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2024 ALSC National Institute

This fall, the 2024 ALSC National Institute will take place in Denver, Colorado from Thursday, September 19, 2024 through Saturday, September 21, 2024. During this event, participants will be able to attend general sessions, education programs, peruse exhibits, and network with colleagues.

The ALSC National Institute will begin on Thursday, September 19, 2024 evening with the Opening General Session that will feature Meg Medina. During this discussion with Past-President of ALSC, Lucia M. Gonzalez, Meg Medina will share her platform, Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books. I am looking forward to this conference as it will be my first ALSC National Institute. If you are considering attending, here is some more information on the packed days of the ALSC National Institute.

The institute will continue the following two days with a full schedule of programs. As co-chair of the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee, I had the wonderful opportunity to read and review the education program proposals submitted. From these proposals, the committee selected 32 education programs that cover many topics and aspects of working in a library. These programs cover essential library tasks including collection development, programming, outreach, and more. The presenters for these programs are diverse and have amazing experiences that will contribute to their education programs.

With all the options for education programs and more, it is hard to think that more can be offered at the ALSC National Institute. However, there is more. During the day on Thursday, September 19, 2024, ALSC will have two National Institute Preconferences that attendees can register for.  Along with these preconferences, the Bill Morris Seminar will be occurring the same day. This media evaluation seminar required attendees to apply and be accepted to attend. The application is closed now, but if interested, stay tuned for a future seminar at the next ALSC National Institute.

The 2024 ALSC National Institute will be a conference not to miss. I am excited to attend and learn new ways to interact with my library’s young patrons. Make sure to register by Tuesday, July 2, 2024 to get the early bird rates.


Laura Bos is the Experiential Learning Librarian in the Youth Services Department at the Mount Prospect Public Library in Mount Prospect, IL. Along with creating experiential learning activities for children, she also creates and presents technology programs for school age children. Laura is currently serving as the co-chair of the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee. She can be reached at lbos@mppl.org.

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: Professionalism and Professional Development

One comment

  1. Jennifer

    I found this blog post: https://www.goyen.io/blog/so-about-that-ala-presentationpart-1 very interesting and see Benke and Ereksen are speaking again at the Institute. I’d be interested to know if their viewpoints have changed. I worry more librarians will get erroneous information by listening to them.

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