Blogger Dan Bostrom

2015 ALSC Mentoring Program Interview

January is National Mentoring Month! Today, we’re once again excited to welcome two participants in the ALSC Mentoring Program to the blog. Erin Rogers and Robin Sofge interviewed each other as part of the program and agreed to share their interivew on the blog. Thanks Erin and Robin! 1. What have you been doing and how long have you been doing it? Erin: I am the children’s librarian at the Gayton Branch of the Henrico County Public Library and have been for the last seven years. I have a passion for play, technology, and alternative picture book organization! Robin: In December I was thrilled to be hired as a full-time Youth Services Librarian I at the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas, Virginia. For over two years previously, I was a part-time Youth Services Librarian I at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia. Some of my claim to fame at…

Awards & Scholarships

Deadline for Bechtel, Hayes, & Baker & Taylor is Nov. 1

ALSC is reminding members to apply for professional awards this fall. Applications are open and several deadlines are approaching. Below is list of ALSC professional awards which are available for submission or nomination.  Please consider applying or nominating a colleague: Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship Deadline: Extended to Saturday, November 1, 2014 This fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend to allow a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award Deadline: Saturday, November 1, 2014 This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators. ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant Deadline: Saturday, November 1, 2014 This $3,000 grant provides financial assistance to a public library for developing an outstanding summer reading program for children.

Guest Blogger

So…what’s it like to intern at ALSC?

Whenever I talk to my fellow library science graduate students at Dominican University about my internship at ALSC, they always ask–what do I do? What is my daily life like? What am I learning? I thought maybe other student ALSC members or librarians who have assistants or interns might wonder the same thing. The fact is, I do a ton of different stuff! ALSC does amazing things, from their blog to online professional development to Every Child Ready to Read to the ALSC Youth and Media awards and more– and there are only 7 staff members (AKA ALSC superheroes)! I’m a list person, so I’m going to break down my work into a few general categories: I… 1.) Manage award submissions. This category includes one of my favorite things– opening packages of new books! As I process the books and media, I learn what the industry is publishing, the diversity…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

2014 ALSC Election Slate

The ALSC slate for the 2014 spring election is online now at More information about the elections will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available. The slate also will appear in the December issue of ALSC Matters! An organizational note: The slate will not appear in the Winter issue of Children and Libraries, as in the past. By recent Board action, the journal is being reorganized to publish quarterly, resulting in a shift in content to timely, substantive research and programmatic articles.

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Go on the Road with ALSC!

You could be the connection between ALSC and new members! New this year, ALSC will be providing limited funding to members who are interested in staffing booths, presenting programs or coordinating social events at state or local conferences. ALSC is looking for individuals who would like to attend a conference between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. The ALSC Roadshow program is open to ALSC members who are interested in attending a state or local conference can apply for funds by pledging to present a program related to membership with ALSC, host an ALSC social event such as happy hour event for prospective members, or coordinate with other ALSC members to staff a booth. Members who submit a request for funds must be responsible for working with ALSC and the state association to promote ALSC presence. Other responsibilities include arranging signage, distributing materials, and answering prospective member questions. “The…

Blogger Starr LaTronica

Looking Forward

Summer has always been my favorite time of year.  I begin looking forward to it at the first snowfall and I savor every moment once it finally arrives.  Fortunately, the days are longer to fit in the full flurry of fun–including extra time for reading.  Unfortunately, all that activity makes the days fly by, and here we are, already in August! For me, summer means ALA Annual Conference–a time to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.  This year’s experience in Chicago was especially rewarding and inspiring.  In addition to the wonderful array of ALSC programs and events, including ALSC 101 and the celebration of 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, I was gratified by the consistent level of commitment my fellow members exhibited through their willingness to serve ALSC via committee work.  At every turn, there were volunteers eager to offer their time and expertise to advance ALSC’s…

ALA Annual 2013

Take Part in the 2013 ALSC Membership Meeting #alscmm13

Last year the ALSC Membership Meeting format was changed to a new one that offered more opportunity for member engagement. We received many positive comments about the changes and will be following a similar format this year, but we are asking for your help to make our meeting even better. This year’s 2013 ALSC Membership Meeting takes place on Monday, July 1 @ 10:30-11:30 am. Agenda The ALSC membership meeting will follow the following agenda: Part One: A quick review of ALSC initiatives, as well as announcements by ALSC President Carolyn Brodie and an opportunity to welcome and network with new members and other participants. Part Two: Recognition of ALSC professional award winners including the 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner, Cynthia Richey. Part Three: Discussion items as suggested by ALSC Membership. The discussion will be led by ALSC Board Members, Rita Auerbach and Ernie Cox. Topics for discussion last year…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

ALSC seeks member content editor for new advocacy website

ALSC seeks a member content editor for its upcoming Advocacy website and accompanying newsletter. The mission of the new site is to educate youth services librarians on the importance of advocacy and to provide them with tools to assist in articulating their own value within the library profession and community. Applications for this position are due February 1, 2013. The member content editor, with assistance from ALSC committees and other contributors, prepares and solicits material for the new advocacy site and newsletter. Full details, including duties, qualifications and compensation are available online at the ALSC website. ALSC membership is required for the position. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume that includes management, writing and web publishing experiences, and two writing samples. Familiarity with web publishing and web content management is required. Applications are due February 1 to Questions may be directed to Laura Schulte-Cooper.