Past Conferences

2015 ALA Annual Conference
June 26 - 30, 2015 | San Francisco, CA

Preconference: Distinguished and Diverse: Celebrate the 2015 ALSC Honor Books

The 2015 Honor Book recipients for the Newbery, Caldecott, Batchelder, Pura Belpré, Sibert and Geisel awards got their moment in the sun (or San Francisco fog) as we honored them, and the history and tradition of ALSC Honor Books and their creators.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: More to the Core: From the Craft of Nonfiction to the Expertise in the Stacks

Awarding winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet and literacy advocate Judy Cheatham, VP of Literacy Services at Reading is Fundamental, shared the stage to present an informing and inspiring look at the creation of excellent nonfiction and the matchmaking of great books and kids who need them. Libraries’ role in innovative implementation of programs and services to support the Common Core Standards is a central skill and an important contribution to the communities we serve.  Even if CCS isn’t a part of your educational landscape, great nonfiction books – how they are created and ways to connect them to children and families is central to our craft and critical to our ability to collaborate with our communities.


2014 ALA Annual Conference
June 26 - July 1, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities, and Beyond

At the 2014 ALSC President's Program, attendees were inspired to create meaningful partnerships in libraries!  They learned how library and community collaborations can be the nexus of support for children and families.  Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist, inspired us with the keynote address.  Shespoke about her collaboration with the Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca, New York to launch the campaign "A Book in Every Bed," that then sparked a national movement. Anna McQuinn, author of Lola at the Library, brought an international perspective to our proceedings and spoke of her work in the United Kingdom with young children and their families. The program concluded with a panel of librarians from across the country discussing their innovative partnerships that support children and families.  Attendees discovered together how community collaborations can create change that ripples out to strengthen families, communities, and beyond.

2013 ALA Annual Conference
June 27 - July 2, 2013 | Chicago, IL


This exciting preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal, took attendees on a wild ride through the past, present and future of award-winning children’s book art. This stimulating program was held at the Art Institute of Chicago, and celebrated 75 years of the Randolph Caldecott Medal.  Attendees learned first hand about the creative process from an array of Caldecott winners, editors, art directors, and production managers.  The preconference also featured engaging small focus groups and interactive, critical discussions of Caldecott medal books throughout the years.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program: Think with Your Eyes!

Think with your Eyes! concluded our year-long Caldecott celebration by experiencing a powerful method of engaging with pictures—and then explored the value of using the technique with children. Whether the images are masterpieces on a museum wall, part of a picture book narrative, or photographs and charts in a science text, understanding and appreciating what we see is a skill that can be developed. In part one of the program, Oren Slozberg, Senior Trainer/Recent Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), invited audience participation as he introduced the process. This method has proven to be highly effective in public libraries and schools in developing observation skills, critical thinking, and civil discourse--powerful habits of mind across the curriculum and throughout life. 

In part two, library and museum partners demonstrated how collaboration adds up to more than the sum of its parts in supporting visual literacy. Discussions explored using VTS across the curriculum while another focused on the national movement to turn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives and funding into STEAM by adding Art!  
This program offered the latest research and replicable models supporting the value of training children’s eyes and minds to observe, think, create, and innovate. Handouts are available on the ALSC President's Program page in the ALA Conference Scheduler.




For program information and handouts from past conferences prior to 2013, please contact the ALSC office.