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School-Age Programs and Services Committee - Meeting Notes from Midwinter Seattle 2012

Sorry it's taken me a while to post our meeting notes, but here they are!

In attendance: Sarah Stippich, Beth Rosania, Claire Moore, Pat Clingman, Kim Castle-Alberts

First of all, check out our Top Tween Titles that just went live on the ALSC blog. Click here: http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2013/02/top-titles-for-tweens-2013/

Notes from our Midwinter Meeting  

  • We were joined by Amy Koester (who was live-blogging for Midwinter and does the blog The Show Me Librarian), Michael Santangelo (ALSC Board Member) and Barbara Klipper (our committee's Priority Group Consultant). ALSC President Carolyn Brodie also stopped by to check in and to thank us for our work! 
  • I shared information from the Leadership & ALSC meeting Saturday morning, and the Chairs' meeting with Barbara Klipper. Basically, Carolyn Brodie did a "show and tell" of ALSC's accomplishments of the last year, then Sue Polanka of No Shelf Required blog gave an interesting talk about the importance of using e-books with kids. This is available as slides and audio on the ALSC Professional Tools page.
  • If your time on the committee is nearing an end and you'd like to continue on our committee or another ALSC committee, please remember to fill out a Volunteer Form! They are found here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms/alscforms.

Upcoming Projects - these can take the form of articles, webinars, best practices lists, blog posts, etc.

  • Caldecott Anniversary. Let's come up with a best practices list for using Caldecotts in school-age story times, art programs and book clubs. I've been in contact with Nina Lindsay, head of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Task Force to find out about other ways we can support what they are doing.
  • STEM. We all have some great programming ideas to share, from LEGO programs to mobile science labs to robotics programs. How can our committee publicize some of these ideas?
  • School/Public Library Collaborations. As of right now, there is only one school librarian on the committee (Hi Sarah A.!) We pretty much commiserated about how difficult it can be to tie our services in with school librarians (since we were all public librarians at the meeting). We need to reach out to the Advocacy Committee, AASL, etc. to talk about our success stories.
  • Autism Programming. There are great resources out there for inclusive/autism support story times and programming, but we need training to successfully carry these out. 
  • Update: Working on Summer Reading Booklist with Quicklists Committee.