It’s taken me almost a decade in libraries but I think I’ve finally become a strategic plan junkie. I used to think they were all pomp but now I see how they really are a guidepost for the focus of an organization. That being said, ALSC has a new 2023-2026 strategic plan that was unveiled at ALA! Woohoo! Our esteemed outgoing president Amy Koester detailed everything in her blog post, but here’s some highlights: Looking at this information, may seem like a lot- but Amy also did a great job at outlining concrete items that can be included in committee work plans. Now to think about, how can YOU be a part of the strategic plan? If you answered YES to any of those questions (and have the capacity), fill out a volunteer form and/or send an email to ALSC leadership to indicate your interest and where you feel you can contribute!
One of my favorite events at Annual is the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet. This year’s banquet at #alaac23 was inspiring! After a welcome from 2022-2023 American Library Services for Children (ALSC) President, Amy Koester, mingling, and dinner, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for…
Autumn is my fav season — hope it is for you, too! Lots of fun, possibilities and traditions. Ubiquitous, proverbial pumpkin, spices and cooler weather are all in the air. Let’s get programming and looking forward to winter! But first! It’s Time to Apply for the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards For more than 25 years, Penguin Random House has been working to encourage the next generation of writers through their Creative Writing Awards. In 2019, Penguin Random House entered a partnership with national advocacy organization We Need Diverse Books. And they are now accepting applications until February 1, 2022 or until they reach 1,000 applicants. The program awards five U.S. high school seniors with scholarships of up to $10,000. More Crafts than you can shake a cinnamon broom at! The BIGGEST (& Best) List of Fall Crafts, Ever Wednesday is ART day! Have you downloaded our FREE Art Challenge yet? Try these…
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.
I originally planned to write a blogpost for the ALSC Early and Family Literacy Committee on all the exciting things happening at ALA Annual around our charge. Not happening. My second thought was to discuss how to do things virtually around Early and Family Literacy. Now that some states are beginning to take a few steps away from complete stay-at-home orders, That seems less relevant too.
Dear ALSC Members and Friends, Welcome to May! We’ve all had some dark days in the past few months. I’m hoping life is getting better for all of you as some of us transition to open workplaces and businesses and some of us must wait for at least another month. No matter what, ALSC is here for you. May Community Forum: Impact of Covid-19 on the Library: Present and Future Speaking of opening up, the next ALSC Community Forum will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12 noon CST. Join fellow members and leaders for this upcoming Community Forum to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on your work and your libraries. What will library life look like once we reopen them? What do we need to consider in meeting the needs of our communities? Register now by logging into your ALA account. I hope to see you there!
Dear ALSC Members and Friends, I’m thinking of you today and every day and wondering how you are doing and hoping that you, your family and friends are safe and healthy. It seems so long since I last communicated. So much has changed, yet it seems in some ways we are in the same place. An online news commentator a few days ago said that March was the longest year we had ever had in a month. I’m sure it seems that way for many of you as well.
Dear ALSC Members and Friends, The ALSC staff and board would like you to know that we are thinking of all you as you work in your libraries, schools, and communities. Children, families and caregivers look to you in your role as knowledge dispensers, not keepers, for up-to-date information about how to deal with many challenges in their lives, not just the COVID-19 outbreak. You have personal connections to millions of library users and I want to thank you for your tireless work each and every day in helping make their lives better through information, connection and services.