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ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children & Their Caregivers (Association for Library Service to Children)

Online Doc September 15th Quarterly Report

by Eva Thaler-Sroussi on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 09:10 pm
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Eva Thaler-Sroussi and Jason Driver
Chair's Email*: evadts@hotmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable):
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Eva Thaler-Sroussi and Jason Driver
Chair's Email*: evadts@hotmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): jasdriver@gmail.com
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members (names only (no dates), separate by comma, do not include chair)*: Ms. Carmen Lynette Boston,Mary Dubbs,John Mack Freeman, Mrs. Kate Rachel Johnson,
Erin Lovelace
Per the Division Leadership Manual, the committee is expected to annually review its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan. When did you last review it with your committee? Note: Recommendations for changes should be submitted to Organization & Bylaws. : September 15 Reporting Period
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last report. Please remember not to include confidential or sensitive information.*: MidWinter Meeting 2017- 

Discussed and further refined the "Light the Way" grant application and decision rubric. Rewrote sections of the application and discussed how to weigh the criteria used in the decision rubric. Discussed the importance of following up with grant winners to showcase their projects and services for the purpose of sharing their good work and to recognize Candlewick for their generosity. Candlewick's grant has a remarkable impact on the under-served, the recipients, and their community. The newly revamped application will include a blog article expectation which will give the grantee an opportunity to share their progress.

Determined ALSC blog schedule and the topics that we intend to cover over the upcoming months. 

Planned monthly communication between committee members using google hangout meetings and/or email to accomplish committee goals.

Long-term goals were briefly discussed, including developing blog topics, videos and other tools to better inform and help address issues that impact under-served children and their caregivers in library communities.

Action Items: 

Update all web-page and other information to reflect our Committee Name Change. 

Follow-up with past grant winners to receive an update and blog article detailing their progress. 

Weight and create an excel spreadsheet for the newly updated grant decision rubric. 

Extract important deadline, timeline and other relevant information from our "Light the Way" grant manual to include in the grant application.

Make contact with our PGC to make certain all transitions occur smoothly.

Please do not copy a.../Diversity and Inclusion: Through the combination of selecting a grant winner and providing a blog platform for publicizing the services and projects designed to reach underserved children and their caregivers our committee strives to inform the library community of the opportunities to implement programming that is both inclusive and reaches diverse populations.
Please do not copy a.../Advocacy: Shining a light on services currently being provided through soliciting and sponsoring and partnering with others in the future to advocate for the underserved has already begun. We requested a guest blog post to address outreach programs being offered to underserved communities at the doctor's office. The article will be published in January.
Please do not copy a.../Learning and Development:  
An ALSC core value is collaboration. Please describe collaborations you have initiated or would like to initiate with other ALSC or ALA committees to help further your work. Please list the desired outcomes you envision from this/these collaboration(s). What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward?: Common goals and interests would be served by reaching out to, and possibly partnering with, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. 

Exploration of the intersection between the various ALSC groups and Committees to determine potential partnerships potential will be further investigated in future meetings.

Please describe activities you would like to pursue for future education topics, publications, or online resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward? Please be as detailed as possible.: We discussed the importance of addressing topics that recurred in our grant applicant pool. For example, many applicants applied for the "Light the Way" grant award to create a sensory storytime. Our group will write a blog post to address creating a little-or-no-cost sensory storytime to assist other libraries with this extremely important program implementation.
If you could recommend a research topic, pertaining to the realm of your committee’s work, to an academic colleague, what would you request s/he research and why? (In other words, what gaps in research do you see in this particular area so that ALSC can share with the Association for Library and Information Science Educators and/or help develop ALSC's own research agenda?): Services and programs for refugee families, vulnerable or home insecure communities and where and how to reach them.
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:  
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space., dropbox
Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms.*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Not applicable (primarily meet face-to-face)
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ALSC Children and Technology Committee

File 2017_September15_Committee-Report

by Angela Nolet on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 06:42 pm

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ALSC Children and Technology Committee

