Conferences and Events

ALSC at ALA Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference is the world's largest event for the library community. Bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, author, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and the leading suppliers to the market, the Annual Conference gives you a once-a-year opportunity to advance your career and improve your library.

For more information about ALSC's involvement at upcoming Annual Conferences, visit ALSC at Annual Conference.

ALSC at ALA Midwinter Meeting

The ALA Midwinter Meeting, generally held in January, draws more than 10,000 leaders in the library and information industry for some 2,000 meetings and events. About 450 exhibits feature the latest in books, videos, computers and other materials. Also announced at Midwinter Meeting are the winners of the year's Youth Media Awards, such as the Newbery and Caldecott Awards.

More information will be posted on ALSC at Midwinter Meeting as it becomes available.

ALSC National Institute

The ALSC National Institute is a two and a half day learning opportunity focused solely on youth services librarianship. Smaller than an ALA Annual Conference with only 300 attendees, the Institute is a great place to network with colleagues, attend practical child-focused programs, and meet the authors/illustrators you know and love. It's designed for front-line library staff, children's literature experts, education and library school faculty and other interested adults.

Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture is an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. This paper is delivered as a lecture each April, and is subsequently published in Children and Libraries, the journal of ALSC.

Community Forums

ALSC hosts quarterly online forums for members called Community Forums. During the Community Forum members can chat live with members of the ALSC Board and the ALSC President. Members who cannot participate in the live chat can post questions and comments on the ALA Connect discussion board. A transcript is also provided after the chat is finished.

Past ALSC programming

A list of past programs sponsored by ALSC is now available.


If you have questions about ALSC conferences or programming, please contact Sarah Polen, program officer for continuing education, by email or 800-545-2433 ext. 4026.