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The Latest ALSC News

Happy Fall to all! It’s a busy time of year, and there is lots of ALSC news and resources to share.

Toolkit for Program Challenges

ALSC’s newest toolkit, compiled by the School-Age Programs and Services committee, was released recently. The Toolkit for Program Challenges was created to assist library staff in preparing for and responding to program challenges. In addition to the rise in book challenges, some library programs and events are also being challenged. Preparation is key. With this toolkit, practitioners have what they need to navigate any potential program challenge: before, during, and after the fact.

Call for Proposals

ALSC National Institute logo

Do you have an idea for an education program that will inspire and inform? ALSC is seeking program proposals for its National Institute in Denver, September 19-21, 2024. And, great news! Presenters receive a significantly discounted Institute registration rate! National Institute education programs are designed to meet the ongoing and topical professional development needs of individuals serving children and families in libraries. Visit the Institute site for complete details. The submission deadline is October 31.

Free ALSC Member Webinar Exclusive

ALSC webinars

Join us for Autism-Ready Libraries: Early Literacy Services for Autistic Children and Their Families, presented by Milly Romeijn-Stout, next Tuesday, October 24, at 1:00pm (CT), for an overview of the research and findings that informed the Autism-Ready Libraries Toolkit, and for a look inside the toolkit itself.

Autism-Ready Libraries was a three-year research project that investigated the needs and barriers faced by autistic children and their families in libraries, as well as the needs of and barriers experienced by librarians who wish to better serve this population. Reserve your space in the webinar and get ready to ratchet up your library’s autism-readiness.

Professional Awards

ALSC Professional Awards

Throughout the course of a year, ALSC confers more than $100,000 through its professional award, grant, and scholarship programs. Submission deadlines are approaching for several of these opportunities. Click on the awards below to learn more!

ALSC Distinguished Service Award
Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant
Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award (Attend your first ALA Annual Conference!)

Don’t miss out on these ALSC member benefits. Make your submission!

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact us at alsc at ala dot org. Or leave a comment below.


  1. Ashley Bressingham

    Will the Autism-Ready Libraries webinar be recorded and available after for ALSC members to view?

    1. Laura Schulte-Cooper

      Hi, Ashley: Thanks for your question. I’ll check on this and get back with you soon.

    2. Laura Schulte-Cooper

      Hi again, Ashley: The Autism-Ready Libraries webinar will be recorded and made available to ALSC members as a benefit of membership. You should be able to access the recording after the webinar through one or both of these pages:

      Thank you for your interest!

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