Online courses

 alsc online course logo2016 Courses

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to offer a variety of quality online education courses.  All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.  All courses are offered asynchronously (self-directed), meaning you won't need to log on at a specific time.

CEU-certified courses

ALSC is committed to offering CEU-certified online courses. This semester, ALSC is offering one CEU-certified course, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy. For more information on CEUs, please visit the FAQ section below.  If you have questions about CEUs please contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office.


It's Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration (6 weeks, January 4 - February 12, 2016)
Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison/Youth Services Librarian, Lake Villa District Library

Both schools and public libraries have the same goal to help people become lifelong learners and effective and efficient users of information. There are many mutual benefits of collaborating with your area public schools. You already have the same audience. Why don't you reach them more effectively and benefit all involved? We will look at past successful collaborations. You will have a toolkit of sample forms to help you reach out to your fellow school district and/or public library.
Instructor: Angela Young, Head of the Children's Department, Reed Memorial Library
Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same.  Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist.  Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages.
The Sibert Medal: Evaluating Books of Information (6 weeks, January 4 - February 12, 2016)
Instructor: KT Horning, Director, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.  This course will explore non-fiction books for children, and what makes these award winning books great. The class will also look at past winners of the Sibert Award to hone critical skills in nonfiction evaluation.



Check out our other upcoming awards course, presented by KT Horning!

Space is limited - register today!


Frequently asked questions

Are these self-directed courses or real time?  What is the time commitment involved?

All courses are offered asynchronously (self-directed).  A course may hold several synchronous chat sessions throughout the course; however, chat sessions are scheduled and announced at the start of the course.

Participants will be expected to log in to the online course and interact several times a week. This can include reading online, working on assignments, reading and responding to the discussion boards. Participants will be given weekly deadlines, but will be able to work at times that are most convenient to the student. 

What is Moodle?  I have never used it before.

Moodle is an effective online learning community that is Web-based.  You will not have to download any special software to use Moodle. 

The Web site is mainly for those developing courses in Moodle.   However, there is a course demonstration feature that shows students the Moodle environment utilizing Moodle itself. 

In the very first paragraph in the center frame (This site itself is created using Moodle, so check out the Moodle Demonstration Courses or read the latest Moodle Buzz.), click on “Moodle Demonstration Courses”.  You will then go to a Web page where you are able to explore a sample Moodle course that is the template for how most courses are structured and explanations for each of the areas.  Please visit this link to explore the Moodle environment and see if you think it is something you will be comfortable using.

After you have registered for an ALSC course, your instructor will send you a URL for the ALA online course environment about a week before the start of the session.  If you have not used Moodle before, you will need to create a Moodle account ( The login is not tied to your ALA user name and password.  Please set your email filter to allow mail from the domain as you will receive a confirmation email that is needed to complete setting up the account.  Your instructor will also provide you with an enrollment key that will allow you entry to the course.  You will then be able to access your course information, interact via discussion boards, and work with the instructor and other students.

Do you offer college credit or CEU's for these courses?

Select ALSC courses are CEU certified at this time.  Certification will be clearly listed on the course webpage.  If you have questions about whether or not a course is certified please contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office at or phone 800-545-2433 ext. 4026.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken regardless of the courses CEU availability.

Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits.  The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district.  If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility.  Some states will review your certificate of completion and course syllabus to determine eligibility.  A PDF copy of the syllabus can be provided to you upon request.

Cancellation & 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.

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, at   Transfers may not be made once a course has started.


Contact ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo, at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4026