ALA Virtual Conference 2020

ALSC 101 (Virtual!) Recap

Every June, ALSC members gather on the Saturday night of ALA Annual to get to know one another, play games, win some prizes, and learn more about the Association. It is also an opportunity for prospective members to see what ALSC is about and to learn how to get involved. When the conference went virtual this year, ALSC 101 went virtual as well. Held on August 1st, Virtual ALSC 101 welcomed a panel of new and seasoned members, a trivia game, and breakout sessions. 

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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…

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The ALA Book Award Celebration #TheBookAwardCelebration

Today was supposed to be the Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet — the big celebration of children’s books at the ALA Annual Conference which honors some of the best of the best in children’s books which were published last year. As we all know, due to the pandemic, the “in person” conference was cancelled this year, and with it, the “in person” Banquet. But never fear! ALA has come up with an astounding day celebrating even more books for youth in an all day celebration! It’s The ALA Book Award Celebration! And that day is TODAY! Read on for for more information from the official ALA anouncement which gives all the details: The American Library Association (ALA) is offering an exciting new free all-day virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award,…

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#alavirtual20 is NOT over!

I’m going to be honest – working full-time (from home), with a five year old has not allowed for a typical conference experience. At this point (and conference is “officially” over), I have been able to view three sessions. They were excellent, but THREE! In case you are wondering – you should check out the Opening Session featuring Misty Copeland, Matthew Cordell, and Healing Reading Trauma: Rebuilding a Love of Reading Through Libraries for Liberation – they are all fantastic. This weekend, I look forward to catching up. I am so thankful that sessions have been recorded. Usually, I scroll through Twitter and feel “session envy.” Now, I can go back and attend whatever session I want. And, OF COURSE, I am thrilled for the day long event on Sunday, available at ALA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/AmLibraryAssociation. Do I wish I were dressing up and attending the banquet live? YES!…

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#alavirtual20 National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo)

The National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo) presented several dynamic programs during #alavirtual20. NALCo members also co-presented and served as panelists for other programs throughout the duration of the Virtual Event. Programs included but were not limited to: AILA President’s Program: Honouring and Respecting Relationship: Rethinking Library Praxis  Behind the Wires: American Concentration Camps Then and Now (APALA LIVE) E. J. Josey’s 1964 Charge: ‘Keep on Pushing’ (BCALA LIVE) Treasure Hunters at Libraries? Why Not!! (CALA LIVE) Juntos: Latinx Family Engagement at Your Library ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr , recently released a statement: ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association. As libraries work to become more intentional about improving internal and external relationships, reexamine outreach efforts, and reevaluate services provided to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, they can look to the work of NALCo for examples of best practices, positive…

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Closing Session with Natalie Portman at #ALAVirtual20

The Closing Session of ALA Virtual Conference 2020 featured Natalie Portman, who has a new picture book coming out called Natalie Portman’s Fables, being interviewed by librarian Betsy Bird. [Betsy made a funny slip when she was listing Natalie’s credentials and called her an “Archivist” when she meant to say “Activist.” Only a librarian! Natalie said that would be cool!] The main idea of the book, which includes three stories, is to rewrite beloved stories with more female characters. She noticed when she had a daughter after having a son that people had given her boy baby “classics” that all seemed to feature male characters. Then they gave her girl baby books with feminist slants — but does a toddler really need to be told she’ll encounter obstacles? She would change the pronouns in the stories she reads to have more female characters — and decided to write a book…

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Stories Beyond U.S. Borders at #ALAVirtual20

Today I caught an On-demand virtual program and watched Stories from Beyond U.S. Borders: The Young Reader’s Window to the World. The four panelists were children’s and YA authors who all live in Southeast Asia. The speakers were:Hanna Alkaf, author of The Weight of Our Sky and the upcoming The Girl and the Ghost, who lives in MalaysiaRin Chupeco, author of several book including the recent Wicked As You Wish, who lives in the PhilippinesGail Villanueva, author of My Fate According to the Butterfly and the upcoming A Potful of Magic, who also lives in the PhilippinesRemy Lai, author of Pie in the Sky and the upcoming Fly on the Wall, who was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and now lives in Australia. Hanna Alkaf was the moderator, and she first asked about identity. She is Malay and Muslim, which puts her in the majority in Malaysia and…