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Apply to Host the 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture with Naomi Shihab Nye!

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ALSC and the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2018 event featuring award-winning poet, editor, and children’s book author Naomi Shihab Nye. The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event at which an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature presents a paper that makes a significant contribution to the field. A library school, department of education in a college or university or a children’s library system may be considered to host. The lecture is administered by ALSC. Apply Today! Applications are due Monday, May 15, 2017. Information about host site responsibilities is included in the application materials. The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May. During the ALA 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Naomi Shihab Nye was selected by the Arbuthnot Lecture Committee to speak in 2018. “A wise and lyrical observer, Naomi Shihab…

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ALSC online education for Fall 2011

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announces the release of the new Fall 2011 Online Education Course schedule. ALSC is offering five courses, each of which begins September 26. Each of the five courses addresses a different topic and includes ideas for librarians and children’s literature enthusiasts. The courses run four to six weeks long and are administered through Moodle, ALA’s online learning platform. Through Moodle, participants will interact with other course members, read articles and resources and share class assignments. Connecting with ‘Tween Readers (four weeks, Sept. 26 – Oct. 21) examines the developmental needs and abilities that make this age group (children 10 — 12 years old) unique. Participants will discuss why tweens are particularly vulnerable to illiteracy, and what types of activities and programs (including the utilization of currently popular technologies) libraries can offer to keep these children on the path to becoming lifelong readers….

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ALSC Executive Director Changes

Hello ALSC! As many of you may already know, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as ALSC Executive Director. It’s been a terrific 3+ years with all of you, but my husband and I are seeking to adopt a second child (we adopted Steven, now 5, in January 2004), and I feel like I need to turn my attention family-ward for a little while. My last day will be Wednesday, April 1, 2009. I’m remaining a member of ALA and ALSC, and hope to see many of you at Annual Conference in July. I am also on Facebook and encourage you all to join; it’s very easy to use and makes staying in touch simple and fun! Interviews for my successor have already taken place and I expect the announcement of the new Executive Director to be made shortly; stay tuned. In the meantime, rest assured that the…

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What’s Happening in ALSC

Hello, ALSC! I’ve communicated with a few of you already, but I know folks might be curious about what’s happening in division governance right now, given actions that were passed by the Board in Denver, and the tragedy that we are all struggling to cope with. ALSC’s first priority right now is to honor our lost colleagues, comfort one another, and make sure we all have the information we need about memorial arrangements, and we’ve been doing that. I can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy and honoring I’ve witnessed over the past couple of weeks. Our second priority is to make sure the association’s governance continues as smoothly as possible. The ALSC Bylaws specify a clear process for filling a vacancy in the position of Vice President; the Board elects from among its members in the second or third year of Board service a person to…

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New Series Beginning in November

In November ALSC will be starting a new series on the blog entitle, “Things I Didn’t Learn in Library School…,” to give our student members a feel for what it’s like to be a new librarian.  Obviously Library School prepares you well professionally, but what about all of those “real life” situations that come up, and you’re left wondering, “What do I do now?!” If you have a humorous anecdote or a piece of advice you would like to share please send it my way.  I’m going to compile responses and post a few on the blog every month.  If you’re already an ALSC blogger, feel free to post your own come November!  Please send entries to me, Jenny Najduch, at This is meant to be fun and lighthearted, so please, have a good time with it and share a story that will make fellow members smile! 🙂  Remember to check-back…

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Web Site Overhaul

In fall 2008, ALA will unveil a redesigned Web site that is the culmination of two years of gathering information from focus groups, interviews, usability tests, surveys, and other feedback loops.  ALSC’s Web site will also be redesigned to follow the new ALA site structure as closely as possible.  From August 1 until ALA’s new Web site is launched, ALSC is unable to make changes to its Web pages.  However, existing content will remain live, and breaking news will continue to update on the ALA home page.  In addition, the ALSC-L electronic discussion list and blog will continue to offer current information.  We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The target date of the launch is early September. We invite you to preview the site’s new look at, and to see ALSC’s work in progress at  We are excited about these changes and…

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ALSC’s First Ever Online Continuing Education Courses

This fall marks a first for ALSC with the start of Online Continuing Education!  Four online courses will be offered this fall, including: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” (Katherine Todd); “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” (Nancy J. Keane); “The Technology Enhanced Library Professional” (Sara Fisher); and “Sharing Poetry with Children” (Sylvia M. Vardell).  The first set of courses, selected by the ALSC Education Committee, will begin Oct. 6 and run through Nov. 14.  Future sessions are scheduled for February 2009 and summer 2009.  All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.  Two of the courses focus specifically on using technology in children’s library programming.  “The Technology-Enhanced Library Professional” will show participants how new technologies can be utilized in the library.  The course will also explore, through the discussion of current events and articles, different issues arising with the increasing…