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Midwinter 2013 Meeting - LSSPCC

ALA Midwinter 2013 Report


Attendees:  Paula Holmes, Africa Hands, Amy Johnson, Rebecca Hickman, Elizabeth Dalton, Deborah Sandler, and Sara Hathaway


Guest:  Barbara Klipper


Function Statement:  To advocate for special populations children and their caregivers.  To offer leadership in discovering, developing, and disseminating information about library materials, programs, and facilities for special population children and their caregivers; to develop and maintain guidelines for selection of useful and relevant materials; and to discuss, develop, and suggest ways in which library education programs can prepare librarians to serve these children and their caregivers.  (Approved 1/13)


Work Accomplished Since Last Meeting:  The committee revised Form K and submitted to O&B making the corrections suggested at Annual.


The committee reviewed 15 grant applications for the Light the Way Grant Application.  Africa Hands and Amy Johnson wrote an article in CAL to help promote the Grant and committee members used social media to help promote the Grant as well. 


The committee posts a monthly blog on the ALSC Blog covering topics as Teen Parents and their Children, Serving Special Populations, Literacy Kits for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Making Connections in Your Community.


The committee created a Dropbox folder to share with ALSC Advocacy and Legislation to share past LTW applications that served early childhood literacy especially those with a head start component.  Non-winners were contacted to gain permission and many offered follow ups of their programs.  This was well received by the Advocacy and Legislation Committee.   We also shared a previous non-winner's program with CAL and the result was a great article.


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 discussed a blog schedule and possible posts for the first half of 2013.  Ideas of blog posts include a follow-up interview from previous grant winner, suggestions for serving various special populations. 


At this time we have the blogs planned through July 1. 


Committee reviewed applications for the Light the Way grant and selected a winner - Burke County Public Library.  A press release was submitted, letters to non-winners were mailed, a blog entry included the press release will be posted to the ALSC blog. 


Form K was discussed including not listing examples of special populations, because of this publicity of current and previous winners is extremely important and will give applicants an example of special populations.


How have the committee/task force’s activities since the last meeting supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? 

Our Committee’s work lines up with the Goals of ALSC's strategic plan. 


Goal 1: Advocacy was reflected in our work with the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation committee, our grant and the publicity around our grant winners.

Goal 2: Education was the prime driver behind our blogs.  We applied to do a program in Chicago, but as that was not approved the blog has been the focus of our educational outreach.

Goal 3: Access to Library Service is what the Light the Way Grant does.  This years winner Burke County Library is collaborating with the North Carolina School for the Deaf.  It is in the words of Betty Riley, "Thank you, thank you so much for helping us accomplish an objective for our library as well as the deaf and hard of hearing of our community that we have been trying to implement for several years. "



What are your objectives, timetable, and assignments for work to do between now and the next committee/task force meeting? 

The focus now is on the ALSC Blog and to increase awareness of Special Populations.  Our other concern is how to reach out to non-winners who are doing outstanding programs.  Working with Advocacy and Legislation this summer was a very successful partnership.


In addition the Committee is considering suggestions for webinars for the Education committee.


What means have you used for committee/task force communications between meetings? (List all).

Dropbox has been a good tool for our committee to share applications, forms and templates.


Email, ALA Connect and the ALSC Blog are also used.


What type of research would relate and assist the work of your committee/task force and ultimately the implementation of the ALSC strategic plan? 

Would be interested in what population groups are at the greatest risk and what methods of literacy instruction have worked best to reach that group. 


What outreach programs work best in reaching special populations.


What outreach programs work best in reaching out to children whose parent are non-English speakers.  Especially if there are multi-languages in the community/classroom.


What training are children's librarians looking for when working with children with special needs?



When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee? 

I have created Dropbox folders for the LSSPCC committee and Caroline Jewel and Barbara Klipper have access to those files.  ALA Connect LSSPCC site also contains a history of the committee work.