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The ALSC National Institute is everything you need in one place--programming, keynotes, networking and much more.  This intensive learning opportunity with a youth services focus and is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults.  It is one of the only conferences devoted solely to children's librarianship, literature and technology and takes place every two years. Download our brochure today!

The Institute is presented by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to engaging communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children.

National Institute Task Force

ALSC thanks the members of the 2018 National Institute Planning Task Force. Without the hard work of such dedicated professionals, much of what we do would not be possible.

Lisa Soper, Chair
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Sam Bloom
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Allison Knight
MidPointe

Samantha Lumetta
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Amy Schardein
Kenton County Public Library

Cassondra Vick
SWON Libraries Consortium

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who can attend the Institute?
A: The Institute is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults. Registration categories exist for ALSC Members, ALA Members, non-members, students and groups. To learn more about registration, click here.

Q: What is included in my registration?
A: Your registration fee includes Thursday's Opening General Session dinner, Friday's Breakfast for Bill, and Saturday's breakfast, as well as refreshment breaks and receptions throughout the event. Keynote presentations featuring authors and children’s literature experts are also included with your registration. Housing is not included with your registration. For more information on housing, including a special rate at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, please visit our housing page.

Q: Will there be exhibits at the event?
A: Yes! Tabletop exhibits will be located outside the general session ballroom. Designated exhibit hours occur during program breaks. For a full lineup of the Institute schedule, including exhibit hours, click here. If you are interested in securing a tabletop exhibit, please see our sponsorship brochure. Tabletop exhibits are included in all Silver and Gold sponsorship packages.

Q: What opportunities will there be to meet authors?
A: Our keynote authors and illustrators will participate in book signings follow their presentation. For a complete look at the book signing schedule, please see the Institute schedule. Attendees will benefit from an on-site bookstore where they can buy books to have signed by their favorite speakers.

Q: Can I get continuing education credits for attending National Institute?
A: Unfortunately, the Institute is not offering CEUs at this time.

Q: I am trying to make travel arrangements, what time does the Institute begin and end?
A: The Institute kicks off Wednesday (September 26) with an 6:00pm reception at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Registration opens Thursday (September 27) at 9:30am, and our first session begins at 11:00am. The closing session ends on Saturday (September 29) at 1:00pm, followed by a book signing with our closing keynotes from 1:00 - 2:00pm. For a complete look at the Institute's planned activities, please see the Institute schedule.

Q: Will all of the Institute programs take place at the same hotel?
A: Yes. All programs take place at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. There are two additional receptions that take place at offsite locations: Wednesday's reception at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Friday's reception at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. For more information about these receptions, please visit the ALSC Connection page.

Q: Are meals included in the registration fee?
A: Your registration fee includes Thursday's Opening General Session dinner, Friday's Breakfast for Bill, and Saturday's breakfast, as well as refreshment breaks and receptions throughout the event. All lunches are at attendees' expense.

Q: What should I bring to the Institute?
A: We recommend bringing the following items:

  • business cards to hand out at networking events
  • sweater or jacket to wear in the event that program rooms are chilly
  • The Institute is "going green" this year; all program handouts will be accessible on our website. A direct link to this page will be sent to attendees a few weeks before the Institute. If you'd like printed handouts, please plan to print them at home and bring them with you.
  • notebook for program notes
Q: I can't attend the Institute in 2018.  Will there be one in 2019?
A: No; the Institute takes place biennially in even years. The next Institute will occur in 2020. The location of the next Institute will be announced onsite in Cincinnati!
 

For all other Questions:

Cancellation Policy
The Institute is offered on a cost-recovery basis. ALSC reserves the right to cancel the Institute, or any portion of, if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor any of its divisions are responsible for cancellation charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred in the cancellation of the Institute. All information listed on this website is subject to change.

Attendee Cancellation Policy
Cancellation is limited. Paper registration deadline is August 24, 2018. Substitutions are welcome at any time. Otherwise, registration cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed by August 24, 2018. Cancellations will result in a full refund less $50 processing fee. No phone cancellations will be accepted. Refunds will be processed after October 21, 2018. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline date for any reason other than hospitalization or death. In the case of hospitalization or death of registrant or immediate family member, including parent, sibling, spouse or child, ALSC will refund registration fees paid, minus a $50 handling fee. Proof of hospitalization and/or funeral services must be attached to refund letter.

Housing
Problems or questions regarding housing? Contact Kristen Figliulo, Program Officer for Continuing Education, at 312-280-4026, or kfigliulo@ala.org.

Membership
ALA and ALSC membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at customerservice@ala.org or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

Photographic Policy
ALSC has no specific plans to have an official photographer at the conference; however, we want to ensure that any photos that are taken (whether by conference staff or by fellow conference attendees) are done in accordance with attendee wishes. Please let us know your photography comfort level by indicating this in the "Photographic Policy" section on your registration form. Badges or lanyards will use indicator colors for all to note your preference.

Registration
Problems or questions regarding registration? Contact Kristen Figliulo, Program Officer for Continuing Education, at 312-280-4026, or kfigliulo@ala.org.

Sponsorship
Interested in sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the National Institute? Contact Kristen Figliulo, Program Officer for Continuing Education, at 312-280-4026, or kfigliulo@ala.org.

Thank you to our 2018 Institute Sponsors!

Statement of Appropriate Conduct at the ALSC National Institute
All participants, including speakers, are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events. The statement includes contact information to report incidents of harassment.

Other Questions
Contact Kristen Figliulo, Program Officer for Continuing Education, at 312-280-4026, or kfigliulo@ala.org.