ALSC hosts regular online discussion sessions for members called community forums. These community forums are held on ALSC's web conference software, Adobe Connect. During the forum participants can chat live with members of the ALSC Board and the ALSC President. Members who cannot participate in the live chat can submit questions via email (Dan Bostrom, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (use the hashtag #alscforum). A transcript is also provided after the chat is finished.
The following is a tentative calendar of upcoming forums which will be held in 2016:
- October/November 2016 - TBA
- December/January 2016 - TBA
Topic: summer reading & learning
Access the recorded webcast from February 2016
Topic: ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
Access the recorded webcast from November 2015 *
Topic: media mentorship
Access the recorded webcast from June 2015 *
Topic: Online Day of Diversity Forum
Access the recorded webcast from the 2015 Online Day of Diversity Forum (open to the public)
Topic: value of youth library service
Access the recorded webcast from July 2014 *
Topic: adding STEAM to summer reading
Access the recorded webcasts from April 28 and 30 *
Topic: the impact of poverty on library use by children
Access the recorded webcasts from March 2014 *
ALSC Community Forums hosted between 2011-2013 are also available for viewing. Forums held in 2011-2012 were hosted via text chat in ALA Connect. 2013 forums were held in Adobe Connect. ALA log-in is required to access all prior forums.
Accessing Upcoming Forums
Prior to the forum, ALSC members will receive an email with a URL link to the forum. Gmail users: please check your "Promotions" tab. Many ALSC emails go to this filter, so please check for it there. These emails will contain a direct link to the live forum. Once you've selected the link, please follow the directions for using Adobe Connect (see below). Only ALSC current ALSC members will receive an email.
Using Adobe Connect
ALSC is now using Adobe Connect for to host its Community Forums. Adobe Connect is an easy-to-use web conferencing software that includes video and chat features. For more information on how it works, the Adobe website has a quick overview.
- Prior to the forum, ALSC members will recieve an email with a URL link to the forum.
- When you click on the link, it will give you the option to enter as a Guest, and you will be prompted you to enter your name. After entering your first and last name, please click “Enter Room.”
- Please do not enter the meeting room until 15 minutes before the forum is scheduled to begin.
- Prior to the forum, you can test your connection with Adobe Connect.
- Emails will only be sent to personal ALSC members. As these forums are a benefit to members, ALSC asks that you do not share the link with anyone else.
- If you do not receive an email from ALSC, please contact the ALSC office, by phone, 800-545-2433 ext 2163 or by email, email@example.com