Blogger Dan Bostrom

Registration Open for 2016 ALSC Virtual Institute

ALSC announced that registration for the 2016 ALSC Virtual Institute is now open. The Virtual Institute is one of the only virtual conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. This event will take place on September 15-16, 2016. Sessions will be held online. There is no special software needed to attend. Programming that was originally scheduled to be held at the canceled 2016 ALSC National Institute, will now be offered via the Virtual Institute. ALSC has dedicated itself to finding a great way to deliver the content originally proposed for Charlotte Institute. The Virtual Institute is not only a great opportunity for affordable in-house staff training; it’s also available without the hassle of additional travel fees. “This is a new endeavor for us, but we are very excited for it. The 2016 ALSC National Institute Planning Task Force worked hard to put together a fantastic lineup of programs…

Blogger Andrew Medlar

Share Your Thoughts on the Institute and HB2

I’m reaching out today, International Transgender Day of Visibility, to share information regarding the 2016 ALSC National Institute and last week’s passing of North Carolina’s HB2 legislation, with the objective of gathering more member feedback within the next few days. Thank you to everyone who has already expressed thoughts, concerns, support, and questions regarding this extremely important situation. This is not an abstract issue. In addition to this law’s conflict with ALSC’s core values, purpose, and diversity work, in the past week ALSC leadership has heard from members who are personally affected by it in a very real way. During this time we have been consulting with ALA management and President Sari Feldman; ALA Conference Services; the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT); the ALA Public Awareness Office; the Institute Planning Task Force; the North Carolina Library Association; the Charlotte Marriott City Center; and, most importantly, as I mentioned, ALSC members on ALSC-L…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

2016 ALSC National Institute in Charlotte, NC #alsc14

Last night at the General Opening Session, ALSC President Ellen Riordan announced that the 2016 ALSC National Institute will take place in Charlotte, NC. It might be far away, but we’re excited about our trip to Charlotte. This event will take place September 15-17, 2016. You may be wondering about the bee in our logo. Charlotte has been called the Hornet’s Nest City (hence the NBA team name). This name goes back all the way to the American Revolution. Even though the 2014 Institute is still only in it’s second day, we hope that you’ll consider joining us in Charlotte in two years! Keep checking back on the