Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Words Matter: Owning and Learning from Our Mistakes

By Jamie Campbell Naidoo, 2018-2019 ALSC President with Elisa Gall, ALSC Board Member The ALSC Institute this past weekend was filled with excitement, passion, and lots of energy generated by just over 400 children’s librarians, youth services educators, children’s book creators, children’s literature researchers, and other professionals working to promote children’s literacy. The new ALSC logo was also unveiled at the Institute; check it out on the ALSC Facebook page.The conference materials for the Institute described the meeting as an intensive learning experience for attendees. With the theme of All Aboard!: Embracing Advocacy & Inclusion, many of the Big Ideas sessions, keynotes, and individual breakouts addressed equity, diversity, and inclusion work that is ongoing and needed in the field and within ALSC. Check out the ALSC Blog for #ALSC18 entries that highlight some of this exciting work. Speakers also prompted attendees to think critically about ways that they can become…

Blogger Kaitlin Frick

Let’s Talk About Diversity… with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Those of you familiar with my ALSC posts will recognize a definite trend, but in case you’re late to the party or somehow stumbled here by mistake and have decided to stick around awhile, I’ll catch you up: I’m passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusivity – especially when it comes to children’s literature. So once a month, an author/illustrator who shares that passion stops by my library to booktalk diverse reads they love. This year, I’ve posted lists from Melissa Iwai and Isabel Roxas, and I’ve heard from a lot of you who are interested in seeing more.

ALA Midwinter 2018

2018 Emerging Leaders – Team C #alamw18

2018 Emerging Leaders Group

On Friday, February 9, the 2018 Emerging Leaders class met for the first time. It was very exciting to be in a room full of professionals who are eager to move the work of our association forward. Our Team C consists of five members: Stephanie Anderson, Nicole Husbands, Tasha Nins, Jacqueline Quinn, and Raina Tuakoi. This team will explore Cultural Competency in Youth Librarianship by, ultimately, developing a microagressions training video script for ALSC. This project directly aligns with the “Diversity and Inclusion” objective of our ALSC Strategic Plan. Our first meeting consisted of getting to know one another, learning our strengths, diving into pieces of this project and what the project means to each of us, and discussing platforms to use to begin the work. This will be my first time being staff liaison to an Emerging Leaders group and I feel very confident knowing we also have Tori…