Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship

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Friends of ALSC

The Friends of ALSC have awarded scholarships to the 2014 ALSC National Institute to Nicole Martin and Gesse Stark-Smith in efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians The scholarships include Institute registration; transportation to and from the Institute; and two nights at the Oakland Marriott where the Institute is being held.  The ALSC Institute is taking place September 18-20, 2014 in Oakland, Calif.  

Martin and Stark-Smith were chosen from a pool of more than 50 well-qualified applicants.  Criteria for selection included commitment to children’s library services and to ALSC; leadership qualities as displayed through library and community involvement; need for professional development and desired outcome for attending the ALSC Institute; financial need for scholarship, personally and professionally; and well-roundedness of the applicant. Applications were reviewed by an ALSC Board sub-committee consisting of current Board members.

The ALSC National Institute, devoted solely to children’s and youth library services, offers a small, intimate setting for participating in programming and getting to know colleagues.  Programs will delve into some of the most important topics in library service to children such as using technology in programming, what’s hot in children’s spaces, working with underserved populations, and using local partnerships to improve programming.


     Nicole Martin
     Children’s Librarian
     Grafton-Midview Public Library
     Grafton, Ohio


Since July 2013, Martin has been a member of the ALSC Public Awareness Committee. She is also a member of the Ohio Library Council. Martin was recently nominated  as a 2014 Northeast Ohio Regional Library System Rising Star Librarian. She also reviews audio-visual materials for School Library Journal.




     Gesse Stark-Smith
     Bilingual Youth Librarian
     Multnomah County Library
     Fairview, Oregon

Stark-Smith served on the ALSC Popular Picks for Preteens Task Force. She is currently a member of the Amelia Bloomer Project as part of the Feminist Task Force through ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. She also reviews for School Library Journal.



Please contact Kristen Sutherland, ALSC program officer, by email or (312) 280-4026 with questions.