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ALSC Annual Membership Meeting

If you didn’t know ALSC had its annual membership meeting in early June, that’s okay! It’s archived here and I recommend checking it out. The switch to virtual programming and meetings is annoying in some ways, but it has increased accessibility for many. That includes this opportunity to attend a meeting that, in the past, you would have had to go to the Annual Conference for. The ALSC Annual Membership Meeting began with Dr. Claudette McLinn accepting the Distinguished Service Award. Watch the recording for Dr. McLinn’s lovely speech, including highlights of her long career in school libraries and children’s literature.  Next were updates on ALSC business, including the status of events like the Arbuthnot Lecture, the National Institute, and the Children’s Literature Legacy Lecture. The Public Awareness Committee shared some ways to adapt the Championing Children’s Services Kit to today’s world.  A long conversation followed, moderated by the ALSC…

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Find Your ALSC Home

Allison Knight is a Branch Manager at MidPointe Library System in southwestern Ohio. She’s met many wonderful people through her service with ALSC and appreciates how committee work connects dedicated librarians from all over the country. Outside of work, she enjoys going on walks with her family, taking pictures of her daughter and cat, and playing in the garden. This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, V. Outreach and Advocacy, VI. Administrative and Management Skills, and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.  

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What to do in a global pandemic was not taught in library school!

“What to do in a global pandemic was not taught in library school!” is a refrain that I’ve heard over the past few weeks from multiple colleagues. While we’re trying to figure out the best responses to the Covid 19 Pandemic – from how to continue to serve patrons, to how to best sanitize materials – ALSC’s parent organization, the American Library Association (ALA), has come up with a Pandemic Preparedness Resource for Librarians that addresses all sorts of pressing and relevant topics. 

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Finding Your People

Starting in a new role can be hard, especially if you’re the only one doing what you do in your building or your system. About two years ago, I switched positions from Youth Services Manager to Collection Development Leader and it’s been a big change. I’m now selecting and managing all our materials (youth and adult), cataloging, and working with vendors in a much more involved way than before. And one big challenge for me has been building my personal learning network (PLN) in this new-to-me area of library service. It has made me really appreciate the youth services PLN that I had built over the years and I want to make sure you have one, too. 

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Mocking Masters: Future Librarians Dive into a Mock Caldecott

I teach children’s literature in a Canadian university and my students are the next generation of children’s services librarians. For the past 2 years I have held a class-wide Mock Caldecott. This serves the dual purpose of introducing them to a lot of current illustrated material and teaching them the specifics of this important book award. My hope is that they will be able to apply these same steps to other children’s book and media awards. After reading and book-talking eligible books all term, we came up with the following top 10 Mock Caldecott contenders, in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the illustrator.