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Apply to be an ALSC Emerging Leader!

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I joined ALSC as a staff member in 2017 and I think one of the (many) highlights of my time thus far has been working with our Emerging Leaders (EL) each year. ALSC sponsors 1 EL and it really allows me to, not only learn about them as individuals, but I learn more about the profession through the work they do in their schools/libraries and projects they choose to work on. The program has allowed me to gather everything I’ve learned about ALSC and ALA and share that with our Emerging Leader to better inform their work and welcome them in our association. Information about the program: The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to…

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2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

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ALSC is seeking applications for its seventh biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.  This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians and children with excellent children’s books. The Morris Seminar will bring new ALSC members and members with limited evaluation experience together with those who have served on ALSC’s media evaluation committees in an environment to train and mentor them in the group process and in children’s media evaluation techniques.  The seminar will result in new and emerging leaders for future ALSC evaluation committees. The Morris Endowment supports those selected to attend the training seminar by offering the seminar at no charge to the attendee.  This includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break on Friday.  To help defray additional costs for hotel and other expenses, a…

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ALSC Membership Survey

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The ALSC membership survey is here! The last time ALSC conducted this survey was in 2015, so we are definitely in need of an updated analysis on our membership. This survey will help us assess the following: Who are ALSC members? How are ALSC members using their membership? How can ALSC best serve its members? Feedback from the 2015 survey helped initiate important conversations and ideas that resulted in free archived webinars to members and initiated the pilot student gift membership program! This voluntary survey is open for just another two weeks and I hope you will take the time to contribute your thoughts about your experience with ALSC. Access As this survey is limited to ALSC members, please use your ALA username and password log into this page to access the survey link.

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#Arbuthnot20 with Neil Gaiman

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Did you know Neil Gaiman will deliver the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture? Gaiman’s work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery Medal. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. Gaiman is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama and a vocal defender of the freedom to read. The Arbuthnot lecturer, announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, may be an author, illustrator, editor, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. The host site application is still open! A library school, department of education in a college or university, or a public library system may be…

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2019 ALSC Election Results

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On Wednesday April 10, 2019 ALSC announced the 2019 Election results. A huge thank you to all candidates who stood for election and for your active involvement with ALSC. We appreciate your commitment to library service to children! Now, the 2020 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations from personal ALSC members for another group of amazingly engaged and talented members for the 2020 ballot. The nomination form for the 2020 ballot is now open and will close on April 19! This ballot will be voted on in the spring of 2020. 2019 ALSC Election Results: Vice-President/President-Elect Kirby McCurtis, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon Fiscal Officer Amber Creger, Schaumburg Township District Library, Schaumburg, Illinois “New-to-ALSC” Board Director Maggie Jacobs, New York Public Library, New York, New York Board Director April Mazza, Massachusetts Library System, Natick, Massachusetts Caldecott Committee, 2021 Carmen Lynette Boston, D C Public Library, Washington, DC Edie Ching,…

Awards & Scholarships

Bookapalooza Packing

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On March 13th 2019, ALSC announced the three winners of the 2019 Bookapalooza Program; McNary Community Library of McNary, Arizona; Jaffrey Public Library of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and Lawrence County Public Library of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. These three libraries will receive books,and audiobooks published for children birth through fourteen. Each year, the ALSC office receives nearly 3,000 newly published materials from children’s trade publishers. These materials are submitted for consideration by the ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees. By the end of each year, our shelves are filled to the last inch! It’s really exciting to watch the shelves fill up throughout the year. ALSC staff had the tiring, but fun, task of organizing, dividing, and packing these thousands of materials to be sent to our Bookapalooza winners. This year, due to the awards coordinator vacancy, staff pitched in and completed packing over the course  of a few weeks. Staff…

Friends of ALSC

Networking with #FriendsofALSC

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ALSC at Power Up! On March 28, 2019 #FriendsofALSC sponsored a reception in Madison, WI at the Power Up: A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff. The reception was hosted by Andrew Medlar and Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen. Although I could not be there in person, from pictures it seemed to be a nice opportunity for conference attendees to mingle and meet fellow attendees and ALSC members…and who doesn’t love food! You can check out the #PowerUp19 hashtag on Twitter to learn more about the conference! If you were an attendee, I hope you consider submitting a blog post on a session or major takeaways you think other youth library professionals could learn from. Planning… Planning one of these networking events without being able to physically look at the event space gets a little tricky, but it’s a lot of fun to coordinate. Some questions I’ve learned to…

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Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians

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ALSC is offering a new online course this spring! Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians: As award winning YA books are challenged, Drag Queen Story Hour raises headlines and eyebrows, and hate groups gain mainstream forums, librarians are often challenged to navigate through tempestuous waters that may conflict with personal values. Through case analysis and readings, and discussion, this course will address how librarians can employ professional ethics to address and resolve conflicts. This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of moral reasoning in application with special consideration of the tensions that may arise in professional ethics for librarians. Learning outcomes: Understand the operational concepts of professional ethics as they apply to the workplace Distinguish the intersections and conflicts that may arise between personal values and professional ethics Discover how professional ethics can be employed in policy level and individual decision making Develop strategies to promote…