Resources for LIS educators

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) offers the following resources to professors of library and information science that will help classes and students dig deeper into the field of library service to children.


These books offer great programming ideas and ways to connect students with the field. Examples include:

Core Competencies 

Core Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries are ALSC’s standards for working with children. Download a free copy.


As a member of ALSC you receive an automatic subscription to ALSC's award-winning academic journal Children and Libraries, published four times a year


The ALSC Blog is a venue for coverage of time sensitive news in children's librarianship. 

Community Forums

Held quarterly by ALSC’s Board of Directors,, ALSC Community Forums are great ways to participate in a discussion of important issues and leadership. Members can download archived sessions

Online Learning

With student sessions, webinars and online courses, ALSC is committed to offering a wide range of quality online education to all levels of learners. 


El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is ALSC's everyday celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. Includes free resources.


 A one-year program that helps match mentors and mentees. Mentors must be ALSC members, but mentees can be non-members. Applications are accepted twice a year. 

Importance of Play

Learn about ALSC's commitment to examining the role of play in early literacy. Download a special white paper on the importance of play.

Resources on Ebooks and digital content

ALSC is building resources that will help students and children’s librarians stay on top of the changing trends in new media and publishing.

Resources on the Common Core

Learn how to support the work of teachers and families in this new educational adventure. ALSC provides a guide to navigating the Common Core

#WeAreALSC Chats

We Are ALSC Chats were created to build community within children's librarianship. Led by ALSC Committees, these informal chats (held on Zoom or Twitter) are open to members and non-members and are designed to be online networking chats for resource sharing and discussion around timely topics in children's services.

ALSC Student Membership

MLS/MLIS students are well positioned to enjoy ALSC membership at a fraction of the cost. Students are encouraged to learn more about becoming an ALSC member


Need something else? ALSC is always happy to hear from you and receive feedback. For questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Serrano.