ALSC at ALA Annual Conference

2015 ALA Annual Conference

The ALSC Program Coordinating Committee is no longer accepting program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.  Please check back in March 2015 for 2015 program proposal information.

If you are a Program Organizer for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, please visit the program organizer webpage to access your planning guide and equipment order forms.

A list of educational programs for the 2015 conference will be uploaded Spring 2015.

Past Conferences

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

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.

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 the 2013 conference, please visit the conference scheduler on ALA Connect.

For program information and handouts from past conferences prior to 2013, please contact the ALSC office.