Vote in the ALSC Blog Header Design Contest!

Vote for your favorite ALSC Blog header design! Help ALSC replace its current blog header (see left)! Three members are finalists in our ALSC Blog Header Design Contest and they’re looking for your votes! To see all of the entries and to vote, please visit ALSC is looking for an idea that captures the creativity, the uniqueness, and the appropriateness of ALSC members. Each entry is listed with a description. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to vote! Anyone can vote in the final round. The member with the top vote-getting submission will win an ALSC online course and the opportunity to see their design as the new header to the ALSC Blog! The two runners-up will win ALSC webinars. Hurry! Voting ends Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11:59pm Central!

2013 Mid-year ALSC Blog Report

The end of summer always makes me want to take a look backward and a look forward. The new school year is starting and children’s librarians are preparing for a totally changed traffic flow with a different range of programming and book requests. But as we look to the future, we also want to look back at what we have accomplished, the number of kids signed up for summer reading, the types of summer programs which were most successful, and which genres of books were most requested. It is in this spirit that I offer our biannual ALSC Blog report for January through July of this year. We have had a busy year! Since January, the statistics show dramatic increases in visits to the ALSC Blog when compared to the same time period in 2012: Unique Visitors 29.75% increase 86,068 vs 66,333 Pageviews 37.04% increase 190,754 vs 139,196 Special thanks…

Design a New Header for the ALSC Blog!

Want to win an ALSC online course or webinar? You could win some great professional development by simply submitting your design! The ALSC Blog is looking to members to design a new header to replace the current one (left). Put your design skills to work and submit your work of art by Friday, March 1, 2013. After Friday, March 1, submissions will be voted on by the general public. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getter, as well as two runners up. This contest is open to ALSC personal members only. Interested? Learn more about the ALSC Blog Header Design Contest including how to specs and how to submit. For questions, please contact ALSC Marketing Specialist, Dan Rude.

And the winner is…

The ALSC Blog is proud to announce the winner in the ALSC Blog Header Design Contest. Allison Tran, Teen Services Librarian at the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Library is the winner with her “Professional and Playfulness” design. Tran’s design received 94 votes on the ALSC Blog poll. Tran is the winner of a certificate for an ALSC online course. Her design is now featured as the new header on the ALSC Blog. Brian Hare (“Sharing and Collaborating”), Youth Services Manager, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) Public Library and Joella Peterson (“Sky’s the Limit”), Youth Services Librarian at the South Jordan (Utah) Library were the two runners-up. Both will receive certificates for ALSC webinars. The ALSC Blog hosted this contest to display the creativity and skill of ALSC members. With 248 voters, ALSC thanks all the participants and everyone who voted.

You Still Can’t Beat Free!

You Can’t Beat Free I can’t remember the first time I said “you can’t beat free” as a librarian — I think it was 2003. 17 years later, it’s still true. And public librarians – gosh – we can squeeze a nickle sideways, am I right? Well, if you’re done squeezing blood from a nickle, try FREE on for size! The Secret of My Success The secret of my success has been my ability to not just grant write, brainstorm and work with some amazing teams. More often than not, it’s my ability to locate free stuff. Lots of times, the free stuff snowballs into something mega, or just plain comes in handy. Many of my colleagues wonder how I’ve done it. It’s not that I fall backwards into free things for libraries. Oh contraire. Sorry, it’s a lot of work. Step One? “Oh, good!”, I hear you say. It’s…