Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | August 2018

Member News 
ALSC/ALA News: Young Children, New Media & LibrariesLearning to Lead | Mentoring Program Opens in Fall | New Equity Fellowship from ALSC | Upcoming ALSC WebinarsWebinar Presenters Sought | Travel Stipend to Attend ALA Annual | Countering Hate in Schools | Library Cards Are Incredible! | Transforming Library Services for Teens
Field Notes: Interest in STEM Careers Declining | Best Children's Books on Africa

Member News 

Betsy Diamant-CohenCongratulations to Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the spring, she was selected as the 2018 winner Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries, in recognition of her work as the creator and Executive Director of the early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose. The award jury was impressed by the success and growth of Mother Goose on the Loose as Diamant-Cohen has expanded it to reach families from all walks of life. Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. The primary consideration in selecting the awardee is their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers. 

Betsy has two books coming out this year from ALA Editions. Mother Goose on the Loose, Updated! is filled with ready-to-use plans and activities that build motor, music, social, emotional, and pre-literacy skills in infants and toddlers. Available this fall, Mother Goose on the Loose—Here, There, and Everywhere demonstrates how librarians, educators, and caregivers have adapted MGOL for a variety of settings.


Marianne MartensMarianne Martens, Ph.D., a faculty member in the School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University since 2012, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, taking effect this month. Congratulations, Marianne!



Maximizing School Librarian Leadership - cover imageThis summer, ALA Editions also released Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy by Judi Moreillon. The book offers guidance and strategies to support school librarians as they advocate for a central role in future-ready learning. Kudos, Judi!



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Young Children, New Media, & Libraries: 2018 Survey 

Young Children, New Media & Libraries: Survey open until August 31In 2014, in partnership with ALSC, the University of Washington and Kent State University ran a short survey to explore the landscape of new media use in libraries with young children and their caregivers. This month, an expanded version of that survey is being re-run to determine what's changed and how the field views new media use today. This time, the use and evaluation of diverse media with young children and their caregivers also is being addressed.

The survey is open to those who work in public libraries and are able to answer questions regarding the library’s use of new media. The survey is open through August 31.

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Learning to Lead 

ALA Emerging LeaderApplications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) are now open. The ALA EL program is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. 

ALSC will be sponsoring one Emerging Leader this year. Apply today! The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018. More information is available on the Emerging Leaders Web page.

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New Mentoring Program Cycle Begins in Fall 

ALSC Mentoring Program - LogoThe ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together for a one-year program, administered by the ALSC Membership and Managing Children's Services committees. 

The program is designed to develop the skills and confidence of early career children's librarians by matching them with a mentor who can encourage networking opportunities, share the value of service on ALSC committees, and improve on the recommended competencies outlined in the ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries. Through this partnership, both mentor and mentee develop leadership skills that will be beneficial in their library careers. 

For more information, visit the Mentoring Program webpage. Hurry! The application deadline for mentors and mentees is August 31, 2018.

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New Equity Fellowship from ALSC 

ALSC is pleased to announce its Equity Fellowship, a program created to affirm the association's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by engaging new generations of racially and ethnically diverse library professionals.

Five fellowships will be awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander individuals who commit to service within ALSC and demonstrate a capacity for future leadership. Recipients will receive funding for two-year ALSC and ALA memberships and one year of conference registrations and travel stipends for ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual. Fellowship recipients also will receive mentorship from members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC task force. Task force members also will review applications and select recipients.

The application process opens soon and complete information will be posted on the Scholarships webpage. Stay tuned!

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ALSC Webinars Offer Something for Everyone 

ALSC Online EducationDid you know all ALSC webinars are free and open to all?! They are the perfect solution for busy professionals on a budget. Check out the summer/fall line-up and make your plans to join us.

