ALSC News: Suggestions for Lecturer Welcome | Webinar Proposals Sought | Volunteers Needed: 2018 Annual Conference
ALA News: Teen Titans Champion Library Cards | ALA Library Trends Report Released | Family Engagement Publication from PLA
Field Notes: Bridge to Understanding Award | Reading without Walls | Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate | Kwame Alexader for CSLP
Congratulations to ALSC member Anne Mlod
, school librarian, and Cinda Gilmore, 4th-grade teacher, from Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, N.Y.! They are the recipients of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award, which recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources. Mlod and Gilmore collaborated to create Harriet Was Here: A Research & Song-Writing Project that focused on the life of Harriett Tubman and her work as an abolitionist, suffragist, Civil War scout, spy, and nurse. To learn more, please see the press release
Kudos to Angie Stava
, La Jolla Riford Library, California. She was interviewed in her local newpaper's "People in Your Neighborhood
" column. From her responses, it's obvious how much joy and passion Angie brings to her job at the library!
Congratulations to Ashley Waring, who was promoted earlier this year to Assistant Director at Reading (Mass.) Library.
Suggestions for Lecturer Sought
The 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture committee welcomes suggestions from members for the 2019 lecturer. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature. For more details, please visit the Arbuthnot site
. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation, to Barbara A. Genco
The 2019 lecturer will be announced at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
ALSC Seeks Research-to-Practice Webinar Proposals
To increase ALSC’s continuing education opportunities, the Education committee recently announced its new Research-to-Practice webinar series. The purpose of the series is to disseminate current research related to youth services and address how it can be applied in public and school libraries. The committee invites proposals for webinars to be presented in the series. Proposals may be on a wide array of research topics, but they should have a strong emphasis on how the research findings inform the practices of librarians and others working with children.
Volunteers Needed - 2018 Local Arrangements Committee
ALSC President Nina Lindsay is seeking members to serve July 2017 to June 2018 on the ALSC Local Arrangements Committee, which will assist ALSC leadership and staff in preparations for our 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.
While New Orleans residents are desirable for this committee, direct locality is required. Members from surrounding parishes with knowledge of the city would be helpful. Members should have capacity and knowledge to assist with recruiting local volunteers for the conference and/or compiling local information for posting in ALSC communications. The committee will be chaired by Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library.
DC’S Teen Titans to Champion Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, team up with ALA to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans, a group of young crimefighters, will remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Teen Titans posters and bookmarks are available for purchase through the ALA Store
. Posters and bookmarks featuring other DC Super Heroes, including Supergirl, Batman, Super Sons, the Justice League, and Wonder Woman, make their debut in the ALA Graphics summer catalog.
In coming months, the Teen Titans will appear in Library Card Sign-up Month print and digital public service announcements (PSAs). The free PSAs will be available for libraries to use in print materials and online. Sample media tools also will be offered to shine a light on all the resources the public can get for free with a library card. Tools will include a sample press release, proclamation, radio PSA scripts and tweets. Additionally, free Teen Titans artwork for library cards will be provided by DC. Stay tuned to the Library Card Sign-Up Month website
Annual Report from ALA Provides Information on Library Trends
During National Library Week in April, ALA released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report capturing usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society. The full text of the 2017 State of America’s Libraries report
is available online.
PLA Publication on Family Engagement
The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) recently released "Ideabook: Libraries for Families," a publication designed to help libraries develop outstanding family engagement initiatives. The Ideabook presents case studies from more than 50 diverse libraries on how they are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement: reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine. The free publication is available online
. Users will be asked to provide some basic demographic information to access the file.
Bridge to Understanding Award
USBBY is seeking applications for the Bridge to Understanding Award, recognizing a program that promotes reading as a way to expand understanding of one or more cultures or countries outside of the United States. The award carries a monetary prize of $1,000 and a certificate. Preference is given to programs that focus on contemporary life and culture. A considered program may be a one-time event or an ongoing series that serves children ranging in age from kindergarten through tenth grade. Applications and criteria for the 2017 award are available at the USBBY website
. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.
Reading without Walls: A Conversation
In case you missed it in April, a virtual program was held, featuring Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, in an informal conversation about their own personal histories as readers and the role reading can play in breaking down barriers. The discussion also addressed Yang’s "Reading without Walls" challenge, which encourages students to read books what they wouldn’t normally choose on their own. The program is available on YouTube
. More information about the challenge itself is on Yang's website
Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate
The Poetry Foundation has announced that Margarita Engle is the new Young People’s Poet Laureate. Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers. This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure. Engle’s poetry is featured on the Poetry Foundation’s website
Kwame Alexander on Summer Reading & Learning
Kwame Alexander, 2015 Newbery Medalist, is the spokesman for the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). This year's theme is Build a Better World and free resources include PSA's featuring Alexander speaking on the value of libraries and the importance of summer reading and learning. Check out the PSA's and other recources on the CSLP website