Publications & Resources

ALSC offers numerous and varied resources that support professional development, can enhance programs and services in the library, and facilitate professional networking. ALSC books, serial publications, white papers, social media platforms, book lists, and products support youth services staff in being the best they can be!

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The mission of the ALSC Blog is to provide a venue for coverage of time sensitive news in children’s librarianship, current issues in the field, and programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of interest to ALSC members and those interested in children’s librarianship. Interested in writing for the blog? Contact ALSC Blog Manager, Mary Voors.

Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC

Children and Libraries (CAL) is the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. It primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians working with children, and showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and initiatives of the Association. Interested in contributing to CAL? Please contact Sharon Verbeten, CAL editor. Or learn more about CAL here!

ALSC Matters!*
The quarterly newsletter features columns by ALSC leadership, member and division news, Bright Idea stories that showcase library programming successes, and news about events and happenings in the field. Interested in writing for ALSC Matters? Contact Laura Schulte-Cooper, ALSC Program.

ALSC Update*

Want ALSC information sent directly to your inbox? Weekly ALSC Update emails include timely content with links directly to details on ALSC events, programs, and services.

Book Lists

ALSC promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.

Books and Products

ALSC offers an array of award seals, tool kits, and books to support librarians in their professional development and day-to-day work.

Every Child Ready to Read

ALSC and the Public Library Association have incorporated the latest research in early literacy, into a series of turnkey parent and caregiver workshops that provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher.

Professional Tools
A list of resources by subject area for librarians serving youth.

Publish with ALSC
Interested in sharing your expertise or experiences with other librarians serving youth? ALSC would love to hear from you!

Research Agenda

The Association for Library Service to Children National Research Agenda for Library Service to Children (Ages 0-14) outlines a prioritized list of six strategic research areas and potential research questions to be examined in each area. The research agenda draws attention to relevant topics in the field where research is limited and provides a catalyst for research that will inform youth librarianship and support advocacy for the field of library services to youth.

White Papers
Written by professionals in the field, ALSC white papers address topics of importance to librarians and other professionals serving youth.

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