ALSC knows that you plan your travel budget well in advanced. Educate yourself on how attending the 2014 ALSC National Institute can be an investment in your career. Below are resources and quotes that will help communicate the potential professional benefits for Oakland.
The case for attending
Check out ALA's "Making Your Case for Attending" resources and tailor these tools to meet your needs. Making the case for time off and support for travel and expenses to attend a conference requires a solid understanding of the potential benefits to your institution, supervisor, and colleagues. And you need to be able to communicate those benefits clearly—especially in times of tight budgets and reduced staff.
Help promote the Institute
ALSC is asking for your help spreading the word about the 2014 ALSC National Institute. To find out how you can help, check out 2014 Institute Promotion Guide, which includes sample language for promotional purposes. Send out emails, Facebook posts, and tweets about the Institute!
What they're saying
Attendees from the 2012 ALSC National Institute in Indianapolis, IN had plenty to say about their experiences. The quotes below are reflections from real attendees.
“It is the best way to connect with others interested in serving children and their families and learn about new trends in children's services.”
- Tonia Burton, Rochester, NY
“Wonderful networking opportunities, enlightening sessions, and the ability to rub elbows with amazing authors and illustrators.”
- Jennifer Verbrugge, Eagan, MN
“Even if you've never met a single person at ALSC it feels as if you're back amongst some friends that you haven't seen in years.”
- Rachael King, New Haven, IN
“…priced right, with good speakers, and it focuses entirely on children's services.”
- Maryann Mori, Des Moines, IA
“It was money well spent!”
-Sara Patalita, Fort Wayne, IN
“Ideas for improving library programs, learning how to measure and validate program success, and ways to improve library spaces and increase circulation.”
- Elizabeth Flores, Pueblo, CO
“A ton of new ideas for programs (both in-house and virtual), staff development, and much more”
- Sam Bloom, Cincinnati, OH
“I felt very inspired by my fellow librarians around the country to reach a little farther and do a little more.”
- LuCinda Gustavson, West Jordan, UT
“I left the Institute having had more good conversations and connections than any other library conference or event I have attended.”
- Bradley Debrick, Overland Park, KS
“The opportunity to meet children's authors and illustrators and listen to their inspirations and work processes”
- Shannon Weaver, Bryant, AR