2017 ALA Annual Conference

June 22-27 | Chicago

Full schedule of ALSC meetings and other events

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.

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ALSC Preconference

ALSC PREconference: Perceive. Rise. Engage: Celebrate the 2017 ALSC Honor Books

Friday, June 23, 2017 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm | MCP - W186
Visit the PREconference webpage for more information.

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.

Tickets are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration at www.alaannual.org.

ALSC members: $120
ALA members: $175
Non-members: $200

Tickets will be available through 11:59am CT on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Leadership & ALSC

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Hyatt Regency Chicago - Columbus A-D

Join us in the transformation of ALSC! This Leadership & ALSC program will connect the dots from Diversity and Inclusion to Learning and Development. Focusing on our newly envisioned 2017 Strategic Plan, Dr. Nicole Cooke, from The iSchool at Illinois, will be discussing the research in the areas of diversity and social justice in librarianship, while our Diversity within ALSC Task Force and Emerging Leaders Project Team will present key findings on diversity and leadership trends and development, respectively. This event is open to all attendees interested in youth librarianship. 

Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Chicago - Grand Ballroom

This annual grand celebration honors the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Medalists and Honorees - creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children. Find out more details about the evening and/or order a table for you and nine friends (due May 15) at the banquet information page. Individual tickets are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration at www.alaannual.org. Individual ticket holders will find open seating at non-reserved tables.

Pura Belpré Awards Celebration

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | HIL - International South

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

ALSC Awards Presentation

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | MCP - W185bc

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. | MCP - W185bc

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.

Missed the program? We've put together a comprehensive list of our Q&A.

Odyssey Awards for Excellence in Audiobook Production Awards Program

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. | MCP - W184bc

Administered jointly by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist, this year's presentation will feature clips from the 2017 winners.


Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | MCP - W178a

No Screen Time Under 2? Understanding the AAP’s New Recommendations about Screen Time and Young Children

Did you hear that the American Academy of Pediatrics revised their standards, lifting the ban on screen time for children under two? Are you wondering what this means for the families we serve? This session will explain the new recommendations and their implications, including practical ways to communicate this information to patrons. Participants will leave with strategies for sharing information and modeling best practices through programs, services, and collections.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | MCP - W176b

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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm | MCP - W179b

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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | MCP - W180

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | MCP - W184bc

Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship

The myth of the library as neutral is increasingly an impediment to our work and our professional standing, as well as being at odds with our professional ethics. Youth services librarianship is, at its core, social justice work. This work is done daily with our patrons and also on social media, with our colleagues.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | MCP - W175a

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | MCP - W181a

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.

2018 ALA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The Program Coordinating Committee is currently reviewing proposal submissions for the 2018 Annual Conference, June 21 - 26, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Proposal submitters will be notified of their acceptance in early November.