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The More We Get Together…
I can still recall the eager anticipation I felt as a child, looking forward to summer—a time of reading and relaxing with friends. That sensation of seasonal exhilaration lingers today, with longer days to squeeze in a little extra time for reading, and of course meeting up with friends, old and new, at Annual Conference, where I trade relaxation for rejuvenation. There is nothing better than collegial contact for an infusion of inspiration and this year’s event in Chicago offered abundant opportunities for spirited interaction.
- Children and Libraries and ALSC Matters! publish features on research and practical application for enhancing service to children and families.
- The division’s general electronic discussion list, ALSC-L, provides an opportunity to seek timely input from colleagues around the country for programming ideas, advice on equipment purchases, assistance in putting a specific author or title to a vague description or detail of a book from a patron’s past, or any other issue that requires quick but thoughtful consultation with colleagues. To delve deeper, specialized lists on a multitude of subjects such as advocacy, storytelling, board activity, and public/school library cooperation are listed at http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/alsc20/alscdisclist.
- The ALSC Blog, available at http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/, is a virtual space for fellow professionals to contribute and consume information and ideas related to the field. Topics that range from “Subversive Storytimes” to censorship, to reorganizing the collection—and the comments generated can be as substantive as the posts.
- Community Forums encourage members to interact in real time around an issue, often hosted in concert with Board members and an ALSC committee. In August, we explored ways to assess and curate apps for children, with discussion questions posed by the Children and Technology Committee. The Liaisons with National Organizations will co-host sessions on pursuing productive partnerships later this fall. Please join us, and it’s okay to just “listen.”
- Live Twitter chats with a predetermined focus occur monthly on subjects that span from Common Core to legal issues surrounding children’s libraries. Watch ALSC-L for announcements of upcoming topics
- Everyday Advocacy is a recent addition to the ALSC communication collection, http://www.ala.org/everyday-advocacy/. This dynamic website offers tips on advocating for children and libraries, with an option for adding your success stories to inspire others.
Council Report - 2013 Annual Conference
Greetings, everyone! I’m happy to share with you the following information from the ALA Council meetings held during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, where I was proud, as always, to represent ALSC.
- Attendance at Annual Conference was 26,362, an impressive 23% increase over the previous two annuals in Anaheim and New Orleans.
- Outgoing ALA Treasurer Jim Neal reported a projected deficit of $1.9 million in the overall ALA General Fund, with Fiscal Year 2013 revenues (as of 5/31) 12.2% under budget and expenses reduced by 11.3% . However, ALA divisions, such as ALSC, are in a “good financial state” and, in fact, ALSC President Starr LaTronica reported during our August Community Forums that ALSC finances are “robust and secure.” (Divisions will see an effect from the General Fund deficit, though, because we do receive support from many General Fund offices, such as the Public Information Office, ALA Publishing, and others.)
- Council received an update from the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, the fine folks who are continuing their work on the e-book front, who reported that all Big 6 (which have subsequently become Big 5) publishers are now lending to libraries in at least some way, which means the industry’s e-book status is “improved, [but] not yet good.”
- Council heard reports from the very active ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Committee on Legislation, and the Freedom to Read Foundation (which was commended for defending the right to videogames in libraries), all of which are continually working to support the work of ALA and its members. Patron privacy is a key belief in new text approved as ALA Policy urging “all libraries that implement self-service holds to protect patron identity” (ALA Policy Manual B.184.108.40.206).
- Council passed resolutions supporting “Library Service to the Community in a Disaster” and also called on “libraries of all types to make basic literacy a high priority by incorporating literacy initiatives into programs and services for all users.” A resolution stating that ALA “refrains from having public prayers during its meetings” was adopted and another calling on ALA’s endowment trustees to “begin divesting in the fossil fuel industry” was defeated.
- The complete list of 2013 ALA Annual Conference Council actions is available online.
Thank You to Our Latest Friends
Many thanks to the following contributors to Friends of ALSC. To learn how you can support the association and its work, visit www.ala.org/alsc and click on "About ALSC--Contact ALSC--Donate to ALSC” on the left-hand navigation menu.
Cynthia K. Richey
ALSC Voices and Faces
Best viewed from ALSC Voices and Faces Section, where photos are included.
Reviewer, Books for Youth, Booklist
Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library
ALSC Membership: 25 years
Happy Trails to Jenny Najduch
ALSC bid a fond farewell to Jenny Najduch in August. Jenny accepted a position as e-Learning instructional designer at an integrated healthcare delivery system. We greatly appreciate her many accomplishments over the past five and a half years at ALSC. As Marketing Specialist, Jenny connected our members to the association while increasing awareness of our programs and services. Later, as Program Officer for Continuing Education, she successfully expanded upon and enriched ALSC’s education offerings. The 2013 Preconference was the highlight of annual conference, thanks to her hard work and logistical expertise. We already miss her warm smile, quick wit, and team spirit.
Game On! - November 16 Is International Games Day @ your library®
International Games Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. It is completely free to participate! You can register here.
