Have you heard about the ALSC Equity Fellowship? There are still a few days left to apply!
At the recommendation of last year’s cohort, ALSC’s current Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force introduced the Equity Fellowship in order to augment ALSC’s inclusiveness and diverse membership. This fellowship removes financial barriers and offers a unique opportunity for its members of color. Recipients will receive 2 years of ALSC and ALA membership in addition to 1 year of conference registration and travel stipends for the ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter conferences.
Applications will be accepted until September 14th. If you’re interested in applying, please visit the ALSC Equity Fellowship landing page.
Even if you don’t apply, there are many other great opportunities to explore diversity in literature and library services to children, as one of ALSC’s Areas of Strategic Action is Learning and Development. Jumpstart your professional development and take advantage of ALSC’s webinars and book lists dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of our world and the people around us. There are plenty of other resources to explore too!
Upcoming ALSC Webinars:
- Supporting Healthy Racial Identity Development for All Children
- Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Services to Children
- Leadership in Youth Services, Part 1: Leading Outside Your Organization
- Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action
- Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services
Archived ALSC Webinars:
- Collection Development: Children’s and Young Adult Books about Native Americans
- Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: How to Evaluate and Identify Literature Portraying Individuals with Disabilities
- Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: Programming and Activities
- Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity
- LGBTQAI+ Books to Share, Conversations to Have
- Nurturing Empathy through Culturally-Inclusive Youth Programming – Part I
- Nurturing Empathy through Culturally-Inclusive Youth Programming – Part II
ALSC Book Lists:
- Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding for Children in the United States
- Stories of Immigration: Perspectives from Pura Belpré Medal and Honor Books
- Working Together for Justice
- Bates College’s Diverse Book Finder
- IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities
- Teaching Tolerance: Webinars
- USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) List
- We Need Diverse Books
Whether it’s applying for the ALSC Equity Fellowship or viewing one of the linked webinars, you can take steps today to champion diversity.
This post addresses the ALSC Core Competency of Professionalism and Professional Development.
Alexandria Abenshon, Library Manager (and children’s librarian at heart) at the New York Public Library, is writing this post for the ALSC Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.