Committees

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. 

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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. 

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The Self-Care I Needed to Survive the Pandemic

As I reflect on this past year, one thing that kept me motivated was the routine of meeting with my ALSC committee members. Though we were working on shared interests and committee charges, the act of being a part of a team gave me the self care I needed to survive the pandemic.  Each of us takes care of ourselves in unique ways. There are some days when we just need to survive and do nothing. There are other days when we want to take action and unleash our sense of ambition. I have my share of both of these mental capacities but overall, I know that I thrive knowing that I am a part of something bigger and that I can make a real impact with my work. Working on committees kept me balanced between personal self-care and connecting to the value of Children’s Services. Seeing how our colleagues…

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Get Involved in ALSC

So you’ve joined ALSC, what next? This post is for anyone looking to get involved in ALSC. There are several current and upcoming opportunities for ALSC members that I want to share with you today. Tune in to a Committee Meeting While many of the selection committees have closed meetings, did you know that all ALSC process committee meetings are open to ALSC members? Serving on a process committee is a fun way to get involved in ALSC while contributing meaningful work and getting to know fellow library workers all over the country. You can find agendas and schedules for upcoming meetings on the ALSC Community space on ALA Connect.  Sitting in on a committee meeting is a great way to find out more about the work that our organization is doing and to “try on” committees to see where you might want to get involved in ALSC. It’s also…

Committees

Notes from a Novice Budget Member

In July, I began my first year as a member of ALSC’s Budget Committee. “I’ll see the inner workings of the organization!” I thought. “I’m excited to learn more about how the division operates!” I manage budgets in my job as a children’s librarian–covering programming and materials collection for the children’s room–but those spreadsheets have fewer columns and definitely fewer zeroes than ALSC’s $3 million budget. I read the introductory documents and started getting myself acquainted with ALSC’s revenue streams and costs. (There are many. Let’s discuss the price of conference AV services another time.) I began to learn about how the division’s budget intersects with the finances of the larger ALA organization. I had opportunities to sit in on meetings and ask questions, but as a new member to the committee, I haven’t always known even what questions to pose. Sitting in the room for my first official Budget…

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Nuts and Bolts: How to Join a Process Committee

Newbery. Caldecott. Coretta Scott King. The Siebert. Notables. Many of us dream of serving on an Award or Notable committee during our service to ALSC. But if promoting yourself and being on a ballot has you reaching for a paper bag, relax, there are other options. Have you ever considered volunteering for a process committee? It’s as easy as 1-2-3! What Does a Process Committees Do? ALSC breaks committees into 7 priority groups (PG), but we’re going to focus on the 5 Process Committees. Step 1: Pick themes that sound like a good match for your interests. Child Advocacy (PG 1) Professional Awards and Scholarships (PG 3) Organizational Support (PG 4) Partnerships (PG 6) Professional Development (PG 7) Step 2: Take a closer look at the committees in each priority group. For example, the amazing Public Awareness Committee falls under PG 1. Then look at their ALA Connect Page. The…