Community forums

ALSC hosts quarterly online discussion sessions for members called community forums. These community forums are held on ALSC's web conference software, Adobe ConnectDuring 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, dbostrom@ala.org) or Twitter (use the hashtag #alscforum). A transcript is also provided after the chat is finished. 

Upcoming Forums

2014

The following is a tentative calendar of forums which will be held in 2014-15:

  • February 2015

Past Forums

2014

November 2014
Topic: the future of ALSC online continuing education
Access the recorded webcast from November 2014 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

July 2014
Topic: value of youth library service
Access the recorded webcast from July 2014 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

April 2014
Topic: adding STEAM to summer reading
Access the recorded webcasts from April 28 and 30 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

March 2014
Topic: the impact of poverty on library use by children
Access the recorded webcasts from March 2014 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

2013

December 2013
Topic: partnerships
Access the recorded webcasts from December 2 & 3 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

August 2013
Topic: new media in libraries
Access the recorded webcasts from August 20 & 21 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

May 2013
Topic: Caldecott 75th Anniversary
Access the recorded webcasts from May 9 & 14 (ALSC members only; ALA log-in required)

February/March 2013
Topic: eBooks and children’s services
2/26 Community Forum Transcript (log-in required)

2011-2012 Forums

ALSC Community Forums hosted between 2011-2012 were held in ALA Connect. Transcripts are available for ALSC members. ALA log-in is required. 

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, alsc@ala.org