The ALA Midwinter Meeting is nigh, and with it some of the most anticipated discussions of the year…. Oh, you were thinking of the youth media awards, weren’t you? How about:
Leadership & ALSC
This session is an opportunity for anyone interested in leadership within ALSC to meet and greet, get division and association updates, and engage with an invited speaker on a topic of current concern to our members.
How does toxic stress affect the families you serve, and what can you do to serve them better? Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW (and Outreach Services Manager at Poudre River Public Library District), will introduce how current knowledge on toxic stress and its impact is shaping the way public libraries provide services and programs for children and their families, offering a brief overview of research as well as clear, practical approaches for implementing solutions that support the critical role of libraries in diverse communities.
Leadership & ALSC is Saturday February 10th, 8:30am-11:30am, Grand Hyatt Denver, Mt. Elbert Room. The program begins with division updates and introductions, and the presentation begins following a short break.
ALSC Board Meetings
The meetings start with a review of our strategic progress and plans, and related broader discussions. From there we move into specific division business, including, on Monday, presentation of the preliminary proposed budget for FY19. I would like to highlight two items scheduled for Saturday Afternoon:
Next Steps for Early Literacy
If you have not yet, I strongly encourage members to read the IMLS funded report Bringing Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every Child Ready to Read Program (2017). During our “Mega Issue” discussion, Board members will explore future opportunities for ALSC in early literacy, and assess our ECRR program. The document for this item is here.
ALSC Awards Program in Context
Our work to promote excellence in literature for children should align with our organization’s core values, which include inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness, as well as to our strategic plan. With this lens, the Board will consider the implications of having awards named for individuals whose currently recognized place in the canon of children’s literature is not consistent with our organizational values and goals.
We begin this examination with the Wilder Award. The ALSC Board acted in 1954 to give Laura Ingalls Wilder an award for her body of work, and requested to establish this as an ongoing award honoring a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children, named for its first recipient. Today, recognizing the complexity of Wilder’s legacy, we must consider if it still does justice to this particular award for lifetime achievement. I strongly encourage interested members to read the full document for this item.
As we undertake this discussion, we reaffirm the honor bestowed upon Wilder Award recipients, whose life work contributes essentially to ALSC’s vision of engaging communities to build healthy, successful, futures for all children.