I was excited to attend the premier broadcast of the 52nd annual Coretta Scott King Book Award celebration this morning. While this event hosted on YouTube did not equal the excitement of an in-person gathering, it was wonderful to share the experience virtually, and to hear the winners offer not only their thanks for having their books recognized with a Coretta Scott King award, but also offer personal stories as to why they wrote the book or issues of societal impact related to their titles. Passionate and powerful, affirming and challenging, filled with both calls to action and personal statements… I was profoundly moved by the sincerity and truth of their words. I tried to think of how I could encapsulate this ceremony and the words spoken, and decided I really just wanted to encourage you to watch and enjoy the speeches yourself. It is available to view at https://youtu.be/0bFLbnvSc7c….
The Assistant Director for ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Kristin Pekoll, offered an “on-demand” session during the ALA Conference about 2020 trends and numbers as well as discussing how the information is obtained. It was a quick but fascinating look at censorship in our libraries.
I always appreciate learning about the Indigenous history of locations I visit or in which I attend conferences. Since this 2021 ALA conference is virtual, the conference is “based” in ALA’s home city of Chicago.
The American Library Association Annual Conference begins today. Are you unable to attend and wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on at #alaac21? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog for photos and information about what’s going on at this virtual ALA conference . You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #alaac21.
Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee works to select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings of interest to children. This year the 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee will be meeting virtually on: Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Monday, Jun 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM (Central Time) Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Click to register to attend and observe the discussions at any of these 3 open meetings. Here is the complete 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Round 1 discussion list: Books: At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Read by Kimberly Guerrero. Listening Library. DD. C is for Country. By Lil Nas X. Ready by Lil Nas X. Listening Library. DD The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latha. Read by Irene Latham and Ramsey Faragallah. Listening Library. DD. City of…
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2021-22 Vice President/President-Elect, Amy Koester and Renee Grassi. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Renee Grassi.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the morning and afternoon blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2021-22 Vice President/President-Elect, Amy Koester and Renee Grassi. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Amy Koester.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this afternoon’s blog post consists of statements from the six candidates standing for election to the ALSC Board of Directors.