Live Webinars

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What is a webinar?

One of ALSC's goals to provide children’s librarians with timely, educational and affordable professional development opportunities.  Because life in a library moves fast, ALSC's webinars are the perfect solution for someone who wants and needs educational information but doesn't have a lot of time or resources.  These short (one hour) interactive sessions taking place in Adobe Connect give librarians and library support staff the opportunity to learn right at their desks.  The only necessary tools are a computer and the internet.  Webinars are free and open to all. All webinars will be recorded and available in the archived webinars section of our website immediately following the live presentation.

Archived webinars are now free for members!

As of May 2016, archived webinars are available free and on-demand for ALSC members! For non-ALSC members, individuals pay only $25, and groups $195.  These webinars will not be offered again live, but you receive unlimited access to the recording with your ALSC membership or archived webinar purchase.

Upcoming webinars

Collection Development: Children's and Young Adult Books about Native Americans
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 12pm Eastern/11am Central
Dr. Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections.


Media Mentorship: Family Engagement in the 21st Century
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 2pm Eastern, 1pm
Claudia Haines, Homer Public Library, Chip Donohue, TEC Center at Erikson Institute, Tamara Kaldor, TEC Center at Erikson Institute

ALSC will collaborate with the child development experts of Erikson Institute’s TEC Center to present an engaging professional development webinar focused on innovative approaches to parent and family engagement as they relate to the use of technology and digital media within children’s library programming. The TEC Center approach is built on the NAEYC and Fred Roger’s Center’s Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Joint Position Statement and the 4Cs of technology integration – collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity – and embraces media mentorship as an aspect of librarianship. 
This webinar series will help the ALSC members think about how to use technology to develop environments for learning, playing and exploring and how to extend learning beyond the library walls for the whole child and the whole family. Creating a dynamic learning community around best practices in technology integration will strengthen the commitment to helping young children find their voice and thrive in a world where they will play many different roles during their lifetimes, and provide new tools and techniques for ALSC members who play an important role in children’s lives as Media Mentors.
Please note that this webinar will be offered through the Erikson Institute webinar platform in collaboration with ALSC, so ALSC's webinar policies may not apply.


So You Want to Get Published
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central

Julie Dietzel-Glair, Freelance Writer and Library Consultant; Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Executive Director, Mother Goose on the Loose; Kathy MacMillan, Writer, Librarian, Storyteller

Want to write a book or article but don't know where to start? Three published authors of resource books and articles for children's librarians will share the ins and outs of getting published in journals such as School Library Journal and with publishers such as ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited. Learn about the publishing opportunities that are out there for you, how to write a proposal, and how to get from idea to proposal. 


ALSC will be announcing more webinars soon! Please check back for more information about upcoming webinars.