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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.  Live 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!

Archived webinars are now 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.

Managing Children’s Services: Strategic Planning in the Youth Services Department
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Megan Egbert, District Programs Manager, Meridian Library District; Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Youth Services Manager, George Latimer Central Library

The phrase "strategic planning" is frequently tossed around in libraries, but what does it really mean? And how does it pertain to youth services? In this webinar, participants will learn about the importance of strategic planning, what different planning processes may look like, how to involve youth services in the strategic planning process, and how to apply these processes to create a more successful youth services department. This webinar is part of a series hosted by the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee.
 

From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning - Part 1
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central

Claudia Haines, Youth Services Librarian and media mentor at the Homer Public Library (Alaska); J. Elizabeth Mills, PhD Candidate and Beverly Cleary Research Assistant, University of Washington Information School

In the age of media mentorship, how do children's librarians and educators know which new media to share with families? In this two part webinar series, four experts, including librarians and educators, will offer tips and strategies for identifying high quality new media (for ages 14 and under) that supports learning, literacy, inclusion, and family engagement.

Part 1:
New Media, Media Literacy, and Media Mentorship in the Library
The Right Media for the Job: Considering the How, When, Where and Why
Inclusion & Diversity in New Media: KIDMAP Toolkit and Evaluation Checklist
 
 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central
Warren Buckleitner, Educational Psychologist; Tamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute
 
In the age of media mentorship, how do children's librarians and educators know which new media to share with families? In this two part webinar series, four experts, including librarians and educators, will offer tips and strategies for identifying high quality new media (for ages 14 and under) that supports learning, literacy, inclusion, and family engagement.
 
Part 2:
What does high quality look like? Tips for Evaluating Story and Game Apps
The Art of the Selection: Choosing Great Tech Tools for Making and Creating


Managing Children's Services: Program Evaluation

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central

Laura Koenig, Team Leader for Children’s Services, Boston Public Library’s Central Library; Amanda Yother, Librarian, Park View Elementary School, Cookeville, Tennessee

Explore methods to evaluate library programs that take you beyond attendance numbers and surveys. We'll look at ways to gather meaningful feedback from both children and their caregivers. And finally, we'll share ideas for how you can use the information you gather in your program evaluations. This is one in a series of webinars presented by the Managing Children's Services Committee.

 
Managing Children's Services: Employee Engagement
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central

Liz Fraser, Director of Public Services, Madison Public Library; Krissy Wick, Coordinator of Children’s Services, Belmont (MA) Public Library
 
Learn how to retain and motivate staff by creating a positive workplace culture. This proposal is part of a webinar series hosted by the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee.

 

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