Institute 2022

Conference Blogging from ALSC Institute

#alsc22 is starting today! Are you unable to attend and wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on at the 2022 National ALSC Institute? We’ve got you covered!

Let me be among the first to offer special thanks to the conference bloggers who will be reporting for the ALSC Blog on what’s happening at this biennial conference devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. Here are some of the people who will be writing about their experiences at the ALSC Institute:

  • Jessica Fredrickson (she/her/hers) is a Youth Services Librarian for Arapahoe Libraries. For the past three years, Jessica has served on the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Steering Committee, spearheading the collaborative ALSC/CLEL Virtual Storytime Services Guide. Professionally, Jessica is known for advocating for accessibility and giving storytime flannels early math makeovers. Her favorite things include tea, mountain hikes and middle grade fiction. She is looking forward to attending her first ALSC Institute!
  • Robin Gibson (she/her/hers) is the Youth Services Manager at the Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. She is looking forward to reconnecting and making new connections with colleagues and gathering new ideas to share with her team. She loves to travel and is excited to be able to do so again!
  • Laura Lehner (she/her/hers) is the Head of Youth Services at the Hudson Library & Historical Society in Hudson, Ohio. She has been in librarianship for 22 years and her current position for five. She is so excited to be at a conference in person again and looks forward to connecting with old friends and new!
  • Anne Price (she/her/hers) is the Children’s Librarian for the North Platte Public Library in Nebraska and a member of the ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee. For the last 7 years, she’s worked in youth services in public libraries in Wyoming and New Mexico. She is looking forward to connecting with other Children’s Librarians and learning more about making children’s services more inclusive.
  • Eleanor (Ellie) Richardson (she/her/hers) is a Youth Services K-3 Specialist at Arlington Heights Memorial Library (IL). She is currently finishing up her MLIS degree (so close!) and is excited for the opportunity to learn from her peers at ALSC Institute 2022. The aspect she’s most looking forward to is meeting other youth services professionals to share their passions and get inspired. Ellie is a self-proclaimed public transit fanatic, so when she’s not at the conference you’ll likely see her riding around on KC’s buses and streetcars. 
  • Elizabeth Serrano (she/her/hers) has served as ALSC’s Membership and Marketing Specialist for the past five years. Elly’s favorite animal is an owl and her favorite snack is anything chocolate.
  • Jessica Zimmerman Smith (she/her/hers) is the Children’s Services manager at Morley Library in Painesville, Ohio. Jessica grew up in a rural Ohio county with half its population identifying as Amish. Although not Amish herself, the robust Outreach and Bookmobile services ensured she was never without access to reading material. At Institute 2022, she is most looking forward to absorbing new ideas and making new connections to support her professional growth and to provide new services to her Northeast Ohio community.

In the coming days, check the ALSC Blog for Conference photos and information. You can also check in on Twitter – just track the hashtag #alsc22. Whether you’re #leftbehind like me or are able to to take advantage of this great in-person learning opportunity, let us know in the comments below about what interests you most about the ALSC Institute.

(Post updated 9/29/22 4:40 pm)

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