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2011 Post Conference Report

Form D.2, Post- Annual Conference Committee Report


NOTE: Please use this form during conference to take notes. Submit one copy of the completed report (electronically) to the ALSC Executive Director before leaving the conference, if possible, or within three weeks of the end of the conference. Also, submit one copy of this form (electronically) to the following individuals: your priority group consultant, President, and Vice-President/ President Elect. Retain one copy to share with committee members.


Please note: Additionally, please upload your report to your ALAConnect committee environment at http://connect.ala.org (and mark the document as public), so that all ALSC members interested in your committee work may access your report.  If your committee is a professional or book and media award committee, please do not include confidential information in your report.


Please check one:

X Annual Conference Report                                    q Midwinter Meeting Report


Name of Committee: ___ALSC Education Committee____________________________


Priority Group Number: _VII__ Priority Group Consultant: __Kay Weisman__________


Committee Chair: __Linda Ward-Callaghan (Incoming)___ Date: __June 26, 2011____


Members Attending:

Jane H. Claes (current chair)

Linda Ward-Callaghan (incoming chair)

Katherine Todd





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):


Marianne Baker (Member, 2009 - 2011)

Roxanne Hsu Feldman (Member, 2010 - 2012)

Stephanie Malosh (Member, 2009 - 2011)






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


Jane Claes announced some preliminary arrangements have been made for developing a Collection Development webinar.  She will continue pursing her contacts to develop this webinar.




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


The limited attendance at the meeting prevented much discussion of objectives.  Once new members are appointed, the committee can begin to discuss future plans.


The incoming chair will be contacting the Education Committee Chairs of AASL and YALSA to discuss common goals and interest.




How did the Committee’s activities help to further ALSC’s Strategic Plan? Specifically, which goal areas and objectives are addressed by these activities?



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.

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.

(Proposed collection development webinar will provide continuing education opportunity for members)

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.

(Communication with AASL and YALSA Education Committee Chairs)

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)?




Do you have any recommendations for changes in your committee structure or charge?




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

Begin to explore how to work as a virtual committee.




_Linda Ward-Callaghan______________________       __July 30, 2011_______

Signature of person reporting                                                                            date