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, or Twitter (use the hashtag #alscforum). A transcript is also provided after the chat is finished. 

Upcoming Forums



Past Forums


May 2020
Topic: Impact of Covid-19 on the Library: Present and Future (access by logging in using your ALA username and password)

February 2020
Topic: ALSC Committee Alignment & Transition to More Virtual Work


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]

2011-2018 Forums

ALSC Community Forums hosted between 2011-2018 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. 2018 to present forums are hosted on Zoom. ALA log-in is required to access most recordings.

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,