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Post Annual Conference Report 2010


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XX Annual Conference Report                                      q Midwinter Meeting Report


Name of Committee: __2011 Arbuthnot Committee_________________________


Priority Group Area and Number: ___Professional Awards and Scholarships Group III


Priority Group Consultant: _____Caroline Parr__________                                                       


Committee Chair: _____Carol Edwards___________ Date: ___July 13, 2010_______


Members Attending:

Caroline Ward

Dean Schneider

Luann Toth

Sylvia Vardell


Members Absent: (Please note any unexcused absences regarding meeting attendance in a separate email to the ALSC President, ALSC Executive Director, and your Priority Group Consultant; please also note that media evaluation and award committee attendance is mandatory during both the Annual Conference following the first Midwinter and the Midwinter Meeting at which the selections are made):


Guests: None


Summarize Committee discussion, any decisions reached, and follow-up action needed, including suggestions for future programs or publications based on the committee’s work.


The committee reviewed criteria and then discussed each application as it met the criteria. The selection of St. Louis County Library was made.



How did the Committee’s activities since the last conference and during this conference help to achieve your objectives and meet the timetable set by the Committee?

Receiving the applications and creating a spreadsheet of the criteria was very useful.

 How have the Committee’s activities since the last conference support and further ALSC’s Strategic Plan? Specifically, after each relevant goal area and objective below, describe how your activities contributed to the strategic plan.


An excellent Arbuthnot Lecture furthers several goals, but most notably Education, by offering an excellent continuing education opportunity. Also the lecture hopes to add to the body of knowledge and we believe that Lois Lowry is sure to provide that to the membership and the public.


Goal Area:  Advocacy

ALSC will promote and advance excellent library service for all children.

Objective 1:  Increase awareness of the value of excellent library service for all children.

                (EXAMPLE: The second phase of the Kids!@ your library public awareness campaign was launched on X date.  The launch included a variety of materials and resources [x, y, z] available for free for members to use with their community.)

Objective 2:  Increase ALSC involvement in ALA legislative initiatives.

Objective 3:  Increase funding for research and evaluation.

Objective 4:  Increase access to library services.


Goal Area:  Education

ALSC will strengthen, support, and advance research and education in the area of library services to children.

Objective 1:  Enhance continuing education opportunities for children’s librarians, youth service staff, and other internal and external stakeholders.

Objective 2:  Increase research and evaluation projects in the area of children’s library service.

Objective 3:  Continue to advocate for the inclusion of comprehensive coursework in children’s literacy and children’s library service courses in graduate and undergraduate programs.

Objective 4:  Increase the number and diversity of people who choose library service for children as a profession.


Goal Area:  Collaboration

ALSC will work collaboratively within ALA, the profession, and the wider community to ensure excellent library service for all children.

Objective 1:  Increase the effectiveness of ALSC’s current collaborative efforts.

Objective 2:  Increase opportunities to work in coalition with other related groups.

Objective 3:  Increase public awareness of the value of library service to children.



What problems did you encounter? What were the highlights of the committee meeting(s)?

The only problem encountered was that the manual may need to have things added to it. Some of the process was not totally clear to all of us. For example, do we inform the winner? The manual seems to indicate that we do, but given the nature and speed of social networking it now seems inadvisable. 

 What are your objectives and timetable for work to do between now and the next conference?

This committee is done with it’s work when the 2011 Lecture is presented.  According to the manual, the Chair and the Executive Director will work with the host site on the details of that lecture.


 If you have recommendations for changes in your committee structure or charge, please describe in detail by filling out a Form K.  Submit the completed form to the ALSC President, Priority Group Consultant, Organization and Bylaws co-chairs, and ALSC Executive Director.


No recommendations at this time, although the manual could have some clarifications added, and I will submit a revised version with my changes in red ink to the Executive Director and Priority Consultant some time before Midwinter.  ( I hope!)


If you have any committee activity or issues that require Board action, please complete a Board of Directors Action Form.




_________Carol A Edwards_____________________       ___July 13, 2010______

Signature of person reporting                                                                           date