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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

Media Mentorship: Family Engagement in the 21st Century

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central
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. 

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 1: Ages and Stages in Early Literacy Programming
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central

Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Creator, Mother Goose on the Loose®; Pamela Hamlin, Family Literacy Specialist, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System; and Brooke Newberry, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library (WI)

What kind of programs can you offer for infants in your library? Should programming for two year olds look different than programming for five year olds? Discover these answers and more in this action packed webinar. We’ll be discussing different developmental stages from ages birth to five, how to program for different ages, and what it looks like in a real life library.


Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 2: Early Literacy Library Spaces
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central

Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Youth Services Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio; Brooke Newberry, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library (WI); and Sarah Stippich, Early Literacy Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia

Does your library have a dedicated early literacy space? Don’t think that you can’t fit one in! Children’s areas in libraries have blossomed in recent years, to incorporate innovative spaces and furnishings for play, exploration, and learning, in libraries from big to small. Learn how the library’s physical space and environment can impact early literacy skill building, and enjoy a showcase of successful library early literacy spaces.
Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 3: Early Literacy Outside the Library Walls
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12pm Eastern/11am Central

Kara Fennell Walker, Head of Youth Services, Geauga County Public Library (OH); Kristen Rocha, Manager, Early Childhood Education, New York Public Library; and Brooke Sheets, Senior Librarian, Children’s Literature Department, Los Angeles Public Library
Ready for a change of scenery? Expand your current early literacy efforts by reaching children, parents, and caregivers who aren’t already coming to the library. We'll learn how to use the five early literacy skills and outreach to help your library break down the walls of service and reach those who may not know they need it. Discover the tools and techniques to identify potential community partners, develop community relationships, and ways to share important library services.
Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 4: Early Literacy and STEAM
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central

Stephanie Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services, Fayetteville Free Library (NY); and Stephanie Saba, Senior Librarian, San Mateo County Libraries (CA)
STEAM subjects are exciting and have great potential to captivate young children. When you expose them to science and math at an early age you are building their confidence, and unleashing their potential.
Librarians and early childhood educators can step in to make STEM learning (a national priority) more playful, fun and hands-on. Webinar attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support Early Literacy and STEAM through programs, services, collections, and spaces.



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