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ALSC Membership Survey

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The ALSC membership survey is here! The last time ALSC conducted this survey was in 2015, so we are definitely in need of an updated analysis on our membership. This survey will help us assess the following: Who are ALSC members? How are ALSC members using their membership? How can ALSC best serve its members? Feedback from the 2015 survey helped initiate important conversations and ideas that resulted in free archived webinars to members and initiated the pilot student gift membership program! This voluntary survey is open for just another two weeks and I hope you will take the time to contribute your thoughts about your experience with ALSC. Access As this survey is limited to ALSC members, please use your ALA username and password log into this page to access the survey link.

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2019 ALSC Election Results

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On Wednesday April 10, 2019 ALSC announced the 2019 Election results. A huge thank you to all candidates who stood for election and for your active involvement with ALSC. We appreciate your commitment to library service to children! Now, the 2020 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations from personal ALSC members for another group of amazingly engaged and talented members for the 2020 ballot. The nomination form for the 2020 ballot is now open and will close on April 19! This ballot will be voted on in the spring of 2020. 2019 ALSC Election Results: Vice-President/President-Elect Kirby McCurtis, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon Fiscal Officer Amber Creger, Schaumburg Township District Library, Schaumburg, Illinois “New-to-ALSC” Board Director Maggie Jacobs, New York Public Library, New York, New York Board Director April Mazza, Massachusetts Library System, Natick, Massachusetts Caldecott Committee, 2021 Carmen Lynette Boston, D C Public Library, Washington, DC Edie Ching,…

Awards & Scholarships

Bookapalooza Packing

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On March 13th 2019, ALSC announced the three winners of the 2019 Bookapalooza Program; McNary Community Library of McNary, Arizona; Jaffrey Public Library of Jaffrey, New Hampshire; and Lawrence County Public Library of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. These three libraries will receive books,and audiobooks published for children birth through fourteen. Each year, the ALSC office receives nearly 3,000 newly published materials from children’s trade publishers. These materials are submitted for consideration by the ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees. By the end of each year, our shelves are filled to the last inch! It’s really exciting to watch the shelves fill up throughout the year. ALSC staff had the tiring, but fun, task of organizing, dividing, and packing these thousands of materials to be sent to our Bookapalooza winners. This year, due to the awards coordinator vacancy, staff pitched in and completed packing over the course  of a few weeks. Staff…

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Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians

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ALSC is offering a new online course this spring! Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians: As award winning YA books are challenged, Drag Queen Story Hour raises headlines and eyebrows, and hate groups gain mainstream forums, librarians are often challenged to navigate through tempestuous waters that may conflict with personal values. Through case analysis and readings, and discussion, this course will address how librarians can employ professional ethics to address and resolve conflicts. This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of moral reasoning in application with special consideration of the tensions that may arise in professional ethics for librarians. Learning outcomes: Understand the operational concepts of professional ethics as they apply to the workplace Distinguish the intersections and conflicts that may arise between personal values and professional ethics Discover how professional ethics can be employed in policy level and individual decision making Develop strategies to promote…

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Summer Reading Program Grants, STEAM Grants, and more!

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ALSC members! Take advantage of these grant opportunities that are still available for you to apply for. Also, enjoy the look of our new Professional Awards logo! Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a $4,000 grant to a qualified children’s librarian to spend a total of four weeks or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, Universityof Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin. Applications for this close November 8th! Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant The ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries by providing $3,000 in financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. Applications for this close November…

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See you in 2020! #alsc18 #act4kids

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Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for the 2018 ALSC Institute and thank you for your efforts in embracing advocacy and inclusion! We hope these past few days sparked new ideas and new connections. The 2020 ALSC National Institute will take place October 1-3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN! We’ll be updating the Institute page on our website as the next year unfolds.

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Interview with 2017-18 ALSC Spectrum Scholar, Beatrice Canales

An interview with Beatrice Elizabeth Canales, 2017-2018 ALSC Spectrum Scholar What is your current title and what drew you to work in Children’s Services? From 2006 through 2015, I worked at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) as a Teen Services Liaison and as an Academic Unit Assistant for the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College (SAC). I left SAPL in 2015 to pursue my graduate degree but I continued at SAC Early Childhood Studies. The desire to work in Children’s Services have been part of my landscape since college. In college I was a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school and, as an Independent Study, I created a Children’s Advocacy student group. After college, I worked as a Children’s Advocate at a domestic violence shelter. More recently, after much soul searching, I believe that advocating for multicultural, anti-bias children’s literature starts at Emergent Literacy. How…

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Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

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The 2018 Children & Libraries (CAL) digital supplement, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, is now available. Published in addition to the four quarterly issues of CAL, the supplement allows for the Arbuthnot lecture to be released in a more timely fashion following the live event. Readers no longer have to wait for the fall or winter issue to read the annual lecture. The 2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Refreshments Will Be Served: Our Lives of Reading & Writing,” was delivered by Nye on April 28 at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, Washington. And in case you missed it… The 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Debbie Reese at the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Learn more about Dr. Debbie Reese on the ALSC website.