ALA Annual Conference 2023

Getting Work Done with the ALSC Board at #alaac23

Every year at annual conference, the full ALSC Board meets in person to conduct a variety of business. These are open meetings that any member may attend, unless the Board moves into executive session. Today’s meeting was full of discussion and decision items. Curious about what we talked about? Here are some highlights: Sibert 25th Anniversary The Robert F. Sibert Informational Medal will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2026. While that may seem like years away, budget realities mean that we start these discussions early. The Board voted to create a task force that will support celebrations around this award. Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force Updates Fiscal responsibility is part of the overall health of ALSC as an organization. The Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force has done much work over the past year. Today, their final report brought recommendations and information to the Board. The Board discussed their findings and…

ALA Annual Conference 2023

Lessons Learned from the ALSC Board at #alaac23

Every year as part of the Annual Conference, the ALSC Board hosts an orientation for incoming and current Board members. It’s a chance for Board members to review who ALSC is, why we are here, and how we do our work. Admittedly, it’s a lot of information to digest. At the same time, it’s also an opportunity for each year’s Board to come together and begin building their relationships.

ALA Annual Conference 2023

ALSC Executive Board at #alaac23

Did you know that meetings of the ALSC Executive Board are open to all members? Guests are welcome to attend, unless the Board moves into executive session. As a Board member, I regularly attend meetings of the full Board (which are also open to guests), but being a guest at the Executive Board meetings gives me more details and background about our organization and leadership. Attending these meetings is a great way for members to learn more about ALSC governance. If you’re curious, join us to see first-hand this work in action. As a Board member, I love hearing from members to know their questions, concerns, and priorities. It helps us make informed decisions that best guide the strategic direction of the organization.

ALA Annual 2018

Moving Full Steam Ahead: One Committee at a Time

For those of you at ALA Annual in New Orleans, you can probably relate when I say we were all moving full steam ahead. With temperatures in the 90s and high humidity, most everyone you met had a bit of a glow and varying degrees of moisture clinging to them from the steamy, long days spent running to meetings that seemed miles apart. ALSC Committee Work While the Fahrenheit was certainly high, it was the steam of ALSC’s hardworking members and their various committees that kept us moving forward. During the convention, process committees were meeting to make important decisions and plan next steps for exciting projects. Some of the children’s book and media award committees were discussing new titles under consideration for various honors. At the same time, other committees such as the 2018 Pura Belpré Award selection committee were celebrating their winning authors and illustrators. Exciting ALSC co-sponsored…

ALA Annual 2016

Onward! (To #ALAAC16 and Beyond!)

“All was well.” –J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Unfathomably, it’s now time for my final monthly presidential blog post (otherwise known as POTA Blog #12). As we look ahead to ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in just about two weeks it is also, of course, a time to look back over the past year. While the 2015-16 Annual Report will be coming soon and will do an excellent job of more thoroughly documenting ALSC’s incredible achievements over the past twelve months, I would like to highlight here three things I said that I would do when I asked for your vote for the honor of serving as ALSC President and which we’ve successfully done together. 1. Reaching Out Over the past year, the ALSC team has engaged in productive conversations with such groups as: Food Research and Action Center Institute of Museum and Library Services The Joan…

ALSC Board

2015 ALSC Election Results

Many thanks to all of the candidates who ran for division office this year. We appreciate their willingness to put their names forward for the division. Here are the results from the 2015 ALSC elections: Vice President/President-Elect Elizabeth “Betsy” Orsburn, Philadelphia, PA Board of Directors Christine Caputo, Free Library of Philadelphia-TOPSS, Philadelphia, PA Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews, Portland, ME Mary Voors, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN Division Councilor Jenna Nemec-Loise, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL Caldecott 2017 Committee Stacy Dillon, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI), New York, NY Laurie Reese, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA Ashley Waring, Reading Public Library, Reading, MA Brian Wilson, Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL Erica Dean Glenn, Berkeley Public Library, Oakland, CA Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, Chappaqua, NY Janet Mumford, James McKinney Elementary School Library, Victoria, BC CANADA Holly Jin, Skokie Public Library, Skokie,…