File ALSC_C-T_September_2017_Meeting_Agenda

by Angela Nolet on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 06:18 pm

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ALSC Children and Technology Committee

File ALSC_C-T_September_2017_Meeting_Minutes

by Angela Nolet on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 06:17 pm

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ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee (Association for Library Services to Children)

Discussion September 2017 Quarterly Report

by Africa Hands on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 05:33 pm
Reporting Period*: September 15
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: ALSC Advocacy and Legislation
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Africa Hands, Kendra Jones
Chair's Email*: peaceluvbks@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): asheri@rocketmail.com
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members (names only (no dates), separate by comma, do not include chair)*: Ms. Nichole Darcel Brown,
Barbara A. Genco,
Mr. Nathaniel D. Halsan,
Johanna Ulloa Giron,
Mrs. Karlyn Rebecca Spevacek
Per the Division Leadership Manual, the committee is expected to annually review its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan. When did you last review it with your committee? Note: Recommendations for changes should be submitted to Organization & Bylaws. : May 15 Reporting Period
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last report. Please remember not to include confidential or sensitive information.*: The committee prepared and presented a brief advocacy tools activity at ALA Annual in Chicago, we have begun collaboration with the Managing Children's Services Committee on advocacy and legislation topics, we collaborated with the Public Awareness Committee on a presentation proposal for ALA 2018 and ALSC Institute 2018 expanding on the activity presented at ALA 2017, we welcomed several new members, and held one conference call meeting.
Please do not copy a.../Diversity and Inclusion:  
Please do not copy a.../Advocacy: We are working with PAC and MCS to create educational opportunities and share tools to help staff be better advocates for library services. We continue to contribute to the ALSC blog with interviews of librarians and supporters doing grassroots advocacy.
Please do not copy a.../Learning and Development: We are working with PAC and MCS to create educational opportunities and share tools to help staff be better advocates for library services. A webinar is in development and sessions have been proposed for ALA 2018 and ALSC Institute 2018.
An ALSC core value is collaboration. Please describe collaborations you have initiated or would like to initiate with other ALSC or ALA committees to help further your work. Please list the desired outcomes you envision from this/these collaboration(s). What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward?: Again, we are collaborating with both the Managing Children's Services Committee and the Public Awareness Committee to create tools and a webinar and presentations on the topic of advocacy and legislation. We have submitted the presentation proposals in collaboration with PAC so the next steps depend on whether or not the proposal is accepted. We are waiting for a volunteer from the Managing Children's Services Committee to assist with the webinar development. We have communicated with them the idea and the chairs are on board. Now it is a matter of them finding a committee member to work on this project in conjunction with our committee. If they find a volunteer we will create a webinar proposal with their assistance. If they do not find a volunteer we will still seek their input on the best ways to reach managers and help them understand the importance of their employees participating in advocacy activities.
Please describe activities you would like to pursue for future education topics, publications, or online resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward? Please be as detailed as possible.: A toolkit for NLLD is already in the works to be developed by the Public Awareness Committee.
If you could recommend a research topic, pertaining to the realm of your committee’s work, to an academic colleague, what would you request s/he research and why? (In other words, what gaps in research do you see in this particular area so that ALSC can share with the Association for Library and Information Science Educators and/or help develop ALSC's own research agenda?): Something we struggle with is how librarians are not allowed to do any kind of advocacy or legislative activity on paid time, and are resistant to doing so on their own time. It would be really helpful to understand the reasoning for this, as it appears to vary from library to library. This wouldn't be an in depth research study, but if there are libraries who allow their staff to advocate and participate in legislative activities, do they see a benefit from that advocacy? If so, what is the benefit and how can other libraries replicate their success? Everylibrary seems to exist for this very reason, but they can't help every library with this issue. Not sure if this is a research topic, but it's certainly a gap in understanding and knowledge!
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?: Email, Conference calls
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space., Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair.
Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/ aboutalsc/coms.*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/ aboutalsc/coms*: Yes

 
 

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