Getting Together | May 2017

ALSC Chicago Preconference | President's Program Highlights Digital Tech | Inaugural Myers Memorial Lecture | Media Literacy Conference | IBBY Regional Conference  

ALSC Preconference Features Top Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition logoDon't miss the ALSC "PREconference: Perceive. Rise. Engage: Celebrate the 2017 ALSC Honor Books,” scheduled for Friday, June 23, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at McCormick Place, Room W186, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Join us in conversation with authors, illustrators, and publishers as we celebrate and explore the 2017 Batchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, Pura Belpré, and Sibert Honor Books. The event will feature three separate panel discussions with honorees, and lunch is included.
Tickets for the preconference are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration.
ALSC members: $120; ALA members: $175; and non-members: $200. Ticket price includes a box lunch and registration materials.
Please note: You don't have to sign-up for the full ALA conference to register for the preconference.

ALSC President's Program in Chicago -- Plugging In 

Photo of speakers: Donohue, Lytle, RegallaPlease join ALSC on Monday, June 26, 1-2:30 p.m., in Room W185bc of McCormick Place for "Plugging into the Digital Age: Libraries Engaging and Supporting Families with Today’s Literacy."
Digital technology impacts all areas of life: brain development, learning styles, and interpersonal relationships. Experts in the field have gathered to present the latest research on digital-age technology and its relationship to childhood development and childhood literacy. This panel will feature Chip Donohue, Erikson Institute, and Sarah R. Lytle, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, who will present the latest research in this area of study. Lisa Regalla, Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, will discuss practical ways to implement this information in our libraries and services. This program will provide innovative ways for librarians to enhance their professional development and grow into their role as media mentors for children and caregivers.

Myers Memorial Lecture 

Black Caucus of ALA logoThe Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invites ALA Conference attendees to the Inaugural Walter Dean Myers Memorial Lecture 2017, “Second Chances: Strategies for Working with At-Risk Youth in Libraries.” The lecture will be held on Saturday, June 24, 3:00-5:30 p.m., at the Palmer House, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Co-sponsored by BCALA, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Service to Children, Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), Young Adult Library Services Association, and Simon & Schuster, Inc., this engaging panel discussion will feature Phoebe Yeh, vice president and publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House; librarians Jessica Anne Liddell, Karen Lemmons, and Janice Greenberg; and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.
We hope to see you there!

Special opportunity for ALA members! 

NAMLE Conference logoThe National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is holding its 11th national conference on June 26 - 28 in Chicago at Roosevelt University. The conference theme is “Engaging Citizens, Building Community.” The mission of the conference is to explore the relationships among media literacy education, civic participation, and community-building within our contemporary culture.  Scholars, educators, media professionals, students, and activists interested in furthering media literacy will be in attendance. 
NAMLE is inviting ALA and ALSC members to extend their stay in Chicago beyond ALA Annual Conference and join in on the NAMLE conference. This is a great opportunity to continue the learning and connect with the media literacy community. ALA/ALSC members are welcome to take advantage to the PK-12 educator rate. Any questions? Reach out directly to NAMLE

IBBY Conference to Honor Eliza Dresang 

Postcard image: 12th IBBY Regional Conference, October 20-22, 2017The 12th IBBY Regional Conference will be held October 20-22, 2017, at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. As home computers and digital games exploded in the 1990’s, the late Eliza Dresang, a professor and researcher at UW, began to note the changing ways children interacted with literature. Her research was published in Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age in 1999. In honor of Eliza Dresang, the theme of this IBBY conference is "Radical Change Beyond Borders--The Transforming Power of Children's Literature in a Digital Age.” Speakers and participants will explore the changing role of children’s literature reflecting changing times and an international lens. 
Conference speakers include: Sonja Danowski, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Jerry Pinkney, Duncan Tonatiuh, Sarah Ellis, Karen Bass, Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Sherman Alexie, Peter Sis, and 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award winner for Writing, Chinese author, Cao Wenxuan. The conference includes plenary, breakout, and poster sessions, book discussions, story telling, local Seattle authors, USBBY and IBBY outstanding books exhibit, and more. For further details and to register, please visit the USBBY website. The site also includes information on the call for program proposals and poster sessions.