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ALSC Executive Director Changes

Hello ALSC! As many of you may already know, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as ALSC Executive Director. It’s been a terrific 3+ years with all of you, but my husband and I are seeking to adopt a second child (we adopted Steven, now 5, in January 2004), and I feel like I need to turn my attention family-ward for a little while. My last day will be Wednesday, April 1, 2009. I’m remaining a member of ALA and ALSC, and hope to see many of you at Annual Conference in July. I am also on Facebook and encourage you all to join; it’s very easy to use and makes staying in touch simple and fun! Interviews for my successor have already taken place and I expect the announcement of the new Executive Director to be made shortly; stay tuned. In the meantime, rest assured that the…

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What’s Happening in ALSC

Hello, ALSC! I’ve communicated with a few of you already, but I know folks might be curious about what’s happening in division governance right now, given actions that were passed by the Board in Denver, and the tragedy that we are all struggling to cope with. ALSC’s first priority right now is to honor our lost colleagues, comfort one another, and make sure we all have the information we need about memorial arrangements, and we’ve been doing that. I can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy and honoring I’ve witnessed over the past couple of weeks. Our second priority is to make sure the association’s governance continues as smoothly as possible. The ALSC Bylaws specify a clear process for filling a vacancy in the position of Vice President; the Board elects from among its members in the second or third year of Board service a person to…

In Memoriam

Obituary for Kate McClelland

Hello ALSC. Kate’s family forwarded me the text for her obituary, which will appear in tomorrow’s (2/5/09) Greenwich Time. If anyone wishes to make donations, the families’ suggested places are the Perrot Memorial Library, and/or the Connecticut Storytelling Center (see below). I know they, and we, have been amazed and gratified at the incredible outpouring of love and support from everyone in the ALSC community so far — many thanks to all of you. Diane Foote, Executive Director Association for Library Service to Children 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611 ***** Kate McClelland Riverside Kate McClelland, who worked at the Perrot Memorial Library for 29 years, most recently as associate director and director of youth services until her retirement in 2007, died last Wednesday morning, January 28, in a car accident en route to Denver International Airport, where she had been attending the American Library Association conference. She was…

In Memoriam

A Great Loss in ALSC

I’m very sorry to convey the tragic news that I know many of you know already: yesterday, on their way to the Denver airport following ALA Midwinter, ALSC Vice President Kate McClelland and Notable Children’s Videos Chair Kathy Krasniewicz were killed in a hit-and-run automobile accident. While the subject line refers to ALSC, we know this loss reaches well beyond our own association to affect their families, community, the profession at large, and especially the thousands of children they both worked with over the years at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Here is the article from the Greenwich newspaper Web site: http://www.greenwichtime.com/localnews/ci_11576380?source=rss Please know that as soon as we have memorial/tribute information, I will share it. In the meantime, we encourage everyone with fond memories of Kate and Kathy to share them here, in this space. Diane Foote Executive Director, ALSC 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL…

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Meanwhile, Back at the Office

For those of you interested in “under the hood” kinds of things, we’re going to offer a regular blog post from one of the ALSC office staffers about once a month. Last month, new Marketing Specialist Jenny Najduch introduced herself. This month, it’s my turn! –Diane Foote, Executive Director Q: How did you learn about ALSC? A: As soon as I began working as a children’s books publicity assistant in 1991 , I quickly learned how important ALSC and ALA are in connecting good books with young readers. Q: What are your job responsibilities? A: Working with the ALSC Board to advance ALSC’s mission and strategic plan, interpreting ALSC policies and developing effective procedures, administering the ALSC budget, and supervising our hardworking staff. Q: What questions do you answer most frequently? A: It’s an impressive sign of ALSC’s standing that we are approached several times a month by other groups…

Committees

2008 ALSC Ballot Slate

We are pleased to announce the ALSC slate for the 2008 ALA election: Vice-President/President-Elect Maralita (Micki) Freeny, Prince George’s Library System, Hyattsville, MD Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT Board of Directors Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, Menasha, WI Bernadette Nowakowski, Harold Washington Public Library, Chicago, IL Leslie Molnar, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Bruce Farrar, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX Patricia “Pabby” Arnold, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge, LA Georgene DeFilippo, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 2010 (John) Newbery Medal Selection Committee Chair Katie O’Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Junko Yokota, National-Louis University, Evanston, IL 2010 (Randolph) Caldecott Medal Selection Committee Chair Rita Auerbach, New York, NY Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC 2010 (Robert F.) Sibert Medal Selection Committee Chair Susan Veltfort, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA Vicky Smith, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, ME 2011 (Laura…