August 22 - Out-of-School Time: How to Plan STEAM Programming in Your Library
September 5 - Podcast Playground - Part 1 - Discovery of Kids Podcasts
September 12 - Podcast Playground - Part 2 - Programming with Kids Podcasts
September 18 - Supporting Healthy Racial Identity Development for All Children
October 3 - Advocacy for Everyone
October 10 - Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Services to Children
November 7 - Everything You Wanted to Know about the CSK Award (But Didn't Know to Ask)

For full descriptions, times, and registration info, visit the e-Learning webpage.

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Webinar Presenters Sought 

ALSC's Education committee is looking for presenters for online webinars relating to equity and understanding social identifiers such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, size, age, and more.  The committee invites proposals for further diverse topics as well.

Webinars may address (but are not limited to) the following objectives:

  • Participants will be able to explain how social and cultural factors impact the emotional, behavioral, social, and literacy development of children.
  • Participants will be able to explain strategies for supporting culturally competent library service to children, including strategies for programming and collection development.
  • Participants will be able to name and describe various systems of discrimination such as classism, racism, and ableism.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of enacting culturally competent library service to children.

Webinar presenters are compensated $100 for developing an approved webinar.

Interested in presenting a webinar? Proposals may be submitted online. Please direct questions to Rachel Reinwald, Education committee co-chair.

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Need Support to Attend Your First ALA Conference? 

ALSC Professional Awards logoALSC’s Grants Administration committee is accepting online applications for the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards. The award provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference and includes an invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet.

Applicants must be personal members of ALSC/ALA to apply. The submission deadline is October 1, 2018. For complete information on the requirements and submission process, please visit the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award webpage.

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Countering Hate in Schools 

The ALSC Board recently voted to sign on with the Southern Poverty Law Center and 20 other education advocacy groups to counter hate in American schools. The coalition is committed to providing resources and support so schools may effectively respond to hateful acts and create learning environments where every student feels welcome.

The full statement is available online.

To add your name to the list of supporters who believe hate has no place in schools, visit the Southern Poverty Law Center website.

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Library Cards Are Incredible! 

Get a Library Card and Check Out Something Incredible!Will your community be joining the Incredibles this September to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month? It's the perfect time to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Discover fun ways to celebrate and free resources in the campaign tool kit!


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Transforming Library Services for Teens 

The Young Adult Library Services Association has released a new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education, the result of a year-long national forum that took place from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.

Access the executive summary and full report online.

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Study Shows Interest in STEM Careers Declining 

2018 research conducted on behalf of Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) illustrates how in just one year after first being surveyed, high school age teens’ career ambitions have shifted further away from careers in STEM and the arts.

In a significant drop, 24% of boys want a STEM career, down from 36% in 2017; girls’ interest remains unchanged at 11%, year-over-year. Among girls and boys, desires for careers in the arts dropped from 18% to 13%.

Career choices that have risen in popularity include the medical and dental fields, as well as public service. Interest in careers in the medical and dental fields increased from 15% to 19%, with girls far more likely to choose this path, while interest in public service careers increased from 7% to 10% overall.

According to kids, their parents still hold the top spot in terms of who or what influences their choice of a dream job. Parents’ influence, in fact, increased from 19% to 28% since last year. Societal influences such as social media declined from 15% to 8%. Other sources of inspiration include teachers, courses, volunteering, and extra-curricular activities.

For more information, visit the Junior Achievement website.

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Best Children’s Books on Africa 

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) were announced this past spring. The 2018 winners include:

Best Books: Young Children

Baby Goes to Market. (Nigeria)
Written by Atinuke; illustrate by Angela Brooksbank
Candlewick, 2017

Mama Africa, How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song (South Africa)
Written by Kathryn Erskine; illustrated by Charly Palmer
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017

book cover: Grandma's ListGrandma’s List (Ghana)
Written by Portia Dery; illustrated by Toby Newsome
African Bureau Stories, 2017


Honor Books: Young Children


The Wooden Camel (Kenya)
Written by Wanuri Kahiu; illustrated by Manuela Adreani
Lantarna, 2017

Sleep Well, Siba & Saba (Uganda)
Written by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahi; illustrated by Sandra Van Doom
Lantana, 2017

The CABAs are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the United States. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. For more information, visit the CABA website.

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