Institute 2010

Taming the Wild West: A Great Value for Your Money!

The ALSC Institute is the best conference a children’s library could ever attend. All the workshops are totally relevant for children’s librarians. There are always many children’s authors for you to meet, talk to, and of course get your books signed. The networking opportunities with other children’s people are awesome. Just about everything is covered in the registration fee, including most of your meals. What could be better than that? A great value for your money! The next ALSC Institute is in Atlanta, GA, and I hope to see you there! Janis Cooker Youth Coordinator St. Mary’s County Library

Institute 2010

Taming the Wild West: Ideas to Take Home

The 2008 ALSC Institute in Salt Lake City was the very first that I had ever attended. Though I felt sure it would be good, the Institute was even more valuable than I had imagined. Not only were the sessions quite motivational, but some of them included ideas that I could take home and use right away. We have been doing some ‘tween groups here that we modeled after the ones we saw presented in Salt Lake. Other sessions featured ideas that we adapted to our own needs, or that at the very least led us to other ideas. Institute staff was also very friendly, and though friendliness is not necessary to make a conference worthwhile, it is certainly a nice bonus. Betty Collins Youth Services Librarian Muscatine, Iowa

Institute 2010

Taming the Wild West: Useful & Inspirational Ideas

The ALSC Institute was a fabulous conference attended by 260 youth services oriented staff people-all things Youth Services. All sessions were filled with useful and inspirational ideas.  There were so many opportunities for networking, author visits, book sales, autographing and galleys to share. Most programs were repeated so that we had more than one opportunity to attend the sessions we found most interesting. Since all programs were in the hotel we stayed in, it was so easy to navigate. By the end of the conference, I felt like I knew everyone! I would recommend this institute for anyone who works with children!  Barbara Brand Youth Services Manager Johnson County (Kan.) Library

Institute 2010

Taming the Wild West: My 2008 ALSC Institute Reflection

It’s been almost two years since ALSC went west for the 2008 National Institute, but the time spent in Salt Lake City has not been forgotten.  As we prepare for the 2010 National Institute in Atlanta, we’ll be doing a blog series about Institute reflections to help those who have ever wondered, “What’s an ALSC Institute like?”  All of these posts have been hand-crafted by members who have experienced Institute for themselves, and have lived to tell the tale of ALSC in the Wild West! Questions, concerns and additional posters are always welcome!  Please email Jenny at

ALA Annual 2010

Calling All Volunteers!

Please volunteer your time and expertise by hosting the ALSC booth at ALA Annual in Washington D.C.  Two-hour slots are available starting Friday, June 25th through Monday June 28th. Exhibits will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Halls A, B and C. The ALSC booth will be located in the Membership Pavilion, booth #2525.  Friday, June 25 (Opening Celebration) 5:30-7:30 pm   Saturday, June 26 9:00 — 11:00 am 11:00 am — 1:00 pm 1:00 — 3:00 pm 3:00 — 5:00 pm  Sunday, June 27 9:00 — 11:00 am 11:00 am — 1:00 pm 1:00 — 3:00 pm 3:00 — 5:00 pm Monday, June 28 9:00 — 11:00 am 11:00 am — 1:00 pm 1:00 — 3:00 pm 3:00 — 4:00 pm* (1 hour slot) Please send me an email by Friday, June 4th if you are interested in this wonderful opportunity. Please include your preferred time slots….


ALSC Accepting Program Proposals for 2011 Annual Conference

Thinking of submitting a program proposal for ALA 2011? The Association for Library Service to Children’s Program Coordinating Committee is still accepting proposals for innovative, creative programs that have broad appeal for the 2011 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 24-27, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. The committee is looking for a wide range of themes and topics such as advocacy, multiculturalism, administration and management, early literacy, research, partnerships, best practices, programming, outreach and technology. To submit a program, download the ALSC Program Proposal form. Once completed, submit to the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee Chair, Diane Janoff at or mail to: Diane Janoff, Queens Library-Poppenhusen, 121-23 14th Ave, College Point, NY 11356. For more information visit the ALSC Web site (scroll down to the bottom) or read the ALSC Program Proposal Information Sheet. ALSC committees, members, and other interested individuals are welcome to submit a proposal. Individuals who…

ALA Annual 2010

Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work (and Play) Today

Learn to better utilize picturebooks in your library’s programming by seeing these books through the eyes of the people who create them!  Register for the ALSC 2010 Annual Conference Preconference, Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work (And Play) Today, taking place on Friday, June 25, 2010, from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  Why the ALSC Preconference?  Provides you with a one of a kind look into the world of picturebooks–you won’t find a more in-depth, day-long workshop on the subject anywhere else! Learn from more than 15 top authors and illustrators including three Caldecott medal winners, two Caldecott honor winners and one Belpré medal winner. Transfer the knowledge gained back to your library to provide better experiences for young patrons and families reading picturebooks Hands-on opportunities during artist-lead small group studio sessions taking place throughout the gallery Unbeatable ALSC member rate of $195 for the…


Serving Multicultural Populations – We Need to Hear from You!

Do you serve multicultural populations in your library? Are you meeting the needs of these populations? Would you like more resources to assist you? We need to hear from you! ALSC is currently assessing how we can best help you and your colleagues provide enhanced library service to your multicultural populations. We ask you to take a few short minutes to complete a survey designed to collect current information about the challenges you face, the tools you need and how we can help. It’s quick and easy. The survey has about 15 questions and will take just 5-10 minutes of your time. We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, March 12. Questions? Contact Linda Mays, ALSC program officer, at or 312-280-1398. Thank you!