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ALSC Electronic Discussion Lists

ALSC offers numerous discussion lists. See the list below for descriptions of each list.

All ALSC (and ALA) electronic discussion lists were migrated from Listproc to Sympa on April 25, 2007. All list management and subscriptions are now done through

Subscriptions/Managing Your Lists in Sympa
How to Access List Archives


A policy for posting to ALSC-L was approved by the ALSC Board at the ALA Midwinter Meeting 2007 in Seattle, WA:

  • The ALSC-L electronic discussion list keeps subscribers informed of ALSC activities and issues.
  • Announcements of conferences, workshops, new publications, and position openings appropriate to the list are allowed.
  • All messages should relate to the general topic of the list.
  • Attachments may be included.
  • Posting of defamatory and/or offensive material is strictly prohibited, including but not limited to hate-speech, name-calling and personal insults. Respect the rights of others. Remember that an electronic discussion is a commons. Be civil. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
  • All postings must be free of copyright restrictions that limit distribution. Indicate whether users are authorized to copy, print, and or distribute any document that is posted.
  • The ALSC Executive Committee has the right to remove members of the list who fail to participate as required by the policies stated in this document.


The ALSC Board of Directors communicate with one another and conduct association business on the ALSC Board Electronic Discussion List. Other individuals can stay current with ALSC issues and business proceedings by accessing the ALSCBOARD Archives , which are open to the public.


The ALSC Priority Group Consultants and Committee Chairs Discussion List is for general communication amongst the ALSC leadership and staff.


The Children's Collection Management in Public Libraries Discussion Group established ALSCCOLMGT to provide an online forum for public librarians who are engaged in the development and management of children's print, audiovisual, and electronic collections. Subscribers can ask questions, post suggestions, and share new ideas.


The Public Library-School Partnership Discussion Group established ALSCPUBSCH to provide an online forum for school and public librarians who are working together or planning to develop joint activities. Subscribers to the list can ask questions, post success stories, or share new ideas.


ALSCSTORY is for all who want a place to discuss issues and concerns in storytelling, as well as keep in touch with a storytelling support group. People may post questions relating to the practice of storytelling.


The Preschool Services Discussion Group established PRESCHSVCS to provide an online forum on any topic related to preschool services, programs, or materials related to children from ages infant through the preschool years, and the adults who serve them. Subscribers to the list can share successful programs or outreach efforts, highlight quality new materials, ask questions, or share new services that they have instituted.

If you have questions about any of the discussion lists above,
please contact Laura Schulte-Cooper at


Is your library part of the Born to Read program? Are you interested in starting one? ALSC has formed a Born to Read Electronic Discussion List where those participating or interested in the program can exchange ideas, solicit advice, offer insights, and learn more about this exciting program.

If you have questions about the Born to Read project or discussion list,
please contact Linda Mays at
or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 1398.



Subscription information and instructions for the electronic discussion lists of the Association for Library Service to Children.