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Summer Reading and Learning is a Year-Round Community Effort

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference in Atlanta.  It was a great reminder that Summer Reading/Learning is always on the top of not only our minds, but the minds of our partners in the community who share the pleasures of working with children when the regular school year is not in session.  It seems we’re always in the midst of planning, conducting, and evaluating summer programs.

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2020 ALSC Strategic Plan: Your Board at Work!

In 2016 the ALSC Board of Directors began work on a new 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.  As many of you know, Strategic Plans are generally for 5 years, but ALSC decided that a 3 year plan gave our organization the opportunity to review, refresh and revise in a shorter time frame.  This is not to say that we haven’t been doing this during the 3 year period – we have! The Strategic Plan is not a document we put together and put away; it’s a living document. A Strategic Plan Implementation Progress Report is written four times a year, updating the Board and membership where we are in achieving our goals.

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ALSC: Serving Immigrant & Refugee Children and Their Families

I love August.  Nice and hot so that dip in the pool or lake feels refreshing and invigorating, not cold once we slip into September.  Not a whiff of the melancholy I feel once the hot weather leaves for another year.  I hope you are enjoying August as well and looking forward to the conclusion of another successful Summer Reading/Learning. In case you think ALSC sits back and relaxes in August, I wanted to be sure to tell you about some exciting news and upcoming events.

ALA Annual 2019

ALA Annual Has Come and Gone But ALSC is Still at Work!

Hello ALSC members and prospective members! I’m thrilled to be serving you as your new president!  What a whirlwind ALA Annual was!  So many great programs, books, author sightings and engagement with members and conference attendees.  A few of the outstanding programs were The Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet with heartfelt speeches by the winners, The Coretta Scott King 50th Anniversary Breakfast and the Charlemae Rollins President’s Program ‘Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature and Art featuring Dr. Nicole Cooke, Dr. Janina Fariñas and acclaimed author/illustrator Yuyi Morales.  The conference also featured Leadership & ALSC, and the Monday morning membership meeting and Awards presentation.  Your board met two times during the conference.  A few highlights of the meetings: A Task Force will be formed to look into diversifying and developing new revenue streams for ALSC. The Strategic Plan is nearing the 2020 completion and the board will be deciding soon…


Organizational Support:
What Does ALSC Do?

As Priority Consultant for ALSC Priority Group IV, Organizational Support, my role is to facilitate the committees that review, recommend and prepare polices and budgets and to advise on issues affecting the organizational structure of the division.  Sounds kind of dry, doesn’t it?  But it’s not, because this group of committees contains the backbone of ALSC.  There are nine committees within this group: Organization and Bylaws Committee develops for presentation to the Board of Directors a plan for the structure and function of each new committee or discussion group.  They also study, review and, if necessary, make recommendations to the board for revision of structure or function, addition, or discontinuation of committees and discussion groups.  They make recommendations to the Board on organization matters affecting ALSC as a whole, and to serve as liaison with the ALA Committee on Organization upon request of the Board, in an advisory capacity to…