Awards & Scholarships

The Distinguished Service Award: the Ongoing Legacy of Children’s Services in America

Recently I have been going through files that describe the work of Alice M. Jordan (1870-1960) the pioneering children’s librarian in the Boston Public Library.  Among Miss Jordan’s accomplishments were the following: establishing children’s services in the BPL, creating the New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians, an early and still active professional organization, mentoring Bertha Mahony Miller (1882-1969), who founded the Horn Book Magazine and teaching at Simmons College. Her contemporaries were two other pioneers Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961) at the New York Public Library and Caroline Hewins (1846-1926) at the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Escape the Ordinary: Hosting an Escape Room at Your Library

Escape rooms: they’re all the rage. You know you want to host one. Go on, do it. It’s not that hard. It’s time consuming, but will be one of the most fun and rewarding things you do in your library career. Luckily, I work with amazingly creative and hard-working people, so that made it a breeze.

Guest Blogger

A Screen-Free Library

We’ve got an obsession. Tablets to check-out and take home. Touchscreens. Toys that imitate cellphones. Early literacy stations. App collection development. TV-streaming services that bite more out of our budgets every year. You want to teach kids coding? You need $350.00 for a Lego Mindstorm and an iPad to download a free app. If you can’t afford that, no problem. Just buy and maintain 14 laptops.

Collection Development

Connecting Collections with Front Line Staff

A selection of books on the new book shelf at Westerville Public Library

In June, the ALSC Collection Management Discussion Group met for a lively discussion in a basement conference room at ALA Annual 2019. We discussed everything from evaluating dyslexia-friendly fonts to conducting diversity audits, but one topic captured a lot of conversation time: how collection development specialists communicate with front line library staff.