to learn more about some of the great books for kids published in 2016. (Due to popular request, the ALSC Blog will be offering a Mock Elections Results page again this year. Look for information on how to share YOUR results for this year beginning in October.)

The top ten posts published so far this year are:

  1. Notable Children’s Books – 2017 Discussion List
  2. The Constantly Evolving Role of the School Librarian by guest contributor, Sheldon Soper
  3. Check Out the 2017 Summer Reading Lists from ALSC by Laura Schulte-Cooper
  4. Crafts vs. No Crafts, The Great Storytime Debate by guest contributor, Charity Jordan
  5. Perspectives of an Autistic Children’s Librarian by guest contributor, “Justin Spectrum”
  6. Adventures of a Funky Hat Librarian by Emily Bayci
  7. Fact vs Fake: Resources to Help Librarians Navigate Digital Literacy by the Public Awareness Committee
  8. Taking STEAM Programs on the Road by the School-Age Programs and Services Committee
  9. Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces by the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee
  10. Engaging Children in the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by guest contributors, Christine Shupla, Keliann LaConte, and Carolyn Ng

Many blog readers who are unable to attend the ALA Midwinter or Annual Conferences in person look forward to reports of what is going on via the live blogging reports from volunteer bloggers.

  • At the Midwinter Conference this year, we had 12 bloggers who wrote a total of 51 posts. There were over 7000 pageviews  during the 5 days of the Midwinter conference.
  • At the Annual Conference this summer, 12 live bloggers wrote a total of 39 live posts for the #leftbehind. There were over 5500 pageviews during the 5 days of the conference.

The ALSC Blog saw a major staffing transition in 2017 as long-term ALSC Staff Liaison to the Blog, Dan Bostrom, left the organization to pursue other career opportunities. While we were VERY sad to see him leave, we were excited to welcome Elizabeth Serrano as our new staff liaison.

Thanks to our tremendous crew of regular ALSC Bloggers, our frequent guest bloggers, our staff support at the ALSC office, and — most of all YOU, our readers –it’s been a great year so far — I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 has in store!

If you have comments or suggestions, or if you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact me at I’d love to hear from you!

Mary R. Voors
ALSC Blog Manager

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