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 to two 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.  At $45 a session for ALSC members, $55 for non-members and $195 for groups, webinars are highly affordable, and because they're interactive, students get the benefit of sharing ideas with one another and networking from afar.  In case you couldn't make the live session, also available are select webinar archives for $25.  Please note that recorded versions are not available until all of the live sessions of that webinar have taken place.

 

Webcasts only $25

Webcasts are webinars that have already taken place, but are still available for only a fraction of the cost.  Individuals pay only $25, and groups $195.  These webinars will not be offered again live, but you receive unlimited access to the recording with purchase.  Please note that archives of current sessions are not available until all live sessions have taken place. 

Upcoming webinars

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015: 11 am Central, 12 pm Eastern
 
 
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? The library can help bridge this STEAM gap with programs and services developed with the intent of having a positive impact on every child who participates. Whether you're new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community.
 
Instructor: Amy Koester, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library
 
 
Thursday, April 2, 2015: 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern
 
 
Working on a shoestring to bring creative programming, an author or new books and media to your library? Apply for a grant! It sounds so easy! But how do you make your application "stand out" from the others? This program presents step-by-step grant writing techniques, how to match your need to a grant, and a wealth of available grant opportunities. A downloadable handbook will provide guidance for you and your library to "be a winner"!
 
This is a two-part webinar. Part I examines how a grant application is reviewed from the perspective from an ALSC Grants Award committee member and chair.  Rubrics, grammar, and adherence to application requirements are some of the topics covered. Part II shares valuable information and tips from a successful Youth Librarian on successful grant writing as well as case studies.  Learn how to evaluate your need, focus on the funder, build emotional impact, create innovative projects, and foster profitable relationships.  Learn how to bring a funder to his/her knees!
 
Instructors: Nancy Baumann, School Librarian and Author, and Lisa McClure, Community Engagement Manager, Brower County Libraries.
 
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015: 11 am Central, 12 pm Eastern
 
 
Working on a shoestring to bring creative programming, an author or new books and media to your library? Apply for a grant! It sounds so easy! But how do you make your application "stand out" from the others? This program presents step-by-step grant writing techniques, how to match your need to a grant, and a wealth of available grant opportunities. A downloadable handbook will provide guidance for you and your library to "be a winner"!
 
This is a two-part webinar. Part I examines how a grant application is reviewed from the perspective from an ALSC Grants Award committee member and chair.  Rubrics, grammar, and adherence to application requirements are some of the topics covered. Part II shares valuable information and tips from a successful Youth Librarian on successful grant writing as well as case studies.  Learn how to evaluate your need, focus on the funder, build emotional impact, create innovative projects, and foster profitable relationships.  Learn how to bring a funder to his/her knees!
 
Instructors: Nancy Baumann, School Librarian and Author, and Lisa McClure, Community Engagement Manager, Brower County Libraries.
 
 
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015: 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern
 
 
How do we mark milestones throughout the year? With photographs, when possible—but what about those moments that a camera can't capture? A poem is a verbal snapshot, words that freeze and share an experience. Poems can provide social connection, while building language skill, memory and empathy. In this webinar, we’ll model the use of poetry for celebrating more 150 holidays and occasions throughout the year (from Poem in Your Pocket Day to National Pet Week to Juneteenth to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day to World Bread Day), along with instructional strategies, cross-curricular connections, diversity dynamics, and collection development and programming tips. Led by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, we’ll weave together educator and poet perspectives and start a poetry celebration that can last all year long.
 
Instructors: Sylvia Vardell, Profeessor at Texas Women's University, and Janet Wong, Children's Poet