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ALSC/ALA News: ALSC Professional Awards Open | Intellectual Freedom Webinars | Applications Open for Emerging Leaders Program | I Love My Librarian Award

Field Notes: Autism-Ready Libraries Toolkit | CBC Free Speech Kit

Member News

A smiling Pat Scales holding her framed Roll of Honor Awardlucia-gonzalezPat Scales (far left), 2008-09 ALSC president, was honored with the Freedom to Read Foundation's 2023 Roll of Honor Award during the ALA Annual Conference in June. Pat's work as a school librarian and intellectual freedom advocate has had a long-term, visible impact, such as the "Scales on Censorship" column published by School Library Journal, as well as countless books tackling intellectual freedom issues in schools and libraries. Pat has made advocacy for the freedom to read a full-time endeavor since her retirement from teaching 16 years ago. Congratulations, Pat!

Lucía Martinez González (left), 2021-22 ALSC president, was named the 2023 recipient of REFORMA's Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award. Created in 2013, the award recognizes an individual who has achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended period of service (20+ years) and has made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA and the Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. Warm wishes, Lucia!

Aimee Villet, youth director, and her colleagues in the Youth Department of the Glen Carbon (IL) Centennial Library, received the 2023 Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award for their outstanding contributions to defending intellectual freedom. Kudos, Aimee and colleagues!

After 40 years of library work, most recently as director of youth and family services at the DC Public Library, Ellen Riordan, 2014-15 ALSC president, retired at the end of June. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter, Ellen!

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Professional Award Applications Open

ALSC Professional Awards logoEvery year ALSC offers more than $100,000 in the way of professional awards, grants, and scholarships! We encourage ALSC members to take advantage of these opportunities!



Currently, applications are open for the:



Bechtel Fellowship - up to a $7,500 stipend to allow a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

Distinguished Service Award - $2,000 and an engraved pin, honoring an individual member who has made significant contributions to and had an impact on, library services to children and ALSC

Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards - $600 stipend for up to four winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference

Submission deadlines vary. Click on each award above for complete details. For more information, on all opportunities, see the ALSC professional awards webpage.

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Intellectual Freedom Webinars from ALSC

ALSC online learning logoIn 2022, ALA recorded 1,269 demands to censor books, the highest number of attempted bans since tracking began more than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, children’s materials highlighting marginalized groups rank high among these attempts.

ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom and Managing Children’s Services committees have joined together to present two upcoming webinars on children’s book challenges. ALSC is offering these webinars free to all members.

Understanding and Embracing Collection Development Policies and Procedures

Monday, September 11, 2 p.m. (CT)

Hosted by the Intellectual Freedom committee, this webinar focuses on the importance of a library’s collection development policies and procedures, what they should ideally feature, and how to leverage them to keep the library relevant to customers.

Training Frontline Staff to Deal with Book Challenges Effectively

Monday, September 18, 2 p.m. (CT)

Members of the Managing Children's Services Committee will discuss ways to ensure that frontline staff is ready to meet a challenge, including training tips.

Click on the webinar titles above for complete information on each event, including registration information.

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Emerging Leaders Program: Applications Open

ALA is still accepting applications for the 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 8, 2023.

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers from across the country and Canada to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. The program puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

Before applying, please read the program information on the Emerging Leaders webpage. Questions? Contact the EL program manager.

Applications Open for I Love My Librarian Award

I Love My Librarian Award text and a heart inside a trophyALA invites library users nationwide to submit nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award through September 30, 2023! Ten outstanding librarians will receive $5,000 and the honor of a lifetime, including a celebration at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX Conference in Baltimore. Honorees will also receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award package. We know librarians of all kinds go above and beyond to serve and educate their patrons every day, so please spread the word in your community about this life-changing opportunity! Promotional tools including graphics, social media copy, printable materials, and a sample press release are all available on the award website.

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New Toolkit from University of Washington iSchool

Autism-Ready Libraries logoBack in 2020, ALSC provided a letter to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of a University of Washington Information School (iSchool) project, Autism-Ready Libraries. The project, subsequently funded by IMLS, aimed to improve libraries’ capacity to provide early literacy programming to autistic children and their families.

We are pleased to share that the iSchool released the Autism-Ready Libraries Toolkit (ARLT) in May 2023. The toolkit includes early literacy programming and training materials to empower librarians to effectively serve autistic children and their families.

The toolkit is available free online.

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CBC Free Speech Kit

colorful one-pager about "Banned Books for Kids"In support of the right to free speech and against censorship and book bans, the Children’s Book Council has compiled relevant resources for librarians, teachers, and booksellers. The kit includes:

- Keep Bans off Our Books sticker

- #FREADOM coloring page to copy

- The Pride Love & Acceptance poster created by Chan Chau, in partnership with School Library Journal. (Originally made available in fall 2022.)

- A page about a book teaching kids about banned books, by Pat Scales with ALA

- A letter from Raj Halder and Sourcebooks about their upcoming title, This Book Is Banned

Complete this form to request a free copy of the free speech kit.

If you have any questions regarding this resource, please email the Children's Book Council.

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