ALSC Student Sessions connect student members with professionals in OPAL

Contact: Jenny Najduch

ALSC Marketing Specialist

(312) 280-4026


For Immediate Release

February 3, 2009

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is inviting student members to interact, network and learn virtually though it’s new online series, ALSC Student Sessions. These one-hour programs, taking place in OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries), give students the opportunity to learn first-hand about hot library issues from ALSC members around the country.Â

The first session entitled, “Feeling the Crunch: Library Programming on a Budget,” with Senior Librarian Eva Mitnick, is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 19. To attend this discussion, enter  OPAL meeting room two, located at:

“Feeling the Crunch: Library Programming on a Budget” will give insight to students about accommodating a big crowd on a small budget. In just one hour, students will learn tricks of the trade that took seasoned librarians years to learn, all the while meeting colleagues and making ALSC connections.

Future ALSC Student Sessions include, “How I Got My First Library Job: Tips from Library Directors and New Librarians,” in March and “Library 2.0: Technology in Children’s Services” in May. Updated information and future Student Sessions will be posted on the ALSC Web site at:

OPAL provides online rooms for live events, allowing participants to interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing, and other functions. To learn more about OPAL visit

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s Web site at