CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce significant upgrades to "Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children" (CAL). Beginning with Volume 12 in spring 2014, the journal will be issued quarterly and delivered in print and electronically. ALSC members and CAL subscribers will continue to receive a print copy delivered in the mail; plus they will be able to access and read each new issue online. These modifications are in response to results of a 2011-2012 communications survey in which ALSC members expressed an overwhelming preference for a quarterly journal, published digitally as well as in print.
The new quarterly CAL will be issued in Spring (March), Summer (June), Fall (September) and Winter (December). From its inception in 2003, CAL has been published three times annually and in print only. The new digital delivery will be through Metapress (http://www.metapress.com/ ), an e-publishing host that also delivers numerous other ALA serial publications. In addition, back issues of CAL—Volumes 1-11—will be digitized and available online to ALSC members and CAL subscribers.
"We are delighted to expand the opportunities for our members to access and contribute to this valuable source of information," said Starr LaTronica, ALSC President.
"Children and Libraries" is the official, refereed journal of ALSC and primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with children, showcasing current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and programs of ALSC.
ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at www.ala.org/alsc.