ALSC Board

Voting Day in Your Library: Welcoming All Today and Everyday

It is voting day! What does this mean for libraries? If your library is a polling location, then you will have the opportunity to welcome a diverse group of individuals through your doors. Folks that use the library all the time, those that may have never visited your library, or others who have not darkened the library’s doors in decades. Persons from all walks of life are sure to be in the library today! Do you have any special displays or signage to let everyone know that “All are Welcome Here?” If not, you still have time to promote diversity and inclusivity via informal displays of diverse books. This might be the one opportunity to make the difference in someone’s life – to provide a welcoming smile or friendly gesture to let the know that they belong at the library. If you need suggestions for titles to pull for informal displays,…

ALA Annual 2018

Moving Full Steam Ahead: One Committee at a Time

For those of you at ALA Annual in New Orleans, you can probably relate when I say we were all moving full steam ahead. With temperatures in the 90s and high humidity, most everyone you met had a bit of a glow and varying degrees of moisture clinging to them from the steamy, long days spent running to meetings that seemed miles apart. ALSC Committee Work While the Fahrenheit was certainly high, it was the steam of ALSC’s hardworking members and their various committees that kept us moving forward. During the convention, process committees were meeting to make important decisions and plan next steps for exciting projects. Some of the children’s book and media award committees were discussing new titles under consideration for various honors. At the same time, other committees such as the 2018 Pura Belpré Award selection committee were celebrating their winning authors and illustrators. Exciting ALSC co-sponsored…

ALSC Board

ALSC Awards Program Review Update

At the Midwinter Meeting 2018, the ALSC Board took action to establish a task force to review our awards program, beginning with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The Awards Program Review Task Force is now underway, to bring recommendations regarding the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Board at Annual Conference 2018.  Following Annual Conference, the task force will examine our other awards for discussion at Midwinter 2019. The task force’s exploration of the Wilder Award will include an online survey for members of ALSC and ALA ethnic affiliates to be announced this week (UPDATE March 27: the survey is now live here, open through April 8), and consultation with publishing representatives, relevant scholars and/or culturally proficient context experts as necessary, to fill gaps in knowledge regarding the impacts of the award as it is currently, and potential impacts for any changes. If the task force recommends changing the name…

ALSC Board

Julie Dietzel-Glair: ALSC Division Councilor Candidate, 2018-19

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this morning’s blog post consists of statements from the candidate standing for election as the ALSC Division Councilor, Julie Dietzel-Glair. Thank you for the opportunity to stand for election to be the ALSC Division Councilor. I believe that the biggest strength I will bring to the ALSC Board is my wide variety of experiences in the public library world. In my 17 years working in libraries, I have been a children’s librarian in a central library branch, an assistant children’s services coordinator for a 22-branch city system, and a branch manager of a small one-room library. I’m now a freelance library consultant that writes professional materials and provides training sessions and I’m lucky enough to still do storytime three days a week. I have been active in ALSC since 2006 and my favorite opportunities have been…