ALA Annual 2019

ALA Annual Has Come and Gone But ALSC is Still at Work!

Hello ALSC members and prospective members!

I’m thrilled to be serving you as your new president!  What a whirlwind ALA Annual was!  So many great programs, books, author sightings and engagement with members and conference attendees.  A few of the outstanding programs were The Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet with heartfelt speeches by the winners, The Coretta Scott King 50th Anniversary Breakfast and the Charlemae Rollins President’s Program ‘Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature and Art featuring Dr. Nicole Cooke, Dr. Janina Fariñas and acclaimed author/illustrator Yuyi Morales.  The conference also featured Leadership & ALSC, and the Monday morning membership meeting and Awards presentation.  Your board met two times during the conference.  A few highlights of the meetings:

  • A Task Force will be formed to look into diversifying and developing new revenue streams for ALSC.
  • The Strategic Plan is nearing the 2020 completion and the board will be deciding soon how to proceed with updating/revising/refreshing it.
  • The ALSC Equity Fellows were granted an additional year of support.

Please take note:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training to be held January 24, 2020 in Philadelphia, the day before Midwinter begins.  Consider applying today!
  • Nominations are now being accepted for the ALSC Distinguished Service Award.  This award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.
  • The Sacramento Public Library has been chosen as the site for the 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Neil Gaiman.  Watch for details for this spring event.

Again, thank you for selecting me to serve you!  Keep in touch and stay tuned for more exciting news and events from ALSC!


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