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Another Membership Touch Point

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Our Membership Committee does a really wonderful job of using the ALSC Blog as a channel to inform ALSC members on ways to engage and maximize their membership. They approach their committee work with experience and intention, and as a staff member, I rely heavily on their perspectives as members of ALSC. They help me figure out what the questions and concerns are and how we can address these questions and concerns in new and innovative ways! To further support this journey in getting to know our members and to learn what their questions are, we’re introducing ALSC Member Office Hours! These office hours are very informal one-hour Zoom sessions for members to literally drop-in for a minute (or for the whole hour!) to ask any questions you have related to ALSC and your membership. I will be present during all of these office hours (sometimes also joined by colleagues…

Community Forum

ALSC Happenings – Engage with us!

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The fall season is a busy, busy time of year for ALSC! I’m taking this blog post opportunity to update you on a few upcoming opportunities for engagement: ALSC Chat: Our School Age Programs and Services Committee is hosting an ALSC chat on Monday at 4pm! The chat will focus on how public and school library workers are supporting students this school year. ALSC Community Forum (ALA member login required): Our members have important business coming to the ballot next year! It’s explained a bit more in a recent blog post, and our Community Forum on Wednesday will aim to support our members’ understanding of these ballot items to help them make an informed vote. It will be recorded and made available shortly after for members who are unable to attend live. The 2021 Children’s Literature Lecture Celebration honoring the work of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop will take place on…

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Sharing Our Impact #wearealsc

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Members of the Association for Library Service to Children engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children. This is ALSC’s vision statement, but what does the work look like to achieve it? We recently published our 2019-2020 Annual Report, which covers our Association’s work from September 2019 – August 2020 (fiscal year 2020). This report includes a message from 2019 – 2020 ALSC President, Cecilia McGowan, strategic plan progress, initiatives, and much more! It’s a 20-page wrap-up of important activity, and each year I’m amazed at the amount of work accomplished by our members and staff in fulfilling our vision. Below, I’ve highlighted two sections from this report, but I hope you’ll explore the report in full and share it with others. Membership and Involvement At the time of publication of this report, March 2020 membership statistics showed ALSC having 3,932 total members. Since then, estimates show we…

ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

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With every conference, I like to give a shout out to ALSC’s Membership Committee. From planning informal gatherings to coordinating and participating in other engagement opportunities, this committee truly blows me away. For Midwinter, the committee planned a Pre-YMA ALSC Mixer, which you can read about in Abby’s blog post. Amy Seto Forrester and Allison Knight from the committee also participated in a virtual student networking session in the “Librarian Lounge”. Amy and Allison offered their insight on children’s services and gave advice to students pursuing their MLIS degrees. So much of the welcoming events and initiatives come from the creative minds of those on the Membership Committee and I am grateful to experience their passion for youth services and ALSC. If you are a member interested in volunteering for an ALSC process (non-book award) committee, please fill out a volunteer form as ALSC Vice-President, Lucia Gonzalez, will be making…

Collaboration

Demonstrating ALSC Core Values

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I was really moved by Keary’s blog post earlier this week on what an ALSC membership means to her. It was personal and got to the heart of the value of ALSC. I think the main question I have tried to ask and answer this year is: How can we ensure our members will continue to lean on ALSC even during these challenging times? One answer I came up with is: Building trust and community. Follow-up question: So, how do we continue to build trust and community? Answer: Doing things, however big or small, which strongly affirm our core values. In case you didn’t know, ALSC’s core values are: collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership, and responsiveness.  I want to highlight some of my personal favorite things we’ve done this year, big and small, which affirm our core values.   1.       Back in March (I think…

Pandemic

ALSC & You: Staying Connected

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I hope you and your loved ones are taking the best care possible during this time. From the beginning of shelter-in-place orders, ALSC committee members, staff and leadership has been thinking of ways ALSC can support those in the profession during this time. We know one thing is certain: remaining connected is a bit difficult, but so much more important now than ever before. How can we continue to network? How can we continue to share ideas? How can we continue to build on our passions in healthy ways during this time? Using ALSC channels and platforms, I want to share just a few ways we can stay connected: Join a We Are ALSC Chat (WAAC): The ALSC Membership Committee hosted a first WAAC at the end of April to connect with others and share some initial thoughts on the impact of this pandemic in an informal setting. ALSC’s School…

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Gaining Professional Support through Your ALSC Membership

Being a member of ALSC can mean many things but for me it means always having a network of exceptional professionals, no matter where I am in my career. Through this professional network I have found my voice and how to use it, I have pushed myself to try scary things, and I have gained experiences I never would have anticipated as a library school student.