ALA Annual Conference 2021

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award recognizes the most distinguished digital media created for an early learning audience by a producer based in the United States. This award considers all forms of digital media, defined as “any interactive media content or product that is available via electronic device across one or more platforms,” for “children ages 2-8 along with their caregivers, professionals, and media mentors serving them.” (Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee Manual, 2018, p. 5).

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2022 Notable Children’s Recordings – Round 1 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee works to select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings of interest to children. This year the 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee will be meeting virtually on: Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Monday, Jun 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM (Central Time) Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Click to register to attend and observe the discussions at any of these 3 open meetings. Here is the complete 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Round 1 discussion list: Books: At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Read by Kimberly Guerrero. Listening Library. DD. C is for Country. By Lil Nas X. Ready by Lil Nas X. Listening Library. DD The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latha. Read by Irene Latham and Ramsey Faragallah. Listening Library. DD. City of…

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Listen Up: Let’s Talk About Kids Podcasts

Have you been discovering and listening to kids podcasts more and more this past year? If so, you are not alone! Kids podcasts experienced record-level listening in 2020 and librarians across the country are helping families discover this content. So, if you love listening to kids podcasts, we invite you to come to the table to discuss all aspects of this rising form and its impact on media mentorship and services to children.   Kidcasts in 2020: A Milestone Year Kidcasts, also known as podcasts for kids, have grown to where 1 in 4 kids, ages 6 to 17 now listen to podcasts (Ipsos) and weekly Kids & Family podcast listening increased by 24% in 2020 (Podtrac). As podcast listenership rises, librarians have taken note of content that’s available, especially what is free and accessible. For example, ALSC’s Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media 2020 Committee selected Imagine Neighborhood, a podcast…

ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List – January 2021

The Notable Children’s Recordings committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the ALA Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without in-person Midwinter Meetings, this committee is hosting their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in.   The Notable Children’s Recordings committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the ALA Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without in-person Midwinter Meetings, this committee is hosting their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in.  

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#LookToLibraries: How ALSC Continue to Help Us Navigate in the New Year

The Membership Committee does a lot of interesting work for ALSC in the background – we make sure that we are recruiting new members through diverse channels, that we are supporting existing members with meaningful engagement opportunities like Virtual ALSC 101 or helping members volunteer for the committees that best align with their interests, and that we are retaining members even through times of hardship and uncertainty, by supporting initiatives like the Relief Renewals for BIPOC Members (funded by Friends of ALSC). To meet our goal of supporting members in their meaningful engagement, what I would like to do today is to highlight some other important work being done by member-volunteers of ALSC. Maybe this will inspire you, our reader, to make Getting Involved with ALSC one of your New Year’s Resolutions!