ALSC at ALA Annual Conference

2014 ALA Annual Conference
June 26 - July 1, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV

Daily schedule of ALSC activities

Education Programs

A tentative schedule of ALSC programs and events is now available.  Room locations will be added when they become available.  Please note that meetings and programs may be added to this list.

If you are a Program Organizer for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, please visit the program organizer webpage to access your planning guide and equipment order forms.

The ALSC Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.  All proposals are due June 6, 2014.

Newbery-Caldecott Banquet

Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm | Paris Las Vegas Hotel

This is the annual grand celebration honoring the 2014 Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honorees- creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children.Pre-registration will be required and tickets will be available in January when ALA Early Bird Registration opens.  Individual tickets ($94 each; non-assigned seating) should be purchased when you register for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.  A limited number of tickets will be sold through noon Friday at on-site conference registration.  We must close sales by Noon, June 27, 2014 in order to provide an accurate count to the caterer. Tickets will not be available at the door.  Reserved table seating (seats 10) will be available. Anyone may purchase a table as long as the purchase is completed in one transaction. Reserved tables are reserved through the ALSC office and are now being accepted through May 15, 2014.

Have a question about the Banquet?  Please visit the Banquet's frequently asked questions page.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities, and Beyond

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm | Location TBA

At the 2014 ALSC President's Program, get inspired to create meaningful partnerships in your libraries!  Learn how library and community collaborations can be the nexus of support for children and families.  Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist, will inspire us with the keynote address.  She will speak about her collaboration with the Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca, New York to launch the campaign "A Book in Every Bed," that then sparked a national movement. Anna McQuinn, author of Lola at the Library, will bring an international perspective to our proceedings and speak of her work in the United Kingdom with young children and their families. The program will round up with a panel of librarians from across the country discussing their innovative partnerships that support children and families.  We will discover together how community collaborations can create change that ripples out to strengthen families, communities, and beyond.

Please join us!  Handouts will be made availalbe on the ALSC President's Program page in the ALA Conference Scheduler.

2013 ALA Annual Conference
June 27 - July 2, 2013 | Chicago, IL


Friday, June 28, 2013 | 7:30 am - 4:00 pm | Art Institute of Chicago

This exciting preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal, took attendees on a wild ride through the past, present and future of award-winning children’s book art. This stimulating program was held at the Art Institute of Chicago, and celebrated 75 years of the Randolph Caldecott Medal.  Attendees learned first hand about the creative process from an array of Caldecott winners, editors, art directors, and production managers.  The preconference also featured engaging small focus groups and interactive, critical discussions of Caldecott medal books throughout the years.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: Think with Your Eyes!

Monday, July 1, 2013 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | McCormick Place Convention Center S106b

Think with your Eyes! Concluded our year-long Caldecott celebration by experiencing a powerful method of engaging with pictures—and then exploring the value of using the technique with children. Whether the images are masterpieces on a museum wall, part of a picture book narrative, or photographs and charts in a science text, understanding and appreciating what we see is a skill that can be developed. In part one of the program, Oren Slozberg, Senior Trainer/Recent Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), invited audience participation as he introduced the process. This method has proven to be highly effective in public libraries and schools in developing observation skills, critical thinking, and civil discourse--powerful habits of mind across the curriculum and throughout life. 
In part two, library and museum partners demonstrated how collaboration adds up to more than the sum of its parts in supporting visual literacy. Discussions explored using VTS across the curriculum while another focused on the national movement to turn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives and funding into STEAM by adding Art!  
This program offered the latest research and replicable models supporting the value of training children’s eyes and minds to observe, think, create, and innovate. Handouts are available on the ALSC President's Program page in the ALA Conference Scheduler.

Past Conferences

2012 ALA Annual Conference
June 21 - 26, 2012 | Anaheim, CA

2011 ALA Annual Conference
June 23 - 29, 2011 | New Orleans, LA

For program information and handouts from past conferences, please visit the conference scheduler on ALA Connect.