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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

Series: Managing Children's Services

Part I: Communication in the Youth Services Department
Recording of archived webinar available here.
Kendra Jones, Children's Librarian, Member, Managing Children's Services Committee; Claudia Wayland, Youth Services Manager, Member, Managing Children's Services Committee

Learn why everyday communication is key in a successful department, and how you can be a more effective communicator.


Part II: Scheduling and Time Management in the Youth Services Department
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:30pm Eastern/11:30am Central

Megan Egbert, Youth Services Manager, Meridian Library District; Rachel Fryd, Youth Services Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia; Amanda Yother, Librarian, Park View Elementary School

Youth Service departments in libraries are busy. Programs, outreach, training, and much more. How do you manage the daily schedule of your department? This webinar will offer tips, tricks, and best practices from veteran Youth Services Managers who have had to deal with the dilemma that can be scheduling.
Part III: Managing Financials in a Youth Services Department
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12pm Eastern/11am Central
Lisa Kropp, Assistant Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library;; Krissy Wick, Member, Managing Children's Services Committee
A section of a four part webinar series designed to develop leadership and managerial skills among ALSC members, this webinar will focus on the ins and outs of budgeting, keeping track of departmental spending, the bigger picture of the library's budget, and how to ask for more money for youth services.
Part IV: Supervising the Youth Services Department
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12pm Eastern/11am Central

Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library; Lisa Kropp, Assistant Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library; Madeline Walton-Hadlock, Early Education Manager/Senior Librarian, San José Public Library
What does supervising mean anyway? Learn how to set goals, mentor staff, document information, and manage the performance of others in this introductory webinar to the ins and outs of supervising staff.
"Making" Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Megan Egbert, Youth Services Manager, Meridian Library District

We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning, but what can they do for literacy? This webinar will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your programs offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills, and including maker activities with traditional literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have traditionally targeted.



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