Summer Reading Shares
Adopt-a-Reader Pairs Teens and Elementary Kids
Let's Read! Let's Move! Summer Series
Following the reading, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington led students in the Let’s Move! session of fun, physical activities—-such as the Shopping Cart Nutrition Race, Make a Salad Relay, and Jumbo Jam Basketball—inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to combat childhood obesity by emphasizing healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The Property Brothers joined in on the fun as they participated in the activities with the children, showing the kids that physical activities can be both healthy and enjoyable. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Department of Education, Joshua Hoover. Used with permission.)
Therapy Dogs Meet and Greet
How Did THAT Get on the Ceiling?
Oakland 2014 - ALSC National Institute
Meet Author Lauren Stringer
Carthage College's Center for Children's Literature, Kenosha, Wis., welcomes author Lauren Stringer to discuss her new book, When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, on Saturday, October 26, 2013. A dancer and a composer will also speak. The program includes time for book autographing. Registration for the event is $15. For further information and to register, contact John Stewig at 262-552-5480 or by email.
York Children's Literature Festival
Nicholson Library, Anderson (Ind.) University, will host the Elizabeth York Children's Literature Festival--Celebrating the Imagination of Children's Literature on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Featured speakers include: Chris Raschka, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nathan Clement, and Dennis LeLoup. For more information, visit http://library.anderson.edu/York.html or contact Janet Moore, Nicholson Library, (765) 641-4270.
National Conference on Family Literacy
The National Center for Family Literacy will host the National Conference on Family Literacy, February 17-19, 2014. The event, to be held in Washington, D.C., gathers family literacy professionals, educators, researchers, advocates, coalition members, and policy makers from across the United States for the latest resources in education, networking opportunities, and more. For more information, visit http://www.famlit.org/conference/.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Dr. Sharon McQueen, Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin--Madison, received the 2013 Phyllis Dain Award from the American Library Association for her doctoral dissertation, a socio-cultural history of the 1936 children's picture book, The Story of Ferdinand. The award committee touted McQueen's work "as a model for histories of similar publishing mass phenomena such as the Harry Potter books." The committee also lauded the depth of McQueen's research, her polished writing style, her original use of illustrations, and the success with which she transformed an exacting book history into socio-cultural history of the first order. A book based on McQueen's dissertation will be published in early 2014.
Susan Anderson-Newham, Pierce County (Wash.) Library System, has written Cooking Up a Storytime: Mix and Match Menus for Easy Programming (ALA, 2013). The book about creating storytimes includes original rhymes and flannelboard stories and patterns, ideas for adding math and science concepts to storytime, and many storytime plans.
Judi Moreillon?, Texas Woman's University, Denton, has authored her third picture book, Ready and Waiting for You, which was published this year by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. The book, with torn paper illustrations by Catherine Stock, welcomes elementary-age children to their first year of school, back to school, or to a new school.
2014 Morris Seminar Participants Sought
Children and Libraries Upgrades Coming Soon!
ALSC Matters! Release Dates to Change
ALSC Dues Increase
Read! Build! Play! Like!
Caldecott 75th Souvenirs
Did you miss out on purchasing your Caldecott 75th Anniversary memorabilia during Annual Conference in Chicago? Don't despair! Commemorative mugs, tote bags, and T-shirts featuring the wonderful anniversary logo created by Brian Selznick are available for purchase by ALSC members (only) while supplies last! For more merchandise descriptions, pricing, and order form, please visit our website.
Wilder Nominations Sought
Student Session: Balancing Social Media
Randolph Caldecott and Visual Thinking Strategies
Also check-out the valuable President’s Program resource guide that features titles and websites on visual literacy, understanding art, museum resources, museum/library collaborations, and STEAM programming. Many thanks to the ALSC committees that contributed to the guide.
Teen Read Week
YA's Deserve the Best
The Young Adult Library Association's (YALSA) Young Adults Deserve the Best curriculum kits are an initiative to help library staff successfully connect to and work with teens in their public or school library. Created by trainers for trainers, directors, or librarians to use in their libraries, these kits address teen behavior in the library and strengthening teen services through technology. Each kit provides guided training with an introductory paper and literature review, customizable PowerPoints including a complete script and optional group activities, and a list of additional resources. Kits are organized into modules; trainers can teach them individually in one hour segments, or combine them for a full day of training. The curriculum for Young Adults Deserve the Best is based on YALSA's national guidelines: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. Cost: $175 for digital download; $199 for paper edition with CD containing presentations. Bulk pricing available at 20% off orders of 25 or more. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/young-adults-deserve-best.
New Award and Storyblock Vids from CLEL
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) recently announced a new annual picture book award that recognizes five picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. Supporting CLEL's mission to strengthen children's literacy through library services and community advocacy, the Bell Awards also will serve as a collection development, program planning, and early literacy information resource for librarians, educators, and caregivers, and will provide recognition to authors, illustrators, and publishers. For more information, visit http://www.clel.org/content/bell-awards.
Will Otis Break the Record?
- Pledge now to read on October 3rd.
- Spread the word about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by visiting our Share page. Help break the world record by sharing with your networks!
- Read Otis on We Give Books on October 3!