The concept of the Championing Children’s Services Toolkit was developed by the 2016-2018 Chair of ALSC’s Public Awareness Committee, Christy Estrovitz. Inspiration came from the fourth Advocacy objective of ALSC’s Strategic Plan (2017-2020), which calls for an, “increase [in] targeted messaging to the wider library profession and the public about the expertise of ALSC and our members to demonstrate the purpose and value of strong and meaningful children’s librarianship by September 2019.”
After receiving approval for the project from the ALSC Board, the Public Awareness Committee began working on the toolkit in September 2017. Under co-chairs Skye Corey and Mary Schreiber, the committee continued the work started by Estrovitz, completing the toolkit in June 2019. The Championing Children’s Services Toolkit encompasses a variety of easy to use advocacy resources to empower Children’s staff to engage their communities to build healthy successful futures for children.