The final open meeting of the Notable Recordings Committee discusses 5 remaining titles, including When the Stars are Scattered. In this post, ALSC members can learn a little more about volunteering for committees.
Tag: Virtual Institute 2020
An #alsc20 Highlight by Jennifer Minehardt
Wow, what an awesome two days spent at this year’s virtual ALSC National Institute! There were so many wonderful programs to choose from over the course of two days. I’m excited to go back and watch some of the sessions I missed! With that being said, I can’t wait to talk about this amazing new book, We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. We spent a wonderful hour and fifteen minutes listening to the author and illustrator talk about their work and their different processes and how they came to collaborate on this book together. This is an own voices story told by both an indigenous author and illustrator. The author told us that this book is her love letter to the people of the Standing Rock movement as well as all the indigenous people that are fighting to protect their water sources as…
An #alsc20 Highlight by Faith Hvisdas
Attending the ALSC Virtual Institute was an invigorating experience. After nearly seven months of living a new lifestyle due to the Coronavirus and world events, it was refreshing to hear from so many library professionals about how passionate they all still are about their work, and their willingness to serve communities. I especially appreciated the panel on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within ALSC. This panel allowed several professionals to speak about the initiatives that ALSC is taking in these important areas. I enjoyed hearing from the Equity fellows, and hearing about the work that they are doing in libraries. When Ayn spoke, she mentioned that she would not get to go to Midwinter if it was not for this fellowship. Conferences are always an amazing way to learn and connect with others in our professional field. Ayn also mentioned her mentor, and how having a mentor was extremely supportive for…
An #alsc20 Highlight by Sarah West
This year I had the chance to attend ALSC’s Virtual National Institute. I was so excited, I had never been to the National Institute, virtual or in person. Thanks to the 2020 Friends of ALSC Virtual Institute Scholarship, I got to attend. Of course the first thing I did when I got the email was to look at the schedule. I saw that this year there was a panel called “Diversity Needs Jewish Books: A Missing Piece of the Diversity Conversation.” I stopped in my tracks. As a 26 year old Jewish woman, I had grown up with just a handful of books about Jewish people, but how many times can I read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat? I didn’t know I’ve been waiting for this panel my whole life, but now I knew. “Diversity Needs Jewish Books: A Missing Piece of the Diversity Conversation” was hosted by four…
Transforming Incarceration Visitation Spaces at #ALSC20
In their “Collaborating to Create Welcoming Spaces for Children, Youth and Families” session, the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota shared a variety of ways they have transformed their spaces to incorporate play spaces for the whole family. One of the most stunning transformations they shared was one in an adult incarceration facility, where they added play experiences to the rooms used for video visitation.
Afternoon Amazingness at #ALSC20
Thanks to living in Virtual Conference Land, we got to kick off the afternoon with a refreshing lunch on the porch with cohort Pongo (pictured below). I got to listen to publishers give us the deets on some amazing upcoming #DiverseReads; so many fab books- my ordering list is ever-growing. Then, I spent some time learning about immersive learning through virtual reality and augmented reality programs for children! Zach Stier (who has worked in libraries for ages!) explained how the learning experiences work, and demonstrated different devices to use- including info how to get stuff on a tight budget… because, REALITY reality. He has great ideas about programming, and also talked about how to tie those experiences back to non-tech activities and to books! And one fun plus to these programs- kids can often end up being the “teachers” for each other in the tasks. Next: what in the world…
#ALSC20, here we come!
I am so excited to be attending the 2020 ALSC Virtual Institute! I didn’t think it would be virtual when I attended my first ALSC event, but I am so glad it’s finally happening. I’ll be live-blogging here all day today and tomorrow my impressions and experiences. I have my coffee and my cohorts (a bird, cats, and bunnies) here for conference-ing at home, and we’re ready to learn and meet amazing children’s services people from around the country!
Help! We Are Looking for Live Bloggers to Report on the 2020 ALSC Virtual Institute
The ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute, one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology, is taking place in just a few weeks on October 2nd and 3rd. This year’s schedule includes six general sessions of authors, illustrators, and thought leadership in children’s literacy and development; a robust slate of education programs; and other virtual networking opportunities. The ALSC Blog would love your help! We are looking for Virtual Institute attendees to volunteer as live bloggers; these live bloggers are invited to write about what they are learning and experiencing as they attend sessions so those who are #leftbehind can share your excitement and enthusiasm.