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2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Dallas: ALSC Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee Post Conference Report

Form D.2, Post-Midwinter Meeting/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, your priority group consultant, President, and Vice-President/ President Elect within three weeks of the end of the conference.  


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 your committee and 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:

q Annual Conference Report                                                xq Midwinter Meeting Report


Name of Committee: Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee­­___________


Priority Group Area and Number: _VII Professional Develop_______________________


Priority Group Consultant: _____Kay Weisman_________                                                 


Committee Chair: ____Christina M. Desai______________ Date: _2/24/2012__________


Members Attending:


No meeting (virtual committee)


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):




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



2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Dallas

ALSC Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee Post Conference Report

This virtual committee did not meet at Midwinter, but the journal editor, Sharon Verbeten, and the committee chair, Chris Desai, met with Laura Schulte-Cooper to clarify policies on committee members meeting at conference: no official meeting may take place and no official decisions may be made at conference, but committee matters may discuss matters related to committee work informally.

Chris Desai also attended the Division Leadership meeting where the emphasis was on advocacy. The group participated in activities to practice advocacy strategies with various constituencies within the library and the community.

Sharon and Chris also attended, as guests, a meeting of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force and discussed devoting a special issue of Children and Libraries to the Caldecott celebration. The target date will be the Spring 2013 issue. Ellen Fader will be asked to serve as guest editor for the issue. Article topics were suggested, including perspectives from authors, illustrators, and publishers, stories about winners’ reactions on being told of the award, scholarly research on the Caldecott, and tables showing metadata such as author, title, media, etc. Brian Selznick has agreed to create art for the Celebration which will also be used in the issue.

The committee will meet in ALAConnect Chat on Feb. 27 at 2:00 CST to discuss advocacy and upcoming journal issues.

The spring issue of CAL will feature the new icon indicating peer reviewed status of the articles and a blurb on this new feature.


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?


Since no meeting took place, no objectives could be met. A virtual meeting via chat has been set for Feb. 27.


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.


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.


The committee publication, Children and Libraries, promotes excellence with every issue by publishing peer-reviewed practice and research based articles on innovative library programs, collections, best practices, outstanding children’s literature, technology use, etc. The committee activity ensures that the journal continues to meet standards of excellence by reviewing submissions, themed issue ideas, article ideas, etc. The journal reaches all ALSC members, including many public and school librarians, enhancing their skills and development.


Objective 2:  Increase ALSC involvement in ALA legislative initiatives.


The journal may lead to activism by calling attention to important issues facing libraries.


Objective 3:  Increase funding for research and evaluation.

Objective 4:  Increase access to library services.


Articles in Children and Libraries from time to time address access involving special populations through innovative programs, outreach, or use of technologies, and through review articles on books or collections addressing access or special needs populations.


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.


The journal is designed to promote best practices and creative programming and to educate school and public librarians about best books, issues facing libraries, and how to address them. It serves as a professional development tool by presenting research based, peer reviewed articles on library services for children.


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


Again, the journal does this with every issue. The committee has commissioned an icon to use to indicate peer-reviewed articles, which will be implemented in the upcoming spring issue.


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.


By conveying the scope and joy of working in libraries serving children, and by supporting the professional development of children’s librarians, CAL promotes the 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.


The committee is working with the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force to develop a Caldecott themed issue to coincide with the Celebration.


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


By publishing articles on excellent library service, the journal promotes connections between libraries.


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


The many peer reviewed articles in CAL provide evidence for children’s librarians to use in promoting the value of their services and collections.


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


We have held 2 virtual meeting via chat and have the next one scheduled. However it is nearly impossible to find a time when all can meet and attempting to find the best time for most members is very tedious and time consuming.


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


The committee will finalize plans for the next 2 issues and solicit manuscripts for the Caldecott themed issue, help with reviewing and finding appropriate reviewers for manuscripts, and implement findings from the ALSC member survey as they relate to publications.


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.


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




____Christina M. Desai___________________________       __2/24/12______

Signature of person reporting                                                                 date