Join us on April 19th for ALSC 101

While many are familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott committees, did you know that the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has over 60 additional opportunities to participate in committee work, task forces, and discussion groups? From creating best of the best book lists to helping coordinate ALSC’s annual budget, there is an ALSC Committee for everyone. Join us on Friday, April 19th, at 2:00 PM EST for ALSC 101 and an exploration of ALSC Committee work. 

ALSC 101 & Play-Based Engagement at #ALSC20

I popped into the ALSC 101 short session to get some background from experienced ALSC members, and to learn more about getting involved in committees. There are tons of awesome ways to get involved! Next I dove into Play-Based Community Engagement with Donna Zick, Caitlin Tormey, and Nate Halsan from Sacremento Public Library. They hold an annual Play-Summit and circulate play kits, so they decided focus library outreach and library areas on family-friendly play spaces. Their outreach areas are wide spaces to play, with comfortable floor seating, and informational tables off on the side. They also staff these spaces with staff members who are ready to get on the floor and play, too! They bring a range of activities for babies and toddlers. This type of outreach gives staff a lot of time to chat with and get to know families. The panel gave examples of awesome toys and play-exploration…

ALSC 101 (Virtual!) Recap

Every June, ALSC members gather on the Saturday night of ALA Annual to get to know one another, play games, win some prizes, and learn more about the Association. It is also an opportunity for prospective members to see what ALSC is about and to learn how to get involved. When the conference went virtual this year, ALSC 101 went virtual as well. Held on August 1st, Virtual ALSC 101 welcomed a panel of new and seasoned members, a trivia game, and breakout sessions. 

#alaac19 ALSC 101 is Awesome!

Today, I attended ALSC 101, and let me tell you, this was the place to be! ALSC 101 is a session that answers questions from new and prospective ALSC members and helps members to get the most out of the organization. I’m part of the Membership Committee which planned ALSC 101, so admittedly, I am a bit biased, but I have to say, it was a really awesome session! I especially loved the panel discussion, which featured a wide range of ALSC members with differing levels of experience in the organization. ALSC’s award and selection committees are fantastic, and in fact, many of the ALSC members who participated today had experience serving on these committees. But while they said that they had a wonderful time, when asked what their best ALSC experience has been, they focused on the work that they’ve done while serving on task forces and process committees….

ALSC 101 at the ALA Annual Conference

As a first time attendee… I’m looking forward to the ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago in just a few short weeks! There has been so much energy and focus around this years event. One of the events I am particularly interested in and excited about is ALSC 101. In my few short weeks here at ALSC, it has been a rewarding experience working with colleagues and members of the Membership Committee to put this together. Making Connections… I think ALSC 101 is going to be perfect for those individuals who, like me, are looking to connect with people from across the country, learn more about ALSC, and have fun! At this event I’m excited that we are going to be all about the sharing of experiences. We have different panelists joining us who have been members anywhere from a few months to over ten years! Our Membership Committee is doing an amazing…

Making Connections at ALSC 101 #alaac14

As a staff member, ALSC 101 has been my favorite event for a few reasons: I get to meet people from around the country, who are always excited to learn about ALSC It’s cheesy, but I really do enjoy playing get-to-know-you games Hearing really inspiring mini-speeches from ALSC leaders, super charges you with a sense of purpose Everyone leaves smiling Last night was my fourth ALSC 101 and I can’t remember a better one. Highlights of the evening included Justin Crossfox’s excellent emcee-ing, me getting tell people about my love of Settlers of Catan, and learning more about some really great attendees from exotic locations. Thanks to the ALSC Membership Committee who put on an excellent ALSC 101 session last night at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Thank you also to our amazing speakers, Andrew Medlar, Rita Auerbach, Ernie Cox, Starr LaTronica, and Ellen Riordan.

ALSC 101 and ALSC Happy Hour

To kick off the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, ALSC is hosting two quick events that will surely get your conference experience on the right track. On Friday, June 24 at 3-4 PM in Morial Convention Center Room 350-351, ALSC will host ALSC 101. The ultimate guide to all things ALSC, this event is an introduction to membership and the highlights of Annual Conference. Plus, participants will be registered for a chance to win tickets to the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet on Sunday, June 26. After ALSC 101, join fellow and prospective members at the ALSC Happy Hour, 8-10 PM at the Checkered Parrot, 132 Royal Street, New Orleans. This is a great opportunity to sit down and talk individually with members, friends, and staff. For more information about this and other events, check out the ALSC @ ALA page.