ALA Annual 2016

So you think you want to volunteer for YALSA…

If you think YALSA as opposed to ALA is a softer option for volunteering your professional, think again!  These people are dedicated.  Youth services is a calling and so is throwing your hat in the proverbial ring.  It’s a ring not of doom, but a multi-ring circus, and your committee chair is the ringmaster. But wait!  Don’t walk away yet!  There is hope for the more casual contributor.  And indeed some of the smaller, less time-consuming contributions may in fact lead to bigger and better things.

ALA Annual 2016

Notable Children’s Recordings Nominees — Summer 2016 #alaac16

The ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee is charged with creating a list of the best children’s recordings that fit the following criteria (from the ALSC website): respects young people’s intelligence and imagination exhibits venturesome creativity in exemplary ways reflects and encourages the natural interest of children and young adolescents depicts excellence through the effective use of voices, music, sound effects, and language maintains high standards in aesthetic and technical aspects adapted materials remain true to, expand, or complement the original work The committee has been busy reviewing submissions released since November 1, 2015. Please join us at ALA Annual as we discuss the list below. We will meet in HYATT-Celebration 11 on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-5:30 PM, and on Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM: Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abe Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport. 36 minutes. Spoken Arts. Performed by Nicol Zanzarella. 978-0-545-93267-7 All Rise for the Honorable Perry…

Audio books

Encouraging young listeners with downloadable and streaming audiobooks

Downloadable and streaming audiobooks have been on my mind again.  Recently, some articles came out about the benefits of audiobooks for literacy; a revelation that probably surprised few of us in children’s and school library services.  We did not create the Odyssey awards for nothing.  ALA Editions published a wonderful book about it by Sharon Grover and Lizette D. Hannegan “back” in 2012.  Last year, Rachel Wood from Arlington Public Library wrote an ALSC Blog post that stands as a primer for building an e-audio collection.  But it always feels like a topic needs to come around a few times before the greater profession and the greater public latches on. Perhaps it is not always content that is the way to hook a reluctant reader but format too.  Dan Cohen from the DPLA wrote an article for The Atlantic talking about the powerful role that smartphones play in the lives…

ALA Midwinter 2016

Notable Children’s Sound Recordings — 2016 Discussion List

Barbara Scotto, the chair of the 2016 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, and the entire NCR committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place in the Renaissance Waterfront, Room Georges, at the following times: Friday, January 8, 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm Saturday, January 9, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Sunday, January 10, 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm The complete discussion list is below: A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, 3 hrs 58 min, cd, $30.00, Listening Library, 9781101891582 A House for a Hermit Crab, 11 min, cd+bk, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545875004 A Plague of Bogles, 7 hrs 16 min, cd, $45.00, Listening Library, 9780553556261 All American Boys, 6 hrs 30 min, mp3, $17.99, Simon & Schuster, 9781442398672 All Around This World: Africa, 1 hr 24 min, cd, $18.99, CD Baby/Sugar Mountain All Fall Down, 8 hrs 34 min, cd, $74.99, Scholastic, 9780545788342…