Past Professional Development
Below are professional development topics from past ACL meetings as well as materials that were shared during the trainings, where available. Find additional professional development resources on our blog.
October 2019: Food Literacy: Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through Stories About Food
Philip Lee and June Jo Lee co-founded READERS to EATERS to promote food literacy by publishing stories about our diverse food cultures. To them food literacy means developing understanding on what and how we eat, and also promoting cultural literacy through something people of all cultures share everyday: Food! They have partnered with education and food organizations to connect book access and food access and will share stories on how they all work together to create a better community through food. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the company, which relocated from the Seattle area to San Francisco in 2018. More at readerstoeaters.com.
September 2019: Kathy Shepler concludes her presentation on the History of the Book (Part 2)
August 2019 2020 Institute Co-Chair, Sarah Jo Zaharako, will lead a round table discussion featuring former Institute chairs. The conversation will be helpful for any librarians tasked with organizing events and will draw attention to the inner workings of the ACL Institute. Members are encouraged to share ideas and experience.
July 2019 Members who attended the ALA Conference (June 20-25) will share their favorite sessions and events.
June 2019 Kathy Shepler will give a presentation on the History of the Book.
Penny Peck will give an update from her Infopeople Webinar “What’s New in Children’s Literature.” Here are the handouts:
April 2019 – ACL Institute instead of our regular meeting.
ALA Midwinter Roundup – Hear about the fun and inspiring events held at ALA Midwinter, including an overview of the Youth Media awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.).
As is our custom, the December professional development session is a deeper look at those books nominated for our annual Distinguished List, with a focus on books with a close tally of yes and no votes. We will also have a brief roundtable of reports from members who attended November’s California Library Association conference in Santa Clara.
It’s time again to bring a storytime favorite – song, fingerplay, participatory read-aloud, or other engaging activity, to share with the group.
ALSC Institute Roundup – anyone who is attending the ALSC Institute in Cincinnatti, Ohio in late September is welcome to describe the various speakers and presentations they experienced: http://www.ala.org/alsc/confevents/institute
And, we may have some members describe their attendance at JCLC (Joint Council of Librarians of Color).
Dashka Slater, author of the teen nonfiction book THE 57 BUS, will describe her writing process, journalism background, and work on this book which examined an incident between two teens in the Berkeley area that became a nationwide story on LGBTQ rights and trying a teen as an adult.
Jeanie Austin, a teen services librarian with San Francisco Public Library, will present their dissertation research which traces how past policies and processes that established white, middle-class, and hetero-normative conduct and knowledge as central to library services have worked—and continue to work—against youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth. It pulls from queer, feminist, poststructural, and critical theory to provide a model for how libraries can center youth made vulnerable to the state. This involves an interrogation of what representation does or can do in the current moment alongside the recognition that cultures within librarianship inhibit library access for youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth.
July 2018 – ALA Annual Roundtable
Amy Martin, Children’s Collection Manager at Oakland Public Library, will present about law enforcement representation in children’s books and more information about the toolkit she created on this topic.
Are you looking for new picture books to offer at your storytimes? Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs held for families, yet we often feature the “tried and true” books we have used for years. Penny Peck’s presentation will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, and books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness.
April 2018 – ACL Institute
Eva Volin, Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services for Alameda Free Library, will offer a presentation about manga. What is it? Who does it appeal to? How do we manage it in our collections?
December 2016: CLA Annual Roundtable Discussion
November 2016: Distinguished Mini Roundup
October 2016: Self-publishing is easier than ever, and can be particularly advantageous for people of who are non-white, LGBTQ, disabled, or otherwise represent diversity. Amy Martin will talk about evaluating self-published books and choosing quality titles representing diversity for your collection.
August 2016: Julie Barton, Ph.D. Early childhood development and children’s literature
July 2016: ALA Annual Roundtable Discussion and Institute Debrief
June 2016: ACL Institute 2016 – Race Matters: Practical Ways Libraries Can Celebrate All Youth
April 2016: Storytime Fundamentals: Adding Literacy Skills and Parent Involvement, presented by Penny Peck
March 2016: Guidelines for Discussing Diversity in Reviews
February 2016: ALA Midwinter Highlights
December 2015: Distinguished Books Mini Round-Up
November 2015: CLA Highlights
October 2015: Highlights from the annual Library Summer Camp event held at the Santa Clara Office of Education presented by Penny Peck.
September 2015: “Boogers, Books, and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” presented by Shana Barchas, Education Director at Children’s Fairyland
August 2015: Graphic Novels (and their Awesomeness) by Eva Volin
July 2015: ALA Annual Conference Highlights
June 2015: ACL Institute debrief and discussion
April 2015: ACL Institute 2015, ALL DUE RESPECT: A Dialogue on Diversity, Equity, and Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth
March 2015: Understanding gender/gender diversity, presented by Joel Baum, Senior Director at Gender Spectrum
February 2015: ALA Midwinter Highlights
January 2015: Censorship and Controversial Titles presented by Beth Wrenn-Estes, SLIS professor and ACL member. Handouts:
- Self-Censorship Presentation
- How the Mind of a Censor Works
- 2013-2014 List of Challenged or Banned Books
December 2014: CLA Highlights
November 2014: Distinguished Books Mini Round-Up
October 2014: 2014 ALSC Institute Highlights
September 2014: Round-robin discussion of 2014 summer reading programs
June 2014: Nonfiction Title Suggestions.
March 2014: ACL Institute 2014. Your Library is the Common Core: CCSS, STEM/STEAM, and How Libraries Fit in With the New Push Toward Non-fiction