National Institute is a biennial learning opportunity with a youth services focus, produced by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Designed for front line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults, it is one of the only conferences devoted to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. This year’s Institute feature dynamic general sessions, a variety of education programming, and a number of virtual networking sessions.

This Institute’s Task Force not only worked to create a dynamic event in Minneapolis, but quickly pivoted to produce an exciting virtual experience. Given the work that wen into highlighting the Minneapolis and Minnesota, more broadly, the Task Force also transitioned much of their space-specific work into a virtual environment: you can purchase books for your library from a local, woman-owned and -operated bookstore, Red Balloon Bookshop: you can learn about some great organizations working with young people in Minneapolis; you can learn about Minnesota Indigenous communities through Institute’s Land Acknowledgement.

ALSC is grateful for its sponsors, who help make Institute possible. Check out the Sponsors page, which includes links to some truly excellent programming and publishing initiatives!

Interested in learning more about ALSC? Read about ALSC’s work and the benefits of membership!

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