Engagement Center

Your membership and participation in ALSC brings meaningful change to the profession and to your career. From serving on an award committee to writing an article for ALSC, there are many ways to get involved, grow your skills, and transform library service to children.

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Volunteer for a Committee or Task Force

ALSC's member leaders carry out the work of the Association, developing valuable programs, publications, and resources for youth librarians. Build new friendships and refine your leadership skills by volunteering!

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Write for ALSC

ALSC offers numerous resources including books, serial publications, white papers and more that support professional development and enhance programs and services in the library. You can contribute!

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Attend an Upcoming Event

ALSC hosts regular community engagement sessions to allow members and others interested in library service to children the opportunity to resource share, come up with new ideas, and stay updated on the work of the Association.

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Become an ALSC Mentor

By becoming an ALSC mentor, you'll have an opportunity to connect with a newer children's library professional and help them gain peer-taught skills all while supporting ALSC's objective of developing new cohorts of leaders.

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Become an ALSC Leader

ALSC is governed by a 13-member Board elected by the membership, which includes the President, Vice President/President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Fiscal Officer, Councilor, and eight Directors. We seek new members for these positions every year and we need you!

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Share your Knowledge

Throughout the year, ALSC accepts proposals for education programs at various ALA and ALSC events, including ALA Annual Conference, ALSC National Institute, ALSC Virtual Events, and more. This is a great way to build presentation skills and share your expertise!

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Take ALSC on the Road

ALSC provides limited funding to members who are interested in staffing booths, presenting programs, or coordinating local social events for children's library staff. The event only need be related to library service, children’s publishing, or have some connection to library services.

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Apply for a Grant or Scholarship

Every year, more than $100,000 is given away to members through ALSC's professional awards, grants, and scholarships.

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Advocate for Children's Services

On ALSC's Everyday Advocacy website you’ll find a dynamic collection of resources empowering you to take action. Think quick. Think easy-to-implement. Think, “I can do this!” (because you can!)

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Subscribe to our ALSC Update newsletter, engage on ALA Connect, read the latest issue of ALSC Matters!, and connect with us and other members on social media!

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If you have any questions or thoughts regarding ways you can continue to maximize your membership, please contact Elly Serrano, ALSC Membership and Marketing Specialist at eserrano@ala.org. You can also sign-up for an upcoming ALSC Member Drop-In session! These sessions are informal spaces for members to drop in and ask any of their ALSC engagement questions.

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