Community forums

ALSC hosts regular online discussion sessions for members called Community Forums. These forums are held on Zoom. During the forum participants can chat live with members of the ALSC Board, ALSC President, fellow ALSC members, and presenters. Members who cannot participate in the live chat can submit questions via email (Elizabeth Serrano, eserrano@ala.org) or Twitter (use the hashtag #alscforum). A transcript is also provided after the chat is finished. 

Upcoming Forums

2019

TBD

Past Forums

2019

May 2019
Topic: Leadership Development within ALSC
Access the recorded webcast and transcript from May 2019*

February 2019
Topic: 2018 Young Children, New Media, and Libraries survey and Digital Media Awards [archive available to members and non-members]

2018

October 2018
Topic: Library Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families & ALSC Library Service to Special Populations Toolkit
Access the recorded webcast from October 2018*

April 2018
Topic: Doing ALA Differently: An ALSC Conversation
Access the recorded webcast from April 2018*

January 2018
Topic: Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities
Access the recorded webcast from January 2018*

2017

August 2017
Topic: Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship
Access the recorded webcast from August 2017*

March 2017
Topic: digital literacy, digital citizenship for children in libraries
Access the recorded webcast from March 2017*

2016

December 2016
Topic: diversity, inclusion, & support for youth

February 2016
Topic: summer reading & learning 
Access the recorded webcast from February 2016

2015

November 2015
Topic: ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
Access the recorded webcast from November 2015 *

June 2015
Topic: media mentorship
Access the recorded webcast from June 2015 *

February 2015
Topic: Online Day of Diversity Forum
Access the recorded webcast from the 2015 Online Day of Diversity Forum (open to the public)

2014

November 2014
Topic: the future of ALSC online continuing education

Access the recorded webcast from November 2014 *

July 2014
Topic: value of youth library service
Access the recorded webcast from July 2014  *

April 2014
Topic: adding STEAM to summer reading
Access the recorded webcasts from April 28 and 30 *

March 2014
Topic: the impact of poverty on library use by children
Access the recorded webcasts from March 2014 *

2011-2013 Forums

ALSC Community Forums hosted between 2011-2013 are also available for viewing. Forums held in 2011-2012 were hosted via text chat in ALA Connect. 2013 forums were held in Adobe Connect. ALA log-in is required to access all prior forums.

Accessing Upcoming Forums

Prior to the forum, ALSC members will receive an email with a URL link to register for the forum. Gmail users: please check your "Promotions" tab. Many ALSC emails go to this filter, so please check for it there. Only current ALSC members will have access to register for the forum. 

Using Zoom

ALSC is now using Zoom to host its Community Forums. Zoom is an easy-to-use web conferencing software that includes video and chat features. For more information please visit our Zoom tip sheet.

  • Prior to the forum, ALSC members will receive an email with a URL link to register for the forum. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom on accessing the forum via web or dialing in.
  • Participants will be allowed to enter the room 5 minutes prior to the start time.
  • 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