2017 ALA Annual Conference

2017 ALA Annual Conference

June 22-27 | Chicago

Registration is now open at: http://2017.alaannual.org/

Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.

ALSC Preconference

ALSC PREconference: Perceive. Rise. Engage: Celebrate the 2017 ALSC Honor Books
Friday, June 23, 2017 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm | Location TBD
More information to come
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.

Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm | Location TBD

This annual grand celebration honors the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Medalists and Honorees - creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children. 

Pura Belpré Awards Celebration

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Location TBD

Please join ALSC and REFORMA for a celebration featuring speeches by the 2017 Pura Belpré award-winning authors and illustrators, book signings, light snacks and entertainment.

ALSC Awards Presentation

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | Location TBD

The Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards will be presented to the 2017 award winners and honorees.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Photo of Chip DonohuePhoto of Sarah LytlePhoto of Lisa Regalla

Plugging into the Digital Age: Libraries Engaging and Supporting Families with Today’s Literacy
Monday, June 26, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Location TBD

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 from the Erikson Institute and Sarah R. Lytle from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, who will present the latest research in this area of study. Lisa Regalla from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum will discuss practical ways to implement this information in our libraries & services. This program will provide attendees with innovative ways for librarians to enhance their professional development and grow into their role as media mentors for children and caregivers.

Odyssey Awards for Excellence in Audiobook Production Awards Program

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Location TBD
Administered jointly by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist, this year's presentation will feature clips from the 2017 winners.


52 Weeks of Summer: Building Year Long Sustainability from Summer Success
Join the national-award winners of the first National Summer Learning Association's Founder's Award for Excellence, Chicago Public Library & Museum of Science and Industry along with Seattle Public Library to learn how Summer Learning Programs can be built into successful out of school time learning for children during the school year. Take part in a small group exercise to learn how to build sustainable partnerships based on summer learning success.
A Radical Interpretation of the New 2015 ALSC Competencies
In early 2016, ALSC members identified “diversity in children’s literature” as the #1 topic they most wanted to learn about at 2017 ALA annual. To this end, this session provides participants with a framework and recommended guidelines to interpret and apply the new ALSC Competencies in regards to collection development and library programming. Panelists offer tangible, radical, and subversive suggestions that children’s librarians can use to meet the information and literacy needs of diverse children and their caregivers while also promoting social justice, inclusivity, and access.
Beyond Bilingual: Making Storytime Friendly to Families who are English Language Learners
There are over 300 languages spoken in the United States and libraries are seeing a growing number of immigrant families at their programs. What do you do when storytime leaders and storytime families don't speak the same language? From creating visual schedules and other visual aids to to using Plain Language to translating storytime guides, discover simple techniques to make your storytime friendly to parents and children who are English Language Learners.
Early Learning Communities of Practice: How Libraries Are Leading the Way to School Readiness
Is your library involved with Head Start, WIC, or 4K? Do you partner with businesses to promote early learning? From innovative state-wide programs to local early literacy efforts, libraries are organizing communities of practice to boost school readiness and create opportunity in their cities, towns, and villages. Join five panelists as they outline proven, successful early literacy community development through collaborations with government and nonprofit agencies, healthcare providers, businesses, school districts, and other organizations.
Women Aren't Funny (And Other Essential Untruths For Middle Grade Readers)
Humor! It grabs boys' attention, keeps them turning pages and makes them clamor for “more books like that!” But wait a second - boys aren’t the only ones demanding funny books. And men certainly aren’t the only ones writing them. So why do these misperceptions persist? With editor Sharyn November as moderator, five middle grade authors will discuss the serious business of busting stereotypes and the pleasures and pitfalls of being female and writing funny.