dr. t. berry brazelton to keynote alsc president’s program

Contact: Aimee Strittmatter<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

ALSC Deputy Director



For Immediate Release,
May 6, 2008

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton to keynote ALSC president's program

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton will be the featured speaker at the 2007 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program, sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 30, in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

The program is part of the American Library Association’s (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />ALA) Auditorium Speaker Series, to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Admission to the program is open to all ALA Annual Conference attendees.

Dr. Brazelton, founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children’s Hospital Boston and a world-renowned authority on pediatrics, child development and parent-child relationships, will address the role of librarians, educators and other child advocates in the strengthening of families. According to Brazelton, “Our goal is that parents everywhere work with supportive providers, feel confident in their parenting role and form strong, resilient attachments with their children. To help achieve this, providers must be responsive to parents, knowledgeable about child development and eager to see every parent succeed.”

“Dr. T. Berry Brazelton has an understanding of who we, as librarians, serve. That understanding will help librarians improve the programs and services they offer,” said Jane Marino, president of ALSC. “The opportunity to hear from such a respected and knowledgeable expert as Dr. Brazelton will increase our ability to help support healthy families, children and communities. Through his research and practice Dr. Brazelton has changed early childhood theory into fact and ideas into actions.”

Dr. Brazelton is the author of more than 40 books on pediatrics and child development, including the best-selling “Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development” and the seven titles in the Brazelton Wayseries: Sleep,” “Discipline,” “Calming Your Fussy Baby,” “Feeding Your Child,” “Toilet Training,” “Understanding Sibling Rivalry” and “Mastering Anger and Aggression.” His television series, “What Every Baby Knows,” ran for 12 years and won two Emmy Awards. Dr. Brazelton is Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School.

ALSC, a division of the ALA, leads the way in forging excellent library service for all children by supporting the profession of children's librarianship through education, advocacy and collaboration. To learn more about ALSC’s events, visit the ALSC Web site at www.ala.org/alscevents.