Dear ALSC Members and Friends, I am writing to you today on behalf of the ALSC Board of Directors. Along with the ALA Executive Board, the ALSC Board endorses BCALA’s statement condemning increased violence and racism towards Black Americans and people of color and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, BCALA, and those working for racial justice and dismantling racial capitalism and white supremacy in all of its forms.
Winning During COVID So, winning a major award at just about any other time would come with a different set of emotions. Winning during COVID is like holding our breath all over again. The news, alerts and aid during COVID of course takes complete precedence. But, you know, we geeks really can’t wait to celebrate with everyone!
I just got in from ALA Play, An Evening of Gaming, Maker, & STEM, sponsored by the Games and Gaming Round Table at #ALAac19. Attendees got to watch demonstrations of and PARTICIPATE in different board games and card games. There were games for young children as well as for adults. We also got to paint our own Warhammer miniature. (This was very relaxing and a good way to meet and interact with other librarians from around the country!) There were also ten or more raffle prizes given out at the end of the evening. It was great learning about the new games that are available. I was excited to see that a lot of the games for younger children incorporate STEM and problem-solving while making it fun–what kid wouldn’t love solving crimes committed by cats or designing their own working mini-rollercoaster?! I got some great ideas for game nights(/afternoons!) at…
When the announcement that Hillary Clinton would be speaking during the closing session of ALA Annual 2017 librarians across the world exploded on social media and elsewhere, changing their flights and ensuring a packed house for the final session. And deliver she did with a thought provoking and inspiring speech on the importance of libraries.
On my first day of #alaac2017 I had the privilege of touring the Thomas Hughes Children’s Center at the Harold Washington Center. It recently had a soft opening and I fell in love at first site. (Cheesy, but true).
As I woke up at 7:20 am on a Saturday, and walked to my 8 am meeting… I thought a lot of things… why did I go to sleep so late last night? Why do librarians wake up so early? Is there such a thing as a night time librarian? Etc.
ALA Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now? Way back in June of 2007, I had the honor of representing TWU’s School of Library and Information Science at ALA Annual in Washington, DC. I was a member of ALA’s Student-to-Staff (S2S) Program, with assignment to the ALSC Division. If you’ve never heard of the S2S program, you can read about it here. There are 56 active ALA Student Chapter Groups at accredited graduate schools. Each is entitled to submit one name for consideration for the program. Schools have varying criteria. My school chose the student – me 🙂 based on an essay contest. Others have different criteria, but the end result is that 40 promising students receive a free trip to ALA Annual in exchange for working with ALA staff during the week. I was able to choose with whom I wanted to work. An aspiring children’s librarian, naturally, I chose ALSC. It was my first connection with…
Lindsey Leavitt, Scott Westerfeld, and Neal Shusterman talk about writing for teens and how technology plays a part in YA fiction. Moderator Jack Bauer asks the panel why they write for teens. “Writing for this age group gives teens perspective on the way they see themselves and the world.” Neal Shusterman