Professional Development

A Celebration of Illustration!

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ALSC’s spring conference is approaching! A Celebration of Illustration is everything about…illustration! This virtual one-day event has it all: panel discussions on current issues and trends in illustration with award-winning creators, illustration-based continuing education programs to help further your work with children and families in libraries, and more.

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Sharing Our Impact #wearealsc

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Members of the Association for Library Service to Children engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children. This is ALSC’s vision statement, but what does the work look like to achieve it? We recently published our 2019-2020 Annual Report, which covers our Association’s work from September 2019 – August 2020 (fiscal year 2020). This report includes a message from 2019 – 2020 ALSC President, Cecilia McGowan, strategic plan progress, initiatives, and much more! It’s a 20-page wrap-up of important activity, and each year I’m amazed at the amount of work accomplished by our members and staff in fulfilling our vision. Below, I’ve highlighted two sections from this report, but I hope you’ll explore the report in full and share it with others. Membership and Involvement At the time of publication of this report, March 2020 membership statistics showed ALSC having 3,932 total members. Since then, estimates show we…

ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

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With every conference, I like to give a shout out to ALSC’s Membership Committee. From planning informal gatherings to coordinating and participating in other engagement opportunities, this committee truly blows me away. For Midwinter, the committee planned a Pre-YMA ALSC Mixer, which you can read about in Abby’s blog post. Amy Seto Forrester and Allison Knight from the committee also participated in a virtual student networking session in the “Librarian Lounge”. Amy and Allison offered their insight on children’s services and gave advice to students pursuing their MLIS degrees. So much of the welcoming events and initiatives come from the creative minds of those on the Membership Committee and I am grateful to experience their passion for youth services and ALSC. If you are a member interested in volunteering for an ALSC process (non-book award) committee, please fill out a volunteer form as ALSC Vice-President, Lucia Gonzalez, will be making…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Tough Conversations – Resources to Share

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In my personal networks over the past few months, the question, “How do we talk to the kids about this?” has repeatedly surfaced as these continue to be challenging and unjust times. Every time I read or heard this question, though, I was reminded of the value of being a part of ALSC. Every time I read or heard this question, I was able to share an ALSC booklist, resource, or an article developed by (or which featured) our members. Below are the resources I’ve shared with friends and family, incase it is also helpful to you in supporting your own families and communities: Tough Topics booklist (grades K-8): Personally, what I appreciate about these lists is that, in addition to the titles, they also include trusted resources for adults to explore. Unity and Justice booklist #LooktoLibraries Resources: In particular, I have shared the Tough Conversations Tip Sheet. (A warm…

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Big Acts of Kindness

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I think the phrase “small act of kindness” is interesting. How can any act of kindness be considered small? What does “small” mean? Small to whom? In a recent blog post, I highlighted the ways ALSC, as an organization, has delivered on our core values. I’ve also highlighted some of the ways in which I’ve seen members of our ALSC community share with one another this year. Now, similarly, through an ALSC lens, I’d like to list some of the big acts of kindness I’ve seen: Being the staff member tasked with monitoring the @wearealsc Twitter is sometimes challenging, but it’s so worth it when I see our community exchange ideas and encourage one another in and outside of #librarylife. From a “good luck” tweet on an upcoming job interview to a “that looks amazing” tweet when someone bakes a yummy looking pie– these are big acts of kindness to…

Collaboration

Demonstrating ALSC Core Values

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I was really moved by Keary’s blog post earlier this week on what an ALSC membership means to her. It was personal and got to the heart of the value of ALSC. I think the main question I have tried to ask and answer this year is: How can we ensure our members will continue to lean on ALSC even during these challenging times? One answer I came up with is: Building trust and community. Follow-up question: So, how do we continue to build trust and community? Answer: Doing things, however big or small, which strongly affirm our core values. In case you didn’t know, ALSC’s core values are: collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness.  I want to highlight some of my personal favorite things we’ve done this year, big and small, which affirm our core values.   1.       Back in March (I think…

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

Minh Lê, Carole Lindstrom, Siman Nuurali and more at #alsc20!

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Have you registered for our Virtual Institute yet? We have a bunch of great programs and speakers lined up! Some include: Breakfast for Bill Program “Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature” featuring Minh Lê, Siman Nuurali, Bao Phi, and Kao Kalia Yang! General Session “We Are Water Protectors” featuring Michaela Goade and Carole Lindstrom. These are just two but there are many others! You can find them listed on the schedule posted on the #alsc20 website. Educational Programs This year, our educational programs fall under our themes of: Collaborate, Include, Innovate, and Respond. Below is a random selection of one program associated with each of these themes. Collaborating to Create Welcoming Spaces for Children, Youth and Families Where do you start when you want to make a change to a library space?  How do you create buy-in with stakeholders who hold different knowledge and multiple perspectives? This session…

Collaboration

Sharing. #weareALSC

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I recently recorded a quick Q&A video with Children & Libraries Journal Editor, Sharon Verbeten. Did you know she has been the CAL journal editor for 18 years?! I did not know that! But one of the other statements she made during our Q&A that really stuck with me was, “We like to share in ALSC,” and now more than ever I have found this to be true. This has been a time where so many of us have probably felt isolated at different levels, in different ways. For me, it’s been really heartwarming to see ALSC members continuing to share knowledge and offer support to each other in the ways they can. I’d like to highlight some of the ways I’ve seen members “share” with each other during the past few months: Sharing via the ALSC Blog: We’ve had so many posts during the past few months that share…