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Getting Published within ALSC

Have you recently run a successful virtual program and are looking for more people to share the idea with? Do you have a research passion on the side related to children’s experiences with bibliotherapy? Are you itching to interview a favorite author or talk about your experiences with library mentorship? 

A great way to scratch that itch, and work on growing your professional network through writing, is by getting published within ALSC. ALA in general has a plethora of ways to get published, but ALSC specifically has three pathways to publication to fit your schedule, desires, and the length of your content. 

In libraries, the onus of publication is often on the worker, so ALSC’s publication opportunities are a great way to dip your toe into things. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if there was one big listing of all the publications where library professionals could share their words and research with the world—and links and deadlines were included? 

Well, we can dream but in the meantime, we can make that manageable for ALSC members. The ALSC Membership Committee is always here to support your journey with ALSC! 


The ALSC Blog

The ALSC Blog is the best, low-entry way to dip your toe into publishing your thoughts in the children’s library sphere! The ALSC Blog is always looking for short-form content: think 600 words or less, on topics ranging across the core competencies—from professional development to outreach to reference skills and commitment to client group. 

You don’t have to be already embedded in ALSC to share your thoughts on the ALSC Blog. Because new blog posts are daily, you also don’t have to fret too hard about meeting a certain deadline for submission. 

Submissions to the ALSC Blog happen on a rolling basis. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please read and fill out the Guest Blogging Interest Form. The blog manager may get back to you with some edits to make the piece clearer, which can help strengthen your own writing. Questions can be sent to the ALSC Blog manager at ALSCBlog@gmail.com.

Find out more about writing for the ALSC Blog here: https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/blog-policy/.


ALSC Matters!

ALSC Matters! is the quarterly newsletter that goes out to all ALSC members, so submissions can be made four times a year by particular deadlines. This newsletter is ideal for writers looking to share concise program ideas and newly discovered resources, and to flex their scholarly writing without developing a full research paper. 

Writing for ALSC Matters! is a great bridge between the ALSC Blog and Children and Libraries, which we’ll discuss next. If you have a “bright idea” about a program, information on a resource or event of interest to ALSC members, or a profile of an ALSC member, this is the place for you to submit your work!

Find out more about ALSC Matters! here: https://www.ala.org/alsc/alscconnectonline/.


Children and Libraries

If you’re looking for a more formal publication route in ALSC, check out our journal, Children and Libraries. You can share more researched aspects of your job or interviews, and see your hard work in print—ALSC members receive CAL copies quarterly!

Because this is a print journal—with an editor, an advertising team, and a deadline to hit the printer’s queue—there are more constraints and considerations than with the ALSC Blog. 

If you have a scholarly article, a feature piece about something great at your library or in the library world, or an interview you’d like to share, you can submit it to the CAL editor. Your piece will be “refereed” by volunteer readers who make sure the pieces submitted fit the CAL mission, and the editor will be in touch about any edits that need to be made. 

I recommend perusing past issues of CAL to get ideas for your own submissions or to figure out if CAL is the right fit for your work. 

Find out more about Children and Libraries here: https://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/cal.


Aryssa Damron is a children’s librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library and a member of the ALSC Membership Committee.


Aryssa Damron

This blog post relates to ALSC Core Competencies of: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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