ALSC Institute in Our Backyard

Mark your calendars now for the biennial American Library Services to Children Institute at the beautiful Emory Conference Center. This intensive program will run September 23-25, 2010. Rub elbows with Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, publishers, and movers and shakers of the library world. Registration is open now at

Program tracks include:
The Technology Factor
Transforming Gamers into Readers

Did you ever wonder how to entice gamers away from the video games and into the books? Join experts as they discuss diverse ways of presenting stories to children with a range of reading interests and learning styles. Participants will learn about the wide spectrum of ways that content is currently being presented, such as graphic novels on cell phones that have the appearance of animation, audio book recordings and books with a gaming component.

Presenters: Tim Ditlow, Brilliance Audio; Sara Berliner, ScrollMotion; other panelists TBA.

Digital Natives: How Technology Affects Their Learning

Listen to distinguished professors as they delve into the learning habits of children in the digital millennium. Participants will learn how technology has changed learning in the 21st century and how to relate this information to their libraries and classrooms.

Presenters: Amy Bruckman, Associate Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology (Friday); Ron Brown, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina (Thursday).

Children’s Literature-You Have to Read This
Diversity in Children’s Literature

Join moderator KT Horning and a distinguished panel of experts as they discuss diversity in children’s literature. Participants will then breakout into small groups for further discussion. Participants will gain insight into Latino, GLBTQ and International literature for children. Bibliographies will be provided for all participants.

Presenters: KT Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jamie Naidoo, Assistant & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama; additional presenters TBA.

Collection Development

Join Betty Carter, Professor Emeritus of Texas Woman’s University and distinguished colleagues as they share their wealth of collection development knowledge and experience. Participants will gain critical insights on how to balance a collection, evaluate children’s literature and learn about sources for forthcoming books. Bibliographies will be provided for all participants.

Presenters: Betty Carter, Professor Emeritus of Texas Woman’s University; Lisa von Drasek, Librarian, Bank Street College of Education; Thom Barthelmess, Curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University.

Programming and Partnerships Make the (Library) World Go Round

Storytelling: Alive and Well

Do you want to find new joy in your work through the art of storytelling? Or do you need to refresh your storytelling skills? Storyteller librarians Rita Auerbach and Linda Martin will model approaches to storytelling with an emphasis on using your strengths to tell stories in a manner that’s comfortable for you. Participants will be provided with helpful tips and diverse examples of sure-fire stories to tell.

Presenters: Rita Auerbach, Retired Librarian, Storyteller, and co-founder of the American Library Association’s Storytelling Discussion Group; Linda Martin, Storyteller and Media Specialist.
All for One: Community Partnerships

Kristen McLean, Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children, will moderate a panel on how school and public librarians can partner with their local independent bookstores for solutions to getting and keeping children reading, including authorless events, book fairs, and teacher/librarian “new title” presentation nights. Participants will come away with ideas on how to work together at a time when resources are scarce and partnerships are more important than ever.

Presenters: Kristen McLean, Director, Association of Booksellers for Children; Diane Capriola, co-owner of Little Shop of Stories; school librarian and public librarian TBA.

Workshops, is Verizon Foundation’s online literacy, education and technology initiative for educators, students and parents. supports librarians, media specialists and teachers with free, standards based materials. Participants will learn about this initiative and how to best utilize it in a media center and/or public library. Presenter: Missy Smith, Georgia Department of Education and trainer

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Discover and celebrate forty years of the Coretta Scott King Award Books. Learn about the history of this award, how one of the award-winning authors uses his art to connect people in our society, and how a collaborative effort helps to bring these award-winning books to children. Participants will then take part in a hands-on session on how to use these books in library programs.

Presenters: R. Gregory Christie, children’s book illustrator and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award recipient; Collette M. Hopkins, Director, Education and Family Programs, National Black Arts Festival; and Carolyn L. Garnes, Consultant, African-American Children’s Literature Specialist.

Museum and Library Collaboration

Museums and libraries are natural partners and collaboration is a wonderful way to expand programming and resources and a great way to advertise across venues. Topics covered will include learning about collaboration opportunities between museums and libraries and tips on how to begin the collaboration process. Sample collaborative programs will be provided.

Presenter: Elizabeth Hornor, Director of Education for the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Closing Session

Every Child Ready to Read

Susan Neuman, Professor, University of Michigan School of Education and member of the Ready to Read research team will discuss the literature review findings on the most recent research and the impact of Every Child Ready to Read. In addition, Ms. Neuman will share with participants the key findings and recommendations for how the program should evolve.

The following special events are included with your registration fee. Additional tickets are available for purchase for a spouse or traveling companion who wishes to attend the following events. Please refer to the registration brochure for pricing.

Special Events

Thursday Opening Dinner and Keynote | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Close out the first day of the Institute by having dinner with colleagues on Thursday evening. ALSC President Julie Corsaro will welcome attendees to Atlanta and introduce the evenings keynote speakers Carmen Agra Deedy and John McCutcheon. Most recently known for her 2008 Pura Belpré honor book, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, Carmen Agra Deedy’s witty storytelling is sure to amuse and delight. Also performing Thursday evening is folk music’s Renaissance man—John McCutcheon. A master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, McCutcheon has been hailed one of America’s most respected and loved folksingers.

Friday Morning “Breakfast for Bill” Program | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Friday morning will showcase the second “Breakfast for Bill” program, featuring father and son author/illustrator pair Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, and Caldecott-winning illustrator Brian Selznick with Scholastic Vice President and Creative Director of Trade Publishing David Saylor. Walter Dean Myers is a two-time Newbery Honor recipient, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. His son, Christopher Myers, is a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient.

The breakfast, included with registration, will honor the memory of William C. Morris, former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books, by bringing librarians together with children’s book creators. Morris was a long time ALSC member and friend, recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.

Friday Afternoon Author Luncheon | 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
As the recipient of numerous awards, including ALSC’s 2009 Wilder Award for lasting contribution to literature for children, Ashley Bryan is an icon in children’s literature. Join us for this inspirational luncheon with Bryan where he will share his experiences and enchant you with his stories. Bryan’s award-winning works span more than thirty years, including “Walk Together Children,” an ALA Notable Book in 1974 and “Beautiful Blackbird,” a Coretta Scott king Book Award Winner in 2004. In addition, he has received one other Coretta Scott King Book Award, six Coretta Scott King honors, the ALSC Arbuthnot Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award.

Friday Night Reception at the Center for Puppetry Arts | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Get a behind the scenes look at Center for Puppetry Arts at Friday night’s reception. This unique cultural treasure has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry performances. Both children and adults come away educated, enlightened and entertained. Refreshments will be served and transportation is provided.

Saturday Afternoon Optional Tours

The following tours are available for an additional fee. Please refer to the registration brochure for pricing.

Tour 1: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Michael C. Carlos Museum located on the Emory University campus. The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast’s premier art museums with major collections of Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Ancient American, African, and Asian art, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Box lunch is included.

Tour 2: Auburn Ave. Research Library on African-American Culture and History & Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site | 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a special guided tour of the Auburn Ave. Research Library. Containing collections on the history of slavery, race relations, the Civil Rights Movement, the holdings include the papers of prominent artists, including Ashley Bryan, educators, authors, business leaders, clergy, politicians, lawyers, and musicians. The collection contains approximately 250,000 photographs dating from 1859 and is guardian to more than 200 works of African and African American art. Then visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site for a self-guided tour.


About Curious Minds Welcome

Learner, teacher, maker, pet mom, 2007 Georgia Media Specialist of the Year.

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