ALA Annual 2019

ALA Annual Musts for Kidlit Aficionados

I attended my first ALA Annual Conference in 2008 as a relatively new children’s librarian.  It was a great experience but also a little overwhelming. Since then, I’ve only missed one Annual for a family trip to Alaska.  Over the years, I have become savvier about creating my schedule for each day.  So, whether it is your first ALA or your 10th, these are some staples to consider adding to your schedule.

Attend ALSC organizational meetings.  They are an excellent way to meet other ALSC members and for non-members to learn more about the work being done by the association.

Celebrate the kidlit award winners on a budget.

Visit the exhibits to see upcoming book releases, the newest in library technology, and meet your favorite authors and illustrators.

Stock up on professional development books, some written by ALSC members!  Discover them at the ALA Store and booths like ABC-CLIO.


Round out your schedule with even more great ALSC events.

What programs or events are a must for your ALA Conference schedule?

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: Vii. Professionalism and Professional Development.


Mary Schreiber, co-chairs the ALSC Public Awareness Committee and she is the Youth Collection Development Specialist at Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH.  She can be reached at:



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