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What is a webinar?

One of ALSC's goals is 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 Zoom give librarians and library support staff the opportunity to learn right at their desks.  The only necessary tools are a computer and the internet.  Live webinars are free and open to all. All webinars will be recorded and available in the archived webinars section of our website following the live presentation.

Archived webinars are free for ALSC members!

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

Live webinars are free and open to all.

New Media and Preschool Services - Practical Applications
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Carissa Christner, Youth Services Librarian, Madison Public Library; Francesca de Freitas, Children's Librarian, Vancouver Public Library; Laura Jenkins, Library Services Clerk, Huntington Beach Public Library
In our first webinar, we covered the research behind new media and preschool services - screen time, co-viewing, and evaluation of media for preschoolers. In this follow-up, we’ll focus on practical application: what do digital storytimes look and sound like? how are other libraries implementing their digital storytimes and other media programs for preschool? what apps, tools, and other resources are libraries using? 
Three public libraries will share their format, tools, and resources for facilitating digital storytimes, with sample plans and tech suggestions. After this webinar, you will be prepared to plan, promote, and present your own digital storytime for preschool audiences.

Inclusive Technology for Babies to Teens in the Library
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Jennifer Taggart, Assistant Department Head of Youth Services, Bloomfield Township Public Library (Michigan), Accessibility Services Speaker & Consultant
An easy-to-understand overview of accessibility software/online programs, (free) adapted book sites, and assistive technology aids (adaptive mice, etc.) for youth of all abilities, including an overview of current apps geared to developing vital skills. Participants will also learn about adaptive technology for babies and toddlers that will make your play programs more inclusive of children with mobile disabilities.

Translated Books For Youth: Celebrating the Batchelder Award--Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Tessa Schmidt, Public Library Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
​​​​​​​What gives a translated book that je ne sais quoi? Is it the act of reading a book that could be read by someone else on the other side of the globe? Or is it the exciting flavor of a book that was originally written in a language other than English, for an audience other than children in America? Or is it that special quality that allows a reader to have a window, mirror, or sliding door to a global peer?  The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding translated book of the year. This award was conceived in 1966 and honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. Her life's work was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages." After decades of steady, but small numbers of submissions for this award, the ALSC Board commission a task force in 2017 to evaluate the evolution of the award. Approved recommendations resulted in modest but critical changes to the criteria that better reflect modern publishing practices and alignment with ALSC Core Values. This webinar, led by the 2019 Batchelder Chair and Member of the Batchelder Evolution Task Force, will provide a brief overview of current publishing practices, a review of the criteria changes, a look at Batchelder winners, and a sampling of ways in which a brighter spotlight can be shone on these special titles.



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

In the meantime, check out our vast collection of on-demand archived webinars - free for ALSC members!