ALA Midwinter 2019

Committee Time! #alamw19

Sunday morning at Midwinter is time for the ALSC All Committee Meeting. This is when many of the wonderful “process” committees get together. Process committees are non-award committees, and include groups such as School-Age Programs & Services, Building Partnerships, and my committee, Membership. This morning at the Membership Committee meeting, we discussed our plans for Annual which include hosting the ALSC 101 session and the ALSC booth in the exhibit hall. We recapped the member dinner that we arranged in Seattle this past Friday night at Midwinter. We also had a rich conversation around how to engage and connect with not only new members, but members who have been in the association for a few years. We want ALSC to be a welcoming and inclusive organization for all, and hope to foster a sense of community among members. We’d love to hear from you! How long have you been an…

ALA Midwinter 2019

ALA Candidates Forum #alamw19

I always try to attend the ALA Candidates Forum at Midwinter if my schedule allows. Hearing from the candidates in person is a great opportunity to learn about their backgrounds, qualifications, and visions. This afternoon we heard from two candidates for ALA Treasurer, Maggie Farrell and Andrew K. Pace, as well as two candidates for ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson Jr. and Lance M. Werner. They each gave 5 minute statements, followed by an informative Q & A session with audience members. Topics that were mentioned numerous times by all the candidates include the organizational structure of ALA as well as its goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The session was taped, so look to YouTube sometime after Midwinter to watch it. And don’t forget to vote in the ALA election, which runs from March 11 – April 3, 2019.

ALA Midwinter 2019

ALA Washington Office Updates #alamw19 #leadalsc

Useful advocacy tools – hot off the press from your ALA Washington Office! Kathi Kromer, Executive Director, shared some great news and amazing resources this morning at “Leadership & ALSC.” Visit to download a 2019 ALA Year-Round Advocacy Checklist with a Congressional Calendar on the back, a visual guide to how “ALA Advocates on the Path to Federal Appropriations,” and more. Kathi shared that during the 115th Congress that just ended, there were 13,556 bills introduced, of which only 443 became law. But out of those, 5 that were ALA priorities became law! This is a great success, and something they hope to build on this coming year with the new 116th Congress. To welcome the 116th Congress, the most diverse our country’s ever seen, the ALA DC Office has 3D printed “Library Challenge” coins they are going to give new Congress members. These coins were made at DC Public…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Headed to Denver? Join us for Dinner! #alamw18

For new (and old) ALSC members, conferences can seem overwhelming. The ALSC membership committee wants to meet you and welcome you to ALSC and to Denver! What: ALSC “Dutch” (pay your own) Dinner When: Friday, February 9th at 6:30 pm Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street Who: New ALSC members or first-time Midwinter attendees Why: To learn more about ALSC, eat delicious food, make new friends and learn how to conquer the weekend! How: Please RSVP at this link: or email There’s More!: After dinner, a group will head to the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) event featuring illustrator Jillian Tamaki.  Anyone interested is invited to join.

ALA Midwinter 2016

You’ll Never Go Wrong with Notables! #alamw16

If you have a few free minutes at the conference, stop by the Notable book discussion. You’ll hear thoughtful insights about a range of titles for children. I personally would rather spend extra time there than in the exhibit hall! The work this committee does is so impressive and important. It is an open meeting, so audience members can quietly come and go. The books they are discussing are all on a table in the room, so if something catches your attention in their discussions you can check it out in person. Don’t worry, if you’re #alaleftbehind, you can see what they’re discussing with this online list. Soon we’ll all get to see what titles they pick to be on the 2016 Notable Children’s Books List!

ALA Midwinter 2016

New ALSC Competencies Discussion #alamw16 #leadalsc

ALSC’s Education Committee has updated the importance and useful Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries. At a breakout session, my table discussed the competencies with a focus on how to use them. Here are some ways to use this document: -Self-reflection and career growth -Staff reviews -Creating job descriptions -Managing staff reorganizations -Designing spaces -Advocating for resources from decision makers

ALA Midwinter 2016

Leadership & ALSC #alamw16 #leadalsc

ALSC members are the best! There are so many ways to get involved and make wonderful friends while doing good work. We just went around the room at Leadership & ALSC, and every person stood up to say who they are and why they are here. Yes, many people are here because they are on the board or a committee. But there are also new members and long-time members who want to get more involved. It is easy to do! Fill out a committee volunteer form, and check off many committees that interest you. Send it in anytime (at least once a year), and you will hear back with information about how you can get involved. It may sound silly, but this is truly one of my favorite mornings at conferences, where ALSC members can put faces to names, reconnect with old friends, and cheer one another on for the…