ALA Midwinter 2020

ALSC Staff Appreciation Post #alamw20

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ALSC staff works anywhere between 14 and 17 hours straight on the Sunday before the Youth Media Awards announcements. I’ve heard stories where it’s been even longer than that! So, before we really jump into Sunday, I want to send a quick ALSC staff appreciation post. I have the privilege of working with a group of 6 other people who are creative, funny, intelligent, and genuinely committed and interested in the work our 4,000 members do everyday for children and their families. I had to use the best of my artistic abilities to draw in Aimee (ALSC’s Executive Director) and Angela (ALSC’s Projects and Partnerships Program Officer) who could not make our group photo above. 

ALA Midwinter 2020

Don’t Forget to Submit your Mock YMA Results!

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The 2020 YMA’s are almost here! This year, I’ve had a lot of fun receiving and posting all of the mock elections submissions on the YMA Mock Elections page. It has given me an opportunity to pull and read some of the boo ks you have chosen as your winners and honors. The 2020 YMA Mock Elections page is still accepting your results through January 17! This will allow me time to post them prior to ALSC staff Midwinter travels. If you are joining us on site in Philly, the YMA’s will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom AB. If you will not be joining us on site, you can still watch the live webcast! Information about the live webcast can be found on the ilovelibraries website. Looking forward to it!

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Submit Your 2020 Mock Elections Results!

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It’s almost that time of year again! The 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards are coming up on January 27, 2020 at 8 a.m. ET. The ALSC Blog has a “YMA Mock Elections” page dedicated to each award year and libraries, schools, bookstore, and book clubs are welcome to submit their mock election results based on the exciting and robust discussions they’ve had in their own groups. Check out the real 2019 recorded webcast  and 2019 Mock Elections results page. The 2020 Mock Elections submission form is now open! We look forward to receiving and posting your mock results on the 2020 page. Please submit your results by January 17, 2020 to have them featured on the ALSC Blog.

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ALSC Professional Awards season is here!

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We recently completed a 2019 Membership Needs Assessment survey and it was surprising to learn over 95% of ALSC members have not applied for any of the available Professional Awards, Grants or Scholarships *insert my sad face*. Here are some reasons why I thought ALSC members might be hesitant in applying: There is an application process along with requirements and criteria that should be met for each of these opportunities. This could be intimidating or time consuming, but I promise our amazing ALSC staff and selection committee members are here to help answer all of your questions! It could also be possible that ALSC members just do not know these opportunities exist! If you did not know they existed, I’m here to tell you that they do! *insert my happy face* ALSC awards over $100,000 in the form of awards, grants and scholarships every year and I have listed them…

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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…