Blogger Jamie Campbell Naidoo

“E” is for Engagement: How can YOU be engaged in ALSC?

In the past, I’ve mentioned some of the great work that ALSC committees and taskforces are doing – from choosing the next award-winning media to creating toolkits and webinars that help library workers better serve all children to sharing advocacy resources and tips that can help librarians advocate for funding. The work of all our process and media and professional award committees (supported by our amazing ALSC staff) keeps our association moving strategically forward. Activities can be conducted virtually, in-person, or both depending on the specific committee, taskforce, or working group. By participating in association work, ALSC members engage in activities that strengthen both the soft and hard skills that they use daily in their multifaceted jobs as educators, social activists, book enthusiasts, media mentors, literacy experts, outreach specialists, diversity advocates, and/or library staff serving children (which includes the aforementioned “hats” and more!). Engagement in ALSC benefits not only our…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Resolve! Be Resolute! Not Another Resolution

BE Resolute! This is not another resolution article.  There are no top-10’s, lists, take-aways or look backs to 2018.  Sorry.  Instead, I want you to resolve to be resolute this year and ever after. A Better You Being a better you is easier than you think.  Shoot.  Okay, look, what follows is kind of a list, but is has nothing to do with 2018, only 2019. How can you possibly be any better, you may ask.  Here’s some tips to improve, stand out and generally be better than you were before you started reading my post.  No, really. Be alert! Being alert means more than simply being wired.  Having said that, if you are a caff-feind, then you should know there’s a military-grade algorithm fir optimizing your caffeine intake:                       Secondly, for me, being alert has become second nature when…

Blogger Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee

Partnerships with arts organizations to enhance programs

As mentioned in my February 2, 2018 ALSC post (Arts enhance experiences for under-served populations), the arts provide many entry points for youth participation. It encourages individuality, exploration and the process is as important as the outcome. This past year, my colleague Becca Tanen,  DC Public Library’s Children’s Librarian for the Center for Accessibility, wanted to explore theater based activities for program enhancement. So she decided to do a partnership with a theater company. After researching organizations with experience creating universally designed programs, she reached out to Imagination Stage (IStage) for the partnership with this endeavor. IStage is one of DC’s renowned regional youth theater organizations, Partnership Goals and Process The partnership goals were to learn new program ideas through theater and to offer a different type of activity for all children – meaning there are no barriers to participation. Below Becca describes her experience with this collaboration. “The workshops were…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

2018 And Life to Go: Resolutions Anyone?!

Not Another New Year’s Resolution Article I promise.  No eye candy.  No videos strung by html with care.  But it is Elf themed, which you need to watch if you haven’t already. You’ve got just six weeks and four days before the new year makes you keep writing 2017 for a few weeks.  Resolution lists anyone?  Please tell me you aren’t recycling last years, or even lamely “upcycling” them, just to sound trendy or get your friends off your back.  Let’s get real, and let’s apply it to our professional world.  Here we go… Mentoring For the love of candy canes, you have a story to tell, and believe it or not, you could totally help out an up and coming mentee.  No, really.  And it’s easy to get matched. For example, Florida Library Association has a mentoring program every year, that officially only runs one year at a time,…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship – #ALSCForum Archive

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On August 14th ALSC held a community forum on Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship. The forum was perfect in that it discussed a crucial topic in librarianship that touches on all of our objectives from our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Diversity, Inclusion and Advocacy Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, an Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director at the School of Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, talked about her courses and teachings on how to have “hard conversations” on race, diversity, and social justice. She explains that she helps prepare her students to be culturally competent and “be comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable.” She presented us with, Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue, as a guide on how to have these conversations about race and that if we remain silent, we “allow the conversation to happen without…

ALA Midwinter 2017

ALSC Events at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting #alamw17

Join ALSC at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALSC recently released its schedule for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. You can join in by participating in one of ALSC’s many events. These include: Leadership & ALSC ALA Youth Media Awards ALSC Mini Institute (separate registration required) And don’t forget that the Conference Scheduler is now available. You can find all of ALSC’s events by clicking the “Sponsors” criteria and choosing “ALSC.” Learn more and register! See you in Atlanta!

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…