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…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

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…

Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

“E” is for Engagement: How can YOU be engaged in ALSC?

In the past, I’ve mentioned some of the great work that ALSC committees and taskforces are doing – from choosing the next award-winning media to creating toolkits and webinars that help library workers better serve all children to sharing advocacy resources and tips that can help librarians advocate for funding. The work of all our process and media and professional award committees (supported by our amazing ALSC staff) keeps our association moving strategically forward. Activities can be conducted virtually, in-person, or both depending on the specific committee, taskforce, or working group. By participating in association work, ALSC members engage in activities that strengthen both the soft and hard skills that they use daily in their multifaceted jobs as educators, social activists, book enthusiasts, media mentors, literacy experts, outreach specialists, diversity advocates, and/or library staff serving children (which includes the aforementioned “hats” and more!). Engagement in ALSC benefits not only our…

Administrative and Management Skills

Keeping ALSC Committees Strong

You Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter poster

As one of the Priority Group Consultants (PGC) for ALSC committees, I often focus on how we can keep our ALSC committees strong, fresh, and moving forward.  That’s the essential job of each of ALSC’s seven PGCs.  We work closely with committee chairs/co-chairs (between 3-20 ALSC committees/task forces each) to support, advise, help navigate, problem solve, keep abreast of their ongoing work and keep lines of communication open between them and ALSC leadership. Whew.

Blogger Emily Mroczek-Bayci

Behind the Scenes Newbery Committee

I had the privilege serving on the 2019 Newbery Committee where we selected Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina as the medalist and The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani and The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock as our Honor Books. I had a lot of thoughts about what I could put in this blog post: how the Newbery impacted me (it did), what I learned during my experience (a lot), what surprised me the most (the magnitude of books and the secrecy). I decided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received about my experience. Now that it’s over, can you talk about it? What books were you down to? All of the books that were suggested, nominated or discussed were and remain confidential among committee members. Conversations in the committee room will go with me to the grave! This will really test my…

ALA Midwinter 2019

Committee Time! #alamw19

Sunday morning at Midwinter is time for the ALSC All Committee Meeting. This is when many of the wonderful “process” committees get together. Process committees are non-award committees, and include groups such as School-Age Programs & Services, Building Partnerships, and my committee, Membership. This morning at the Membership Committee meeting, we discussed our plans for Annual which include hosting the ALSC 101 session and the ALSC booth in the exhibit hall. We recapped the member dinner that we arranged in Seattle this past Friday night at Midwinter. We also had a rich conversation around how to engage and connect with not only new members, but members who have been in the association for a few years. We want ALSC to be a welcoming and inclusive organization for all, and hope to foster a sense of community among members. We’d love to hear from you! How long have you been an…