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.
Are you thinking about joining ALSC? Are you a new member of ALSC? Are you a current member of ALSC and looking for ways to be more involved or network? If you can say yes to any of these questions, ALSC 101 is for you!
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…
I will be the first to admit that I am having a hard time jumping onto the “virtual” services train. I did not become a Librarian to sit at home and provide virtual content. I have been crabby and unmotivated. It seems that the hardest thing for me to want to do is virtual programs. All I keep thinking is…
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.
“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.
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.
You know what? I’m secretly an extrovert when it comes to talking about libraries. As I’m returning from (the last?) Midwinter conference, I’m reflecting upon what a great time I had at the ALSC social events this year and previous years. Thanks again to everyone who signed up for the Midwinter Dinners!