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.