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Discussion Thanks for your interest in the ALSC Blog

by Teresa Walls on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 05:07 pm

Hello!

The ALSC Blog is a volunteer group of ALSC members who write items of interest to children's librarians and other people who are interested in library service to children. ALSC Bloggers are asked to post at least once a month.

The ALSC Blog manager (also an ALSC member but who receives a stipend) maintains the site, recruits ALSC bloggers, and ensures there are at least three posts a week.

If you want to know more about becoming an ALSC Blogger, please comment here or send an email to alscblog@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Hello!

The ALSC Blog is a volunteer group of ALSC members who write items of interest to children's librarians and other people who are interested in library service to children. ALSC Bloggers are asked to post at least once a month.

The ALSC Blog manager (also an ALSC member but who receives a stipend) maintains the site, recruits ALSC bloggers, and ensures there are at least three posts a week.

If you want to know more about becoming an ALSC Blogger, please comment here or send an email to alscblog@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Teresa Walls

Manager, ALSC Blog 

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Discussion ARCs, Book Reviews and the ALSC Blog Policy

by Teresa Walls on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

I received an offer of an ARC. I plan to respond with the following:

That is very nice of you to offer an ARC to the ALSC Blog. However, what with the ALSC awards and all the other blogs which review books, we don't typically review books. The ALSC book and media submission process is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/pubinfo.cfm

 

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I received an offer of an ARC. I plan to respond with the following:

That is very nice of you to offer an ARC to the ALSC Blog. However, what with the ALSC awards and all the other blogs which review books, we don't typically review books. The ALSC book and media submission process is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/pubinfo.cfm

 

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I wanted to bring this up here to allow for further discussion since there is nothing official about book reviews on the ALSC Blog Policy. The Blog policy regarding Blog Content states, " The Blog Manager with direction from the ALSC Executive Committee will determine specific topics appropriate for blogging." My feeling has always been that ALSC bloggers should feel fine about mentioning books that work well for them in particular programs or have moved them to the point to discuss it on the Blog. While I don't want to split hairs about what could possibly be defined as a book review by adding a clause to the ALSC Blog policy, I don't feel comfortable accepting ARCs on behalf of the ALSC Blog. I appreciate your thoughts regarding this.

Thanks! Teresa 

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Discussion A Posting Schedule Helpful or Not? ALSC Blogger page question

by Teresa Walls on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 05:16 pm

Quite honestly, I am not in favor of creating a schedule to tell ALSC members who are volunteering when they need to post. I much prefer a system that allows you to post when you have the time, energy and inspiration.

Quite honestly, I am not in favor of creating a schedule to tell ALSC members who are volunteering when they need to post. I much prefer a system that allows you to post when you have the time, energy and inspiration.

 However, if you feel you would work better with a schedule, I can do that although I am uncomfortable about what would seem to me to be badgering. I also have mixed feelings about having a list of ALSC Bloggers who don't at least contribute more than once a month. But then, I have also heard from readers of the ALSC blog who like to have information about anyone who has posted, regardless of the number of posts.

What say you? If someone who is listed as an ALSC Blogger hasn't posted anything new in six months, should their name be removed but they keep author status when they find the time to post? Or does it really matter who is listed under "ALSC Blogger"?

 How strict should we be about a schedule for ALSC members who are volunteering to write?  

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Discussion ALSC Blog and Facebook -- please add your name to the beginning of your post

by Teresa Walls on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:53 am

The ALSC Facebook account adds the posts from the ALSC Blog. A great way to get the word out -- thanks, Jenny! However, the tags don't show up there. Consequently, readers via Facebook don't know who the writer is. Please add your name either to the beginning or at the end of your entry to the ALSC Blog unless it is an entry that is more from the ALSC organization as an entity.

Discussion Blogging for yourself or your library

by Teresa Walls on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 08:44 am

Blogging is such a wonderful outreach for libraries and librarians about library-related activities and thoughts. Since this ALA Connect community is open to everyone who is interested in the ALSC Blog, I thought it might be nice to have a thread to allow people to comment on their own blogging experience/ideas/questions/problems.

Discussion Avoding Amazon links and other links to for-profit sites

by Teresa Walls on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 05:36 pm

When the ALSC Blog links to a for-profit site, is it considered an endorsement? I am reluctant to make a broad statement to restrict us from linking to sites that are selling something. After all, we all have to buy things to have items for our communities.

When the ALSC Blog links to a for-profit site, is it considered an endorsement? I am reluctant to make a broad statement to restrict us from linking to sites that are selling something. After all, we all have to buy things to have items for our communities.

What do you say about avoiding Amazon and using OCLC, or Good Reads or Library Thing or other library catalogs to link to items to which we refer? At least there are more than one purchasing option if any. Publishers, of course, are in the business of selling. If we do link to publisher sites, it is only fair to link to the publisher site for all the books. 

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Discussion Suggestions for ALSC Blog Podcast topics

by Teresa Walls on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 04:54 pm

I would like to offer a monthly podcast for the ALSC Blog. Based on informal surveys of friends, I decided to include a transcript of the podcast with the audio file. This tends to be more time-consuming, but I believe it may reach more people this way.

 I try to keep the podcasts under 25 minutes.

I'd like to offer a variety of topics and people. I'm open to other interested ALSC members recording the audio for podcasts. I would still be available to edit the audio and type the transcript.

 

Thoughts? Suggestions? 

Online Doc ALSC Blog Policy

by Jenny Najduch (staff) on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 03:30 pm

The mission of the ALSC Blog and the ALSC Bloggers community is to provide a venue for coverage of time sensitive news in children’s librarianship, current issues in the field, and programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of interest to ALSC members and those interested in children’s librarianship.

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