Literacy Heroes & Global Libraries

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central

The important work of libraries is not exclusive to the United States. Literacy heroes all around the world are promoting global literacy, and many of them are advancing literacy in impoverished and neglected communities by creating libraries. Their stories offer a powerful learning opportunity for your students.

An online community provides its members the opportunities to explore and share information, as well as communicate with other members in a virtual space. The Literacy Heroes online community website was designed for individuals who wish to learn about the various types and methods of global literacy. An assortment of printed books and website articles often praise the striking architecture and abundance of resources offered by countless global libraries, but habitually fail to emphasize the unique work of improbable libraries and the literacy heroes who manage them. The Literacy Heroes online community website offers featured articles of the hard-working individuals who are spreading literacy to the impoverished communities of the world. From the Indonesian Don Quixote of literacy who brings books to children by horse to the Afghan bicycle library literacy hero educating the poor children of Bamiyan province, Literacy Heroes’ community members share these inspiring stories through the use of the community’s online forum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examples and Benefits of Learning about Global Libraries
  • Incorporating the Topic into Your Lessons
  • Resources for Teaching about Global Libraries

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Krista Welz

Krista Welz is a Library Media Specialist/Librarian in North Bergen High School, New Jersey. Being a lifelong resident of her town, she also worked for the town's public library for seven years as the Children’s Librarian. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and co-founder of Edcamp Urban. She was awarded Library Journal's 2017 Mover & Shaker EducatorIn March 2017, she was awarded as a Tech Troubadour Social Media Superstar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Krista also serves on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee.

Krista is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at New Jersey City University. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Educational Technology & Literacy Education Departments. She specializes in technology integration in schools and libraries.



Attendance during the live webinar is complimentary and open to all.

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How to Register

Register via Zoom. To join the webinar, use the personalized access link included in your registration confirmation or webinar reminders. (Review ALA’s personal data notification (PDN) before proceeding.)

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Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. email icon Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley
AASL Manager, Web Communications