Guest Blogger

Librarians Can Be Essential To Helping Children Cope with Cancer

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, it is estimated that 15,780 children (0-19 years of age) are diagnosed with cancer every year. Approximately 1 child in 285 is diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. before their 20th birthday. Every 3 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer somewhere in the world [1]. When a child is going through cancer treatment, the challenges extend to the entire family, and librarians can play a crucial role in helping them cope. Cancer is a disease of high complexity, with demands that go beyond the assistance of healthcare professionals. More than diagnosis and treatment, these children need a long chain of support that includes mental health counseling, encouraging and advising families on how to support the children, specific hygiene care (since children can be immunosuppressed due to treatments), and because children going through cancer treatment will miss their classes, there is a process…

Awards & Scholarships

Finding the Next ALSC Distinguished Service Award Winner

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations from ALSC members for individuals who have “made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and ALSC.” You may be wondering who qualifies for consideration. Well, beyond their contributions to the field, the main criteria are (1) that the person has devoted their work to children ages birth through fourteen and (2) they must be a current member of ALSC.  These individuals can be:  A librarian who works in a school or public library An educator working in the library or information science field A member of the library press An employee of a publishing house A retiree Want to learn more? Visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page to see a full list of previous winners, watch the acceptance speeches of past winners like Liz McChesney, Dr. Claudette McLinn, and Maria B. Salvadore, and read about…

Children's Literature (all forms)

Notable Children’s Books – November 2021 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

Guest Blogger

Mocktail Hour: Bring Your Own & Talk Mock on Friday, November 5th!

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, (ALSC) has partnered with the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois for a daylong symposium celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Newbery Award. This is a virtual event scheduled for this coming Friday, November 5th. Registration is free, and the recording will be available through the Center for Children’s Books following the event. 

Administrative and Management Skills

Why you should consider volunteering for the ALSC Budget Committee

For me, and maybe for some of this blog’s readers, this time of year is professional association membership renewal season!  It’s also a great time of year to be completing my professional association volunteer forms.  For ALSC, you can find that form here:  https://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms/alscforms.  

Guest Blogger

Notable Children’s Books – November 2021 Discussions

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. 

Guest Blogger

Staying connected across time zones, and continents

How can you build and maintain professional connections when you can’t meet up in person? Making a long-distance (or trans-Atlantic!) mentorship work across time zones is no easy task under normal circumstances, and with the additional challenges the pandemic presented, ALSC mentee Aryssa Damron and ALSC mentor Celeste Rhoads had to lay out some ground rules together for communication before beginning our partnership. The ALSC mentorship program was a great opportunity to establish good communication habits across many channels, and many of the tricks and guidelines applied to this working relationship could be used to establish professional connections and maintain relationships with fellow-professionals outside of an official mentorship program.  

Guest Blogger

Real Connections in a Virtual World

The first time I did virtual storytime, I created a Mr. Rogers-inspired background in my living room, broke out some carefully crafted finger puppets, and thoroughly enjoyed performing on Zoom. Over the following weeks, I grew to appreciate many aspects of virtual programming. But, like so many children’s librarians, I also began to feel like something was missing. I wanted to hear giggles, tales of lost teeth, and requests for favorite songs. I missed the kids.