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Jan 8, 2020

ALSC Releases Championing Children’s Services Toolkit
The Association for Library Service to Children recently released the Championing Children’s Services Toolkit.  The toolkit encompasses a variety of easy to use advocacy resources to empower children’s staff to engage their communities to build healthy successful futures for children.

Registration Open for 2020 National Library Legislative Day
The American Library Association (ALA) has opened registration for the 45th annual National Library Legislative Day, to be held May 4-5, 2020, in Washington, D.C. The deadline to register is March 31, 2020. Participation in the event is capped at 400 people, with registrations processed on a first-come, first-served basis. National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day event bringing together library advocates from across the country. Attendees will experience a full day of advocacy training. The following day, they will meet with their congressional leaders.

Primary Source Teaching Ideas from the Library of Congress
The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog can help you discover and discuss the most effective techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in the classroom. Teaching strategies, outstanding primary sources, lesson plans, teacher resources, and current thinking on effective classroom practice are all open for discussion. The Library of Congress has millions of primary sources available for free online. Teaching with primary sources is powerful way to help students engage with content, build their critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.

Resources to Make Sure Kids Count in 2020 Census
We Count Census Book and Toolkit WE COUNT! is an early childhood 2020 Census campaign intended to support families’ participation in the US Census, especially in hard-to-count communities. The centerpiece is a children’s counting book featuring illustrations of diverse American families by different artists, each representing their own cultural heritage. The book introduces civic engagement and explains how Census 2020 data is used, and how families benefit from being counted. A sample of the book is available on the WE COUNT! project website, along with information on planning a community event, and other ways to support family participation in the 2020 Census:

Application Period Open for 2020 ALA Leadership Institute
The application period for the 2020 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 2-6, 2020) is now open, with applications accepted through March 9, 2020. ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and Library and Leadership Consultant Kathryn Deiss will return to facilitate a four-day immersive leadership development program for mid-career librarians. Now in its eighth year, the Institute has earned a reputation as a transformative program for leadership development in the library community.

ALA Live Webcast to Reveal Next Classics in Children’s and YA Literature
On Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at 6 a.m. MT, the American Library Association (ALA) will announce its Youth Media Awards. Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe can follow the action live by visiting, Facebook Live, or following hashtag #alayma20. The ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

New Video from the U.S. Copyright Office
The US Copyright Office has a new video in the Learning Engine series called “Copyright on the Internet.” The video offers a list of the steps people should take to obtain permission before using someone else’s work. The video also discusses some of the common mistakes people make when trying to avoid infringement. In addition, viewers also get access to tools they can use to discover who holds a specific copyright.

Roxane Gay to serve as 2020 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair
Bestselling author, educator and cultural critic Roxane Gay is teaming up with the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to share her years of experience as a writer, storyteller and social commentator during Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, 2020. This year’s Preservation Week theme is “Preserving Oral History”, and participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public.

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