Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Spotlight on ALSC Committees & Children and Libraries!

ALSC’s members are the association’s lifeblood and driving force! Through the hard work of our committees, task forces, and other working groups, ALSC is able to offer valuable resources like toolkits, reading lists, webinars, and more. Committee contributions also are apparent right here on the ALSC Blog, as evidenced by the many informational posts they share. Have you checked out these recent contributions? These are just a few examples of the beneficial inspiration, assets, and insights ALSC members bring to Blog readers and the field at large. Committees & Children and Libraries And, did you know that ALSC committees are also active in Children and Libraries (CAL), ALSC’s quarterly journal, sharing their know-how and indispensable information there as well? Regular committee columns in CAL cover many different topics. Here are just a few examples from past issues. Sharing Your Talents Are you ready to take on a new challenge? Share…

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Join us on April 19th for ALSC 101

While many are familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott committees, did you know that the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has over 60 additional opportunities to participate in committee work, task forces, and discussion groups? From creating best of the best book lists to helping coordinate ALSC’s annual budget, there is an ALSC Committee for everyone. Join us on Friday, April 19th, at 2:00 PM EST for ALSC 101 and an exploration of ALSC Committee work. 

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The Digital Tools of an ALSC Virtual Committee

Hello! Manuela Aronofsky and Tina Bartholoma here. We’re the current co-chairs of the ALSC Children and Technology Committee. The ALSC C&T Committee is a virtual committee, so to stay connected and collaborate with members across time zones, we have adopted a handful of favorite digital tools. Today we will share what they are and how we use them for our committee work.

Blogger Lucia Gonzalez

Anticipating Great Things to Come in 2022!

The first few weeks of the New Year are re-energizing and refreshing.  Like the first page of a new book, New Year’s Day feels crisp and pristine, and is filled with the anticipation of great things to come.  As ALSC President, it is my hope that this year brings with it positive change and advancement in the work of transforming ALSC, transforming Children’s Librarianship, and transforming communities through libraries.  Change comes only through active participation, and at ALSC it specially comes in the form of greater opportunities to serve on Process and/or Awards Committees.  Active committee participants become the driving voice of change within ALSC.  ALSC is a volunteer-powered organization.  Our strength and our organizational effectiveness is dependent on member engagement.  Together, we are able to consolidate expertise and share resources.  For many ALSC members, committee participation has historically been prohibitive due to lack of financial backing from their institutions. …

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The season of thanks and giving is upon us! In this second year of the pandemic, gratitude is grander, more profound, and even sweeter. In the Public Awareness and Advocacy committee, we are particularly grateful for ALSC and all children’s services workers.  ALSC staff and volunteers have kept up the great work in the midst of shutdowns, furloughs, and staff shortages. It is because of them we are able to join together (usually virtually) and continue to do the work of supporting our libraries and communities. They have continued meeting regularly, posting to the blog, and doing good work on behalf of children’s service workers everywhere.  Children’s services workers have provided virtual and outdoor programs, take home crafts, and online reference without skipping a beat. Their hard work on behalf of their community has kept children and families engaged.  This holiday season, the ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy committee is…


ALSC Budget Committee: Follow the Money

ALSC is a busy organization, juggling a huge array of activities from hosting multi-day educational conferences to generating booklists that help caregivers explain complex current events to children. All those projects cost money. Have you ever wondered where ALSC gets its funding? And how the money from your dues gets spent? The Budget Committee wants to answer your questions! Check out our new infographic designed to give ALSC members an overview of where our money comes from and where it goes. If you have other budget-related questions, fire away in the comments or drop in to one of our meetings to learn more about ALSC’s finances. Nancy Funes is a Children’s Librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library System, serving the west side communities of Salt Lake City, UT. Nancy is a current member of the ALSC Budget committee and the ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee. She received her…

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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.