Blogger Children and Technology Committee

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.  

Blogger ALSC Membership Committee

#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!

Evaluation of Media

Call for Suggestions – Newbery Committee

The 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee is asking the ALSC membership to submit titles for consideration. “The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. . . . Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen.” The committee considers all genres and formats (e.g., picturebooks and graphic novels). Please email titles for consideration to Jonda C. McNair (mcnair.7@osu.edu) and copy Gretchen Schulz (assistantnewbery@gmail.com), the committee’s administrative assistant. Hurry – suggestions close on October 15, 2020! Today’s guest blogger is Jonda C. McNair, 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee Chair . This blog relates to ALSC Core Competency: Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.