Blogger Mary R. Voors

#alsc20 Children’s Librarianship in Communities Experiencing Trauma

Traumatic events can occur at any time in any community, and libraries work to step up. This year, with the pandemic and other major issues facing our country, our communities have been impacted even more.  In this session, presenters Beth Patin, Anita Montoya, and Oralia Garza de Cortes spoke to their experiences serving their communities through a variety of traumatic events and how traumas in their communities have impacted how they serve their customers.

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Get Ready for Live Blogging at #ALSC20

The 2020 ALSC Virtual Institute – #alsc20 – begins tomorrow and continues through Saturday with a great list of programs. Are you #alscleftbehind and unable to attend? Are you wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog beginning tomorrow morning for a variety of posts from live blogging participants. You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #alsc20.

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Help! We Are Looking for Live Bloggers to Report on the 2020 ALSC Virtual Institute

ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute

The ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute, one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology, is taking place in just a few weeks on October 2nd and 3rd. This year’s schedule includes six general sessions of authors, illustrators, and thought leadership in children’s literacy and development; a robust slate of education programs; and other virtual networking opportunities. The ALSC Blog would love your help! We are looking for Virtual Institute attendees to volunteer as live bloggers; these live bloggers are invited to write about what they are learning and experiencing as they attend sessions so those who are #leftbehind can share your excitement and enthusiasm.

ALA Virtual Conference 2020

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List, Summer 2020

Be a part of history! Join the Notable Children’s Books meetings from the comfort and privacy of your home or office. The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is taking their public discussions to you! This committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without an in-person Annual Conference, the committee will host their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in. Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on their discussion lists as they search for materials that meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about some children’s books that have been published in the first half of 2020; it is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process. Two meetings to be held on Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday July 2 at 1:00 pm Central…

ALA Virtual Conference 2020

Don’t Miss the Exhibits at #alavirtual2020

I have enjoyed and learned from  many of the sessions I’ve attended at the ALA Conference. Some of the sessions which come immediately to mind are: the initial keynote address by Misty Copeland which was such an intimate and thoughtful conversation between the first African American female principal “dancer” in the American Ballet Theatre’s long history and the incoming chair of the the video visit with featured speaker Matthew Cordell as he spoke so lovingly about Mister Rogers, the subject of his newest picture book biography the timely panel discussion titled Are the Kids Okay? How Librarians Can Help Kids Navigate Socioemotional Stress or — as Kelly Jensen, the moderator, so eloquently stated — “All the different ways that a story can impact somebody, particularly when it comes to their mental health.” the session I found so VERY informative titled “Trouble in Paradise: Are You Violating Copyright by Using Social…