Demonstrating ALSC Competencies

This will be a highly reflective class designed to help you find ways to demonstrate your competence in the youth services field to your administrators and/or possible employers throughout your job search. This is not to say that you are incompetent or need to prove yourself. It is just an organized way to look at your skill set.  But in a world of fewer job openings and amazing candidates, you awant to stand out. In a world of budget and position cuts for libraries, you want to prove your worth. In a world where you may feel like you are  expected to be good at everything, we provide resources and solid goals to organize your professional learning. The ALSC has developed a list of competencies that will help both employers and employees focus their professional development to best help youth patrons. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your work and make goals for improving in the near future. And your classmates will provide added support and feedback. Think about it almost like New Years resolutions, but for your professional life. Think about it as a practice interview where you can tweak your answers to perfection and get real feedback. Think about it as a guide to check your or your employee’s professional path and growth.
We will formulate solid goals and a plan to go with them to learn about and practice some of the competencies you are less familiar with or have not had a chance to demonstrate. We will work on several things each week: (1) submitting a portfolio artifact, (2) formulating a SMART goal, and (3) answering mock interview questions. We will focus on one or two competency sections each week. 
We will not be able to cover everything during the scope of this class, but this should get you in the habit of identifying your strengths and showcasing them, and identifying your professional needs and figuring out how to meet them. Hopefully, you will continue this new habit to demonstrate all competencies and develop an outstanding portfolio. No one will be an expert on everything, but there are always ways to improve your professional skills.
This is a six week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of April 3, 2017.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will include competencies in their online portfolio.
  • Students will practice answering and refining (based on feedback) interview questions that are competency-based.
  • Students will formulate a plan to meet SMART goals based on achieving competency in the different sections of the ALSC Competencies document.
  • Understand the competencies and how they impact library service to children Be able to apply the core competencies to your own daily library work.

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians at the beginning of their careers or mid-career, or for administrators looking to support staff development and goal setting.


Rachel Reinwald is a youth services librarian/school liaison at Lake Villa District Library (IL). She has a master's from Dominican University and a Bachelor's English, Secondary Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has written for School Library Journal, Booklist, and Library Sparks and freelances for several other publications.



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet access

Credits or CEUs

A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Rachel Reinwald.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.