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Committee Reports 2013-2014

 

 

Reporting Period*:

May 15

Name of Committee or Task Force*:

Early Childhood Programs and Services

Priority Group Area *:

Child Advocacy (PGC I)

Current Chair(s)*:

Matt McLain

Chair's Email*:

mmclain@slcolibrary.org

Co-Chair's email (if applicable):

 

Incoming Chair (if known):

Same

Committee/Task Force Members*:

Matthew McLain
Stephanie Conrad
Kara Fennell Walker
Saroj Ghoting
Deanna Gouzie
Roxanne Landin
Emily Scherrer
Michelle Willis

Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*:

* Completed the transition of content from the Born to Read website to the newly completed Babies Ready to Read section of the Every Child Ready to Read Ning.
* Brainstormed ideas within Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play that could accompany a potential baby changing area poster.
* Signed up for a monthly post on the ALSC Blog.

Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*:

* We have decided to submit a conference proposal for ALA 2015 with a theme around art and music ideas for early literacy (building on the success of our 2013 Calde-tots program).
* We are re-compiling the booklists section that was on the Born to Read website for their new home on the ECRR ning.
* We are exploring the possibility providing further training for librarians who have baby storytimes. Many librarians know they should do certain things but don't know why. We are looking at whether any existing programs could serve as "best practice" examples.

Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*:

We are working on several but have not completed any since January.

Technology is component of ALSC core competencies. Please describe how your committee has incorporated or adapted technology into the committee work that you do and resources/information you have developed.:

We have increased our committee activity from meeting quarterly to monthly using Connect's chat feature.

Please list other ALSC committees you think you could be collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work::

I contacted Amy Graves, chair of the Children and Technology Committee, to see if they are already working on creating a bibliography of research related to screen time. They have started a project, and I have offered the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee to help, if needed.

Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.:

We are exploring the possibility providing further training for librarians who have baby storytimes. We feel the "whys" behind aspects such as repetition and fingerplays are being forgotten, and feel like a reminder is needed. We are looking at whether any existing programs could serve as "best practice" examples.

If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:

Regularly scheduled ALA Connect discussions/chats

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

Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space.

Has the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *:

No

For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*:

Yes

If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*:

Yes

 

Reporting Period*:

February 15

Name of Committee or Task Force*:

Early Childhood Programs and Services

Priority Group Area *:

Child Advocacy (PGC I)

Current Chair(s)*:

Matt McLain

Chair's Email*:

mmclain@slcolibrary.org

Co-Chair's email (if applicable):

 

Incoming Chair (if known):

 

Committee/Task Force Members*:

Stephanie Conrad
Saroj Ghoting
Deanna Gouzie
Roxanne Landin
Emily Scherrer
Kara Fennell Walker
Michelle Willis

Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*:

* We have developed a plan to move the "Born to Read" content to the Every Child Ready to Read Ning.
* We participated in a program at ALA Midwinter to share the Early Childhood Partnership Survey that we completed in the spring of 2013.

Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*:

* Worked with the Every Child Ready to Read Committee to develop a transition plan for the Born to Read Resources
* We will submit a program request for ALA 2015 in San Francisco to help librarians incorporate music and art into their early childhood programming (along the same lines of the Caldetots Program at ALA 2013)
* We agreed that we need to begin developing a program or training for librarians to know what resources and principles are important when developing baby programs.
* We were asked by Starr LaTronica to develop questions for the ALSC Community Forum on March 3 & 5 (along with the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers and the School Age Services and Programs Committees)
* Starr also asked us to begin working on a sign or poster to promote library services to children that could be posted above baby changing areas.

Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*:

* We created a list of resources for the ALSC Leadership Meeting at ALA Midwinter: "Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance" [Education, Objective (5): Identify and promote the finest in resources (print, nonprint, and emerging formats) and programs for libraries serving children.] & [Access, Objectives Objective (4): Provide access to innovative and collaborative models for community participation in library service to children. & Objective (5): Increase ALSC's influence in promoting equity of access especially in supporting efforts to reach children of underserved communities.]

Technology is component of ALSC core competencies. Please describe how your committee has incorporated or adapted technology into the committee work that you do and resources/information you have developed.:

We have used ALA Connect for our committee work and have used the Chat feature for periodic check-ins and brainstorming.

Please list other ALSC committees you think you could be collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work::

* Every Child Ready to Read Oversight
* Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers
* Preschool Services Discussion Group
* Public Awareness
* School-Age Programs and Service

Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.:

We agreed that it has been awhile since there was a focus on education to librarians who provide baby storytimes or other programs for infants. Specifically for librarians to have training in the fundamentals of early child development. Many librarians know they should do baby programs, and may even know some of the ways to provide those programs, but they may not know why those are important. Knowing the "whys" will help librarians be more adaptable to the needs of the very young.

If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:

Email, Regularly scheduled ALA Connect discussions/chats

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

Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space.

Has the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *:

No

For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*:

Yes

If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*:

Not applicable (primarily meet face-to-face)

Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Early Childhood Programs and Services
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Matt McLain
Chair's Email*: mmclain@slcolibrary.org
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): n/a
Incoming Chair (if known): n/a
Committee/Task Force Members*: Matt McLain
Stephanie Conrad
Saroj Ghoting
Deanna Gouzie
Roxanne Landin
Emily Scherrer
Kara Fennell Walker
Michelle Willis
Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*: * Caldetotts Program at ALA Annual
* STEAM Resource List for ASLC President's Program
* Idea generation for Read! Build! Play! LEGO Giveaway Contest
Summarize Committee discussion, any decisions reached, and follow-up action needed, including suggestions for future programs or publications based on the committee’s work.*: * Will merge Born to Read website resources into Every Child Ready to Read Ning
* Discontinue BTR Website by December 31
* Would like to host program at ALA Annual each year, building on success of Caldetotts. This could be an author/illustrator panel connecting their work with early childhood learning and research.
How have the committee/task force’s activities since the last meeting supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: * Education
--Objective (5): Identify and promote the finest in resources (print, nonprint, and emerging formats) and programs for libraries serving children.
* Access to Library Services
--Objective (4): Provide access to innovative and collaborative models for community participation in library service to children.
What are your objectives, timetable, and assignments for work to do between now and the next committee/task force meeting?*: * Complete transition of Born to Read website to Every Child Ready to Read Ning.
* Brainstorm other partnership opportunities between Early Childhood Programs and Services and other ALSC Committees.
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Regularly scheduled ALA Connect discussions/chats
What type of research would relate and assist the work of your committee/task force and ultimately the implementation of the ALSC strategic plan?*: Unknown at this point.
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space.
Has the committee recently reviewed the function statement to ensure it meets the responsibilities of the priority group area and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *: Yes
For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Not applicable (primarily meet face-to-face)