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The ALSC Equity Fellowship

ALSC Equity Fellowship

This month I wanted to share a new and amazing opportunity for potential ALSC members of color. This post was written by members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC Implementation Task Force. The current ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force was charged with implementing a number of recommendations from the first EDI Task Force. One those recommendations was a scholarship for ALSC members of color. We debated quite a long time about making this broad or deep, meaning, should we take this earmarked money and spread it widely to ensure lots of people get their memberships paid for, or should we select a smaller number of recipients and give them a deeper mentorship experience and pay for conference attendance. We looked at a number of factors including; long term culture change, why people aren’t getting involved in the committee process, and the historically white nature of the profession. In the end,…

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Interview with 2017-18 ALSC Spectrum Scholar, Beatrice Canales

An interview with Beatrice Elizabeth Canales, 2017-2018 ALSC Spectrum Scholar What is your current title and what drew you to work in Children’s Services? From 2006 through 2015, I worked at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) as a Teen Services Liaison and as an Academic Unit Assistant for the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College (SAC). I left SAPL in 2015 to pursue my graduate degree but I continued at SAC Early Childhood Studies. The desire to work in Children’s Services have been part of my landscape since college. In college I was a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school and, as an Independent Study, I created a Children’s Advocacy student group. After college, I worked as a Children’s Advocate at a domestic violence shelter. More recently, after much soul searching, I believe that advocating for multicultural, anti-bias children’s literature starts at Emergent Literacy. How…

Mentoring

ALSC Mentoring Program Perspectives #mentorALSC

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In February, one of our ALSC Mentoring Program matches contributed a piece to the #mentorALSC Newsletter on their experience in the program up until that point. Below is their fun and inspiring message! Mentee – Marlowe Being new to the profession, the time spent in conversation with my mentor has been invaluable. It has provided training in the form of a wealth of ideas, networking opportunities with seasoned library professionals and increased my confidence within my newly minted role as the Youth Services Librarian. Our monthly conversations allow me to talk about upcoming events, current happenings within my library as well as current trends within the profession. In addition, the calls provide me with an opportunity to ask lots of questions using my mentor as a sounding board for my thoughts. It is especially beneficial for me as a mentee because my mentor is Paula Holmes who also happens to…

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Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

The 2018 Children & Libraries (CAL) digital supplement, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, is now available. Published in addition to the four quarterly issues of CAL, the supplement allows for the Arbuthnot lecture to be released in a more timely fashion following the live event. Readers no longer have to wait for the fall or winter issue to read the annual lecture. The 2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Refreshments Will Be Served: Our Lives of Reading & Writing,” was delivered by Nye on April 28 at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, Washington. And in case you missed it… The 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Debbie Reese at the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Learn more about Dr. Debbie Reese on the ALSC website.  

ALA Annual 2018

ALSC New Member Dinner at #alaac18

The first new member dinner was coordinated by the ALSC Membership Committee in Denver at MW 2018! We were so excited to host another dinner here in New Orleans for the 2018 Annual Conference. A group of about 24 people met this evening at Outlaw Pizza Company at 6:30pm. A few thanks… Thank you to Outlaw Pizza Company for providing us with a nice private space and great customer service! The food was excellent! My second thank you goes out to our Membership Committee for coordinating this dinner again. Trying to find a big enough (affordable) space, make a flyer, reach out to new ALSC/conference members, get confirmations, and coordinate food is not always the easiest, but they made it happen here in New Orleans. My third thank you is for all who came, mingled, and took a slice of pizza home with them (there was a lot!). And finally my fourth…

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ALSC Teams Up with NSLA for National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day 2018

National Summer Learning Day (NSLD) is coming up on July 12! ALSC has partnered with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to spread the word about how libraries keep kids learning during summer break. Ways you can celebrate: We encourage you to host a program or event on July 12 to join in on the National Summer Learning Day fun! Check out some of the events already posted to the NSLA database. If you are hosting a special summer learning event, we encourage you to register it here so your community members can find it. Librarians are encouraged to participate in a read aloud of Trombone Shorty, which is the official National Read Aloud Book for NSLD! NSLA has a ton of useful resources to share the impact of summer learning in their Knowledge Center. Some of these resources include a Digital Action Toolkit for Museums and Libraries, an archived webinar on Summer…

ALSC Online Courses

Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life

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Did you know we recently began offering this new course: Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life? Reading practices may limit reader potential and significantly impact life choices. Wait… What? As a librarian or educator working with young readers, you are in a position to change minds for life through guiding reader engagement with postmodern picturebooks. In this five week online course, you will explore the potential of several postmodern picturebooks to draw children in and excite their imaginations. You will develop practical resources for using these books with young readers by examining specific features of the books, generating storytime plans, and preparing parent guides for several exciting postmodern picturebooks. Registration is open! According to our evaluations, students have mentioned that they learn better when there are more participants in the course. Register today and tell a friend or colleague! Learn more about this course/instructor and take a look at the course syllabus….

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Libraries Abroad #PLA2018 #ALSCtour

At the PLA Conference I had the chance to attend a session called “Library Road Trips: Building Relationships with Libraries Abroad” and it was fun to hear the presenter talk about libraries in another countries (Cynthia spoke mostly about European countries). When I first started with ALSC it was exciting to learn that, in addition to our amazing members in the United States, we have a nice handful of international members! Most of our international members are from Canada, but we do have members in other parts of the world and I wanted to share some of these places here: Australia Greece Singapore Thailand Germany Saudi Arabia and more! At this session during PLA, the presenter explained some fun facts about these other libraries she visited and how they’re similar and different to what we might be used to. For example, she stated that many are facing similar challenges we’re…