Guest Post Guidelines

Revised September 2021 by the ALSC Board of Directors

The ALSC Blog welcomes guest posts with the purpose of offering enlightening information on issues related to children’s librarianship. Guest posts must align with the mission of the ALSC Blog. Before submitting a piece, contributors must be aware of the guidelines below:


  • Guest bloggers need not be ALSC members, but the post must be of interest to children’s librarians, be related to children’s librarianship, and align with the mission of the blog. ALSC Committees who are not already Regular Blogging Committees may contribute a guest post.
  • Great care should be taken so that guest posts are not interpreted as advertisements for any specific products, services or websites.
  • Guest bloggers must be aware of the ALSC Blog Policy, ALSC core values, ALSC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement, the ALA Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics.
  • The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) are 501(c)(3) organizations and as such are completely prohibited from engaging, directly or indirectly, in any political campaign for or against a candidate for local, state or federal office. The penalty for violation of these prohibitions is revocation of tax-exempt status. Any post that violates this will automatically be removed.
  • It is the responsibility of the guest blogger to ensure proper grammar, spelling, etc. Posts are normally between 300 and 700 words.
  • Guest posts are encouraged to include images (please consult the ALSC Blog Photo Guidelines), links to relevant information produced and published elsewhere, and topical questions related to children’s librarianship meant to provoke discussion in their posts
  • The blog manager and/or the staff liaison have the right to not post or remove any post by a guest blogger which compromises the integrity of ALA/ALSC (please note the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the ALA Code of Ethics) or sacrifices the objectivity of the division in regard to its book and media awards.
  • Guest bloggers must plan to submit their posts at least three weeks in advance of their posting date to be reviewed by the blog manager and/or staff liaison.
  • Guest bloggers should be aware that their posts do not represent the official position of ALSC.
  • Guest bloggers are encouraged to supply contact information (1 or 2 sentences) in a brief biographical piece at the end of their post; all bios must include the following sentence: “Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.”

No individual is guaranteed a blog post slot; individuals seeking to guest blog will be evaluated and accepted by the blog manager and/or the staff liaison based on timeliness and relevancy, value offered to members, alignment with the ALSC Blog mission, ALSC’s core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Guidelines for guest authors, illustrators, editors, and translators:

  • Guest authors and illustrators writing guest posts for the ALSC Blog are encouraged to give a view of their lives as artists such as their creative processes, inspirations and unique insights rather than book jacket style texts or reviews of their own work.
  • Guest authors and illustrators must submit their posts at least three weeks in advance of their posting date in order to be reviewed by the blog manager and staff liaison


  • Samples of posts written by guest bloggers may be found here

How to submit a guest post:

If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please read and fill out our Guest Blogging Interest Form.


  1. Dorothy Stoltz

    Check out this upcoming November 5th ALSC webinar: Using the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® Toolkit with Spanish-Speaking Communities

    Who Should Attend

    English-speaking library staff who are interested in reaching Spanish-speaking communities with early literacy information
    Librarians who have little experience with Spanish-speaking families and who do not speak Spanish — that is, they will be using an interpreter.
    Librarians who have experience using the English ECRR with Spanish-speaking families, but want to tips and guidance on using the new module.

    Join us for an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Toolkit for Spanish-speaking Communities.

    This kit was developed by ALSC and PLA to assist and empower public library staff to serve Spanish-speaking families providing an effective manual that contains instructions in English for the presenter and Spanish translation of the slides, handouts and booklist. The Toolkit includes powerpoint presentations that will allow library staff, even those who do not speak Spanish, to present the workshops. We offer tips on reaching families as well as on ways to interact with Spanish-speaking families during your Todos los niños listos para leer en tu biblioteca workshops.

    Learning Outcomes

    Gain knowledge of ways to reach out to Spanish-speaking families in order to present ECRR2 workshops.
    Gain knowledge of ways to interact with diverse Spanish-speaking communities.
    Gain knowledge of the contents of ECRR2 en español kit to successfully present the workshops.

    Course Level & Prerequisites

    No prerequisites required.

    Saroj Ghoting is a national trainer on early literacy for library staff. She has been presenting workshops at national, state, and regional conferences for 8 years. She is co-author of books on early literacy published by the American Library Association and has 30 years’ experience as children’s librarian in public libraries serving customers, especially children, parents, and other adults who work with children. She is also a consultant to American Library Association on Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® initiative and is instrumental in implementing the initiative as pilot site for Montgomery County (MD) Public Libraries.

    Freda Mosquera is a professional librarian, published author, translator and public speaker. Ms. Mosquera earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Social Sciences, from Universidad Libre (Bogotá, Colombia.) Ms. Mosquera is an active member of national and state library associations such as the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish-Speakers, and the Florida Library Association (FLA.) Ms. Mosquera has worked for almost ten years as a public librarian for the Broward County Library System and as an independent library consultant for the American Library Association (ALA,) the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Mosquera contributed to School Library Journal as the National Editor of Reviews of Spanish Materials. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Mosquera was a member of the 2010 Pura Belpré Award National Committee, responsible for selecting the best Latino books published in the United States. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Mosquera was the national newsletter editor of the Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos and Spanish Speakers, REFORMA. Ms. Mosquera has been a presenter and speaker at several national conferences, including: The Second National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, 2012; the REFORMA National Conference IV, held in Denver in September 2011 and the REFORMA National Conference III, held in El Paso in September 2009. Ms. Mosquera joined the UAC School of Global Management Library, in Miami, Florida, as the Library Director in January 2014.

    Date(s) & Time(s)

    This webinar is 60 minutes long; the information below indicates the start time. Please plan on signing into the virtual classroom 10 – 15 minutes early. The same webinar will be held two different times:

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014: 11 am Central/12 pm Eastern
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014: 3 pm Central/4 pm Eastern


    Webinar is limited to 95 students.
    ALSC Personal Members and Students: $45
    Non-Members: $55
    Groups*: $195

    *Groups are defined as any number of people watching the webinar together. Each group registration will only receive one user login; one person in the group must register and login during the event. Groups are encouraged to project the webinar for participants watching from the same location.

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  3. ethan jacksn

    Do you accept Content Contribution?

    How are you today?

    I am reaching out to check if you are accepting content on your blog from guest contributors.

    If you do publish content from guest authors. I would love an opportunity to be one of them and continue our streak of publications to relevant sites in the industry.

    I am writing a well-researched, data-driven, and in-depth blog post which might be a great addition to your blog.

    Do you mind if I send you the draft so you can see if it’s a good fit for your blog?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards.

    1. Mary Voors

      If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please read and fill out our Guest Blogging Interest Form. Thanks!

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