This is the first time I have attended an ALSC Institute and I found it to be an exciting weekend filled with some of the best professional training sessions I have ever had the opportunity to take part in. I also got the chance to meet a few of the other members of the Public Awareness Committee face to face for the first time.
Are you interested in learning more about how you can build support for your library? Do you also happen to be heading to Cincinnati this week for the 2018 ALSC Institute? If so, have we got a program for you! The ALSC Public Awareness Committee and the Advocacy and Legislation Committee are excited to share their session titled “Demystifying Advocacy: Building Support for Your Library.” During the hour and a half, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look into the history of the “Championing Children’s Services Toolkit” – an advocacy resource currently being developed by the Public Awareness Committee to showcase the value of all library staff who work with youth. We’ll talk about a top-secret and super exciting part of our toolkit (spoiler alert, it involves a video that we hope to film at ALA Midwinter!) and then the Advocacy and Legislation Committee will walk you through a fun, hands-on…
Have you heard about the ALSC Equity Fellowship? There are still a few days left to apply!
It’s August 27th. If your school district doesn’t start back until after Labor Day, you are in the home stretch with Summer Learning! If your Summer Learning program has already ended, CONGRATULATIONS! You should take some time to celebrate all of the hard work you did the last few months to make this summer wonderful for the community you serve. If you find yourself with a bit of free time over the long weekend, might I suggest celebrating with a literary treat?
The #MeToo movement has sparked people, usually women but not always, to come forward and name names of creators of children’s books whose behavior is unacceptable.
Have the kids read through all the graphic novels that you usually recommend? Are you looking at near-empty shelves and needing inspiration? If that situation sounds familiar, here’s some assistance coming your way!
Many libraries are finding ways to connect with their adolescent disparate populations and finding effective ways of cultivating strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and developing robust communications that target the diverse organizations and populations in their communities.
On June 19, a “Resolution on Cessation of Family Separations for Refugees Arriving at the United States Borders” was shared on the REFORMA listserv with a call to “distribute far and wide to your divisions, round table, and other library boards” and to “get endorsements for the resolution.” The ALSC Board then reviewed and discussed the resolution on ALA Connect in the days leading up to the ALA Annual Conference. The resolution was entered into the consent agenda for ALSC Board I at ALA Annual, which took place today, Saturday, June 23. At that meeting, the ALSC Board endorsed the resolution, which has been amended and renamed “Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents.” The resolution is currently planned to go before Council, sponsored by the Committee on Library Advocacy, on Tuesday at ALA Annual in New Orleans. Because this is an evolving news item, the specifics of…