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ALSC Toolkit Roundup

Did you know that different committees and representatives of ALSC have created EIGHT different amazing toolkits in the past five years? What better way to advocate for libraries and ALSC than looking at these toolkits and seeing what knowledge you can gain and share from them?

The ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee broke the toolkits down for you here:

  • All ALSC toolkits are FREE and can be found on the ALSC publications and resources page.
  • Hot off the presses is the Early Childhood Trauma Toolkit which just went live last month and aims “to inform librarians and library workers who work with youth about various traumas experienced by young children, identify their impact on communities with young children, and support families, caregivers, and educators working with young children who may have experienced trauma.”
  • Another recent toolkit, published in Fall 2023, is the Toolkit for Program Challenges. It really shows the difference between program and material challenges and provides a very thorough, step-by-step checklist for planning and protecting vulnerable programs.
  • Looking for a toolkit to share widely with others from stakeholders to politicians to community organizations to MLS programs to educator organizations? Try the Championing Children’s Services Toolkit which encompasses a variety of advocacy resources to empower Children’s staff to engage their communities to build healthy,  successful futures for children. 
  • Trying to figure out how to eloquently address fake news, book bans and more? Look at the Intellectual Freedom Programming Toolkit
  • Hoping to run a Mock Award program? The Mock Newbery Toolkit will guide you through the process.
  • If you are hoping to reach out and target specific groups like Access to Technology, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder, Children with Print Disabilities, Financial Insecurity and Homelessness, New Americans, or Spanish Speaking Populations, you can share sections of the Toolkit: Library Services to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers.
  • Another strong, multi-part toolkit is Learning Beyond: 21st Century Summer and Out-of-School Time Programs for Youth. This can be key for librarians to share with administrators or partners to make a case for changing summer learning.
  • Are you having trouble collaborating with schools or libraries? Take a look at the Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit. It was created by representatives from ALSC, AASL, and YALSA and has partnership ideas, concrete examples of successful partnerships, and templates for starting and maintaining a partnership.

All the committees worked really hard to create these toolkits with so much well-researched and amazing information. Now it’s time for us to use and share these resources!

This post demonstrates ALSC competency V.3. Advocates on behalf of children and their families for the highest-quality library services.

Emily Mroczek is writing this post on behalf of the Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee.  She can be reached at emilyrmroczek@gmail.com

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