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Connecting (Virtually) during LibLearnX 2022

It’s always challenging to network at conferences. It takes energy and a fair bit of gumption to introduce yourself to folks, especially if you’re new to the library world. When a conference is virtual, that adds another barrier. So much of networking is based on happy accidents: finding yourself in the same session/bus/elevator as someone else and taking the opportunity to strike up a conversation.  For LibLearnX, the ALSC Membership Committee’s goal is to create an intentional space for happy accidents via Zoom. While it’s not the same as the in person conference events we dream about going back to some day (ALSC 101, small group dinners), we hope it can be a time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones too. 

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Getting Published within ALSC

Have you recently run a successful virtual program and are looking for more people to share the idea with? Do you have a research passion on the side related to children’s experiences with bibliotherapy? Are you itching to interview a favorite author or talk about your experiences with library mentorship?  A great way to scratch that itch, and work on growing your professional network through writing, is by getting published within ALSC. ALA in general has a plethora of ways to get published, but ALSC specifically has three pathways to publication to fit your schedule, desires, and the length of your content. 

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Introducing Recipients of the BIPOC New Member Funding Program

This spring, the Membership Committee undertook a project to intentionally recruit new ALSC members, specifically those who are paraprofessionals or students, and who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). In alignment with ALSC’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation, 10 BIPOC library students and 10 paraprofessionals/library support staff members were selected to receive two year ALA and ALSC memberships, along with opportunities for meaningful engagement including: regular virtual meetings with other recipients, activities and discussions, mentorship, shadowing committees, and more. 

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Introducing Recipients of the BIPOC New Member Funding Program

This spring, the Membership Committee undertook a project to intentionally recruit new ALSC members, specifically those who are paraprofessionals or students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). In alignment with ALSC’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation, 10 BIPOC library students and 10 paraprofessionals/library support staff members were selected to receive one year ALA and ALSC memberships, along with opportunities for meaningful engagement including: regular virtual meetings with other recipients, activities and discussions, mentorship, shadowing committees, and more.  We, as the Membership Committee, know that for many potential members, there’s a lack of institutional support, financial or otherwise. For those new to the profession, they may not be aware of all the amazing opportunities our professional organization provides. We want to seek diverse voices and ensure they have the opportunity to become more involved with…

ALA Annual Conference 2021

Notable Notables

Beginning this year’s ALA Annual with the Notable Children’s Books Committee discussions was the perfect prelude to a well-rounded conference experience!  As the conference continued, I was able to apply the framework used for high-quality children’s book evaluations to view the subsequent sessions through a lens of relevancy to children’s publishing.  And it was a delightful highlight for me to recognize authors and illustrators during the conference whose work had been discussed in the Notables! 

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Making a Connection: How Serving on a Process Committee Helped Me Get Through a Global Pandemic

I know that everyone is always interested in what it’s like to serve on the Newbery or Caldecott or other selection committees. I’ve served on the Newbery Committee and it is certainly an amazing experience. But don’t discount the strong connections you can make serving on process committees. 

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Memoirs of a Process Committee Member: How ALSC Has Helped Me Strengthen Skills

As I try to write my final blog post as a member of the Membership Committee, I have found myself reflecting quite a bit about my two years with this fun and engaging process committee. I recall getting my committee appointment from past president Cecilia McGowan and the excitement of being appointed to my first ALSC committee. I had been involved in ALSC as part of the Peer Mentoring Program in 2016 and served as an Emerging Leader in 2018 but committee work was different. I also had a vague understanding of what serving on Membership would be like and the reality far exceeded my expectations. Here of some highlights of skills I got to strengthen while being a part of this fantastic committee.