2018 ALSC National Institute

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   September 27-29, 2018


All Aboard! Embracing Advocacy & Inclusion

Join more than 300 fellow children's librarians and educators for ALSC's two and a half day National Institute. The Institute is everything you need in one place--programming, keynotes, networking and much more. An intensive learning opportunity with a youth services focus, the Institute is designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults. It is one of the only conferences devoted solely to children's librarianship, literature and technology and takes place every two years. Download our brochure today!

Big Ideas

New this year, the "Big Ideas" sessions will kick off Thursday and Saturday’s activities with top-of-mind topics discussed by industry leaders.


This event will take place at the centrally-located Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Learn more about booking your housing and travel as well as exploring the city of Cincinnati.


Included in your registration are keynote presentations featuring authors and children's literature experts, including the Breakfast for Bill event which is sponsored by the William C. Morris Endowment.


At the 2018 ALSC National Institute participants will be treated to a wide variety of programming focused on children's library service. The Institute is scheduled so that programs are offered twice, so participants will not have to choose between two excellent sessions!



Registration for the National Institute is SOLD OUT! However, if you'd like to get on our waitlist, you can do so by visiting our registration page.


A preliminary schedule for the Institute is available here.


Friends of ALSC is sponsorshing three scholarships for ALSC members. Applications are being accepted through May 9, 2018. To apply, click here.


Show your support of children's librarians nation-wide by sponsoring the Institute. Organizations can sponsor the Institute at Gold, Silver, or Bronze levels as well as sponsoring individual events at the Institute.



Want a glimpse of the exciting program content you'll hear at ALSC's National Institutes?

Programs from ALSC's 2016 Virtual Institute are now available for on-demand viewing!