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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 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.

Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central
Elsa Ouvrard-Prettol, Library and Media Instructor, Natomas Charter School
Summer is a critical time for children, and according to research from the National Summer Learning Association, children can lose up to 3 months of their school year learning during this time. Libraries have long embraced their role in the summer learning landscape, and more and more are adding in critical out of school time learning that align to 21st Century Learning Skills, Common Core State Standards or even Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, NSLA has embraced libraries as valuable community hubs of summer learning and this webinar will talk about the ways in which NSLA can support libraries in the summertime. Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.


Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Laura Koenig, Team Leader for Children's Services, Central Library of the Boston Public Library; Maria (Pontillas) Shackles, Branch Manager, Tacoma Public Library; Krissy Wick, Director of Public Services, Madison Public Library
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.


It's Not Your Imagination... Identity Conversations Really Are Different Today
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12pm Eastern/11am Central
Jen Cort, Educational Consultant
Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. Not long ago if we admitted we had bias it was quickly linked to being discriminatory causing a complete rejection of the conversation often worded as "But I am a good person so I can't be biased". We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased.
At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. Most middle schoolers do not remember before it was legal to be gay or lesbian and be married, before we had a black president, or before black lives matter. Most elementary schoolers do not remember a time before the resurgence of the women's movement, 'transgender' was a commonly used word, and before commercials and all forms of media cast people of multiple races, ethnicities, family constellations, and more. This course will explore all of these frameworks and more!


Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children's Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1pm Eastern/12pm Central
Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services, Information School, University of Washington; J. Elizabeth Mills, PhD Candidate and Beverly Cleary Research Assistant
We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people. ​​​​​


Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Early Childhood Development
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Helen Frazier, Director of Early Childhood, NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
The way children learn and develop affects everything we do in the library. From collection development to program planning, it is vital that we understand how our children learn and grow in order to provide the best possible programs and services for them.  Attendees will learn about the different stages and phases of early childhood development from an expert and then explore ways to put that knowledge into practice.


Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Music Activities to Support Engagement and Understanding
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Abigail Connors, Music Educator, Writer, Presenter
Music activities are more than fun! They're a natural, developmentally appropriate way to build auditory processing skills, auditory memory, and other skills critical to early language and literacy. When children are actively engaged in helping to tell a story with music, their literary experience is more meaningful and empowering. Learn how to use the power of music to increase children's involvement and focus.


Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Dr. Jessica Dym Bartlett, Child Trends; Dr. Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Child Trends; Stephanie Smallwood, Springfield-Greene County Library District; Susan Spicer, Salt Lake County Library
Librarians and early childhood educators are always looking ahead and responding to the current needs of their communities, including the provision of meaningful programming and services to our refugee and immigrant families. Join Jessica Dym Bartlett, Ph.D and Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, Ph.D to learn more about the challenges young children and their families face when leaving their home countries, including the trauma associated with family separations and strategies to support them.


Where the Wild Things Learn and Play
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Jen Abler, Youth Services Department Head, Oak Lawn Public Library; Ellen Fitzgerald, Children’s Services Supervisor, Naperville Public Library; Christy Kepler, Head of Youth Services, Oswego Public Library; Anne Luzeniecki, Youth Services Manager, Helen Plum Library Lombard
Are you trying to build a world of imagination without inciting a wild rumpus? Does your play environment foster skills for early literacy or for the monkey bars? Four Youth Services departments will lead a discussion of play space design and management. Bring your hits, your misses, and your burning questions to this informative exchange of ideas. A list of recommended vendors and play items will be provided.

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.



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!