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Upcoming Deadlines for ALSC Institute Proposals and Bill Morris Submissions

ALSC National Institute, October 1 – 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

ALA conferences are great; we love the show floor and chances to mingle with our fellow ALSC members. But have you ever attended the ALSC Institute? Ok, it’s more of a vendor hallway than a vendor floor, but there are benefits for having a smaller footprint. Make meaningful connections with other attendees during group meals. Head to the hotel hot tub because it is fun, not because your feet feel like they are about to fall off. When everything happens at the same hotel making it to the first session of the day becomes so much easier…

But ALSC Institutes don’t appear out of nowhere. We need the amazing people of ALSC to submit program proposals and share their knowledge.
Whether you present or attend, the ALSC Institute makes it easy to stay “informed of current trends, emerging technologies, issues, and research in librarianship, child development, education, and allied fields.” (ALSC Competency VII.2)
Do you have a great program idea for the ALSC Institute? The deadline to apply is September 10, 2019.

Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training, January 24, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The idea of being on the Newbery or Caldecott Committee sounds like so much fun. You get to read all the new books, and they come right to your door! There’s something about knowing that you had a direct impact on which book gets a medal sticker that children will see forever. But the reality is a lot of hard work. Apply for the Bill Morris Seminar to learn the skills necessary for a book award committee.
It’s easy to know in your gut that you love a book, it’s much harder to ” understand[s] and appl[y] criteria for evaluating the content, artistic merit, and cultural authenticity of children’s materials in all genres and formats”. (ALSC Competency IV.5)
Do you have what it takes? The deadline to apply is September 2, 2019.
Writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee is Angela Nolet. She is an Online Library Services Librarian at King County Library System. Reach her at

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