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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.

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.

Work Hard, Play Harder: An Insider’s Guide to Not So Passive Programs
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12pm Eastern/11am Central
Kerry Bailey, Tween Librarian, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Emily Mroczek (Bayci), Children's Librarian, Naperville Public Library; Jessica Rodrigues, Head of Youth Services, Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library; Tina Ruszala, Youth aand Teen Services Department Head, Palos Heights Public Library
Passive programs can be a librarian’s dream or nightmare- less work during the program, but limited interaction with customers. A successful program can also prove difficult to track participation. Join a panel of experienced youth services librarians as they tackle the definition of a passive program, how to track participation and share fun examples of ways to engage staff, customers, and children.


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!