ALA Annual 2011

Visit the de Grummond Collection at Annual!

If you plan on attending ALA Annual in New Orleans this summer, don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection during this one-day tour! The collection is located in Hattiesburg on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Organized by Ellen Ruffin, the tour will provide a unique look into an astounding collection. The cost for the entire trip is $50.00; please see the attached PDF for more information:

Call to Action

Get Your Name in Print!

ALSC’s official journal, Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (CAL), is now soliciting manuscripts for its 2011 volume year and beyond. CAL, which publishes three times per year (spring, summer/fall, and winter), is a refereed publication with a target audience of more than 3,700 children’s librarians (public and school). Any topics of interest and import to children’s librarians are welcome. It’s a great way to get published in the profession and to share your research and program successes, as well as lessons learned, with thousands of colleagues in the field. All academic manuscripts are reviewed by at least two peer referees in consideration for publication. Accepted articles will carry the author’s byline and a brief bio; articles are unpaid. For more information on how to submit articles for consideration, please contact Editor Sharon Korbeck Verbeten at

Children's Literature (all forms)

Today Show and the Youth Media Awards

Dear ALSC Members, This week, you may have heard that Newbery and Caldecott medalists, Clare Vanderpool and Erin C. Stead did not appear on the NBC’s Today Show. Noting that it has been a decade long tradition to interview the medal winners following the Youth Media Awards, Publishers Weekly posted an article today addressing this news. The Public Information Office of the American Library Association has issued this statement regarding the situation: “The American Library Association did reach out to the Today Show, and multiple conversations took place between show producers and Pro-Media Communications, ALA’s media relations firm,” said Mark Gould, director, ALA Public Information Office. “Unfortunately we were turned down. “The ALA Youth Media Awards have had a spot on the Today Show for more than a decade, and while not being on this year was a disappointment for ALA members and book lovers across the country, we hope the Today Show can find…

Awards & Scholarships

How To Get Newbery/Caldecott Seals

Here at ALSC Headquarters, we’re excited about the recent Youth Media Awards announcements. We had a great Midwinter Meeting and now it’s back to business. One of the first things we wanted to explain the process for purchasing your new award seals. Foil seals depicting the ALA/ALSC Batchelder, Belpre, Caldecott, Carnegie, Geisel, Newbery, Odyssey, Sibert and Children’s Notable Media medals are available in packages of 24 seals (gold or silver) through the ALA Store. Additionally, seals are also available in bulk. We take a great deal of pride in being able to offer these awards and so we try to make it easy to obtain these seals quickly. And, our gold and silver seals will help your patrons spot recommended books more easily. For more on the awards and ALA Permissions, please check out the ALSC Frequently Asked Questions section.

ALSC Online Courses

ALSC Online Courses Build on Midwinter Momentum

You’ve flown home, unpacked and are heading back to work. All of the ideas swirling in your head might go on paper, but how do you build on what you’ve started at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting? How about taking on online course through ALSC? This winter, ALSC is offering four courses designed to expand, enliven and excite your experience in library services. Interested in digging deeper into the Newbery Medal? We’ve got you covered. Want outstanding programming ideas? Check! Psyched about graphic novels? No problem! A comprehensive look at information literacy across the learning spectrum? It’s here. Registration is now open, but please note that the final day to sign up is Monday, January 31, 2011. Courses begin Monday, February 7, 2011. Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC Web site at Fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for…

ALSC Online Courses

REMINDER: Registration open for ALSC Online Courses

With the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego fast approaching already here, it’s time to start thinking about continuing education. Opportunities like Midwinter and ALSC’s online courses go hand-in-hand! Please be reminded that the registration deadline for ALSC’s popular online courses is Monday, January 31, 2011. Courses run from February 7 through March 18. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this winter’s great offerings of courses including: Information Literacy – From Preschool to High School Instructor: Maryann Mori, Director, Waukee Public Library Out of This World Youth Programming Instructor: Angela Young, MSLS, Youth Services Librarian, Lorain Public Library System Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children Instructor: Janet Weber, MLIS, Youth Services Librarian, Tigard Public Library The Newbery Medal: Past, Present, and Future Instructor: Kathleen T. Horning, Director, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison Online classes are a great way to keep current on the latest trends in…


Show Your Support with an ALSC Button

Claim your button! We’ve recently add our own buttons (or widgets) to our blog that give you the opporunity to help support ALSC. What are we talking about? These little things: and Like our buttons? You’re welcome to help yourself. Put them on your blog and help us reach out to all of the people out there who are interested in possibly becoming an ALSC member. Have a blog but don’t know how to install your button? Check out the ALSC Wiki for a handy-dandy guide to installing ALSC buttons. Happy blogging! By the way, thanks go out to ALSC Blogger Lisa Taylor for suggesting this idea!