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What is an Archived Webinar?

Archived webinars that have already taken place are available on-demand and can be watched at any time. These webinars will not be offered again live, but you receive unlimited access to the recording with your ALSC membership or webinar archive purchase.


Archived webinars are free for ALSC members, and available for non-members at only $25 per individual, and $195 for groups.  If you're not an ALSC member, save on future online education purchases by becoming a member today. Contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office with questions.

Archived Webinars Available for On-Demand Viewing

Be A Winner: Inspired Youth Grant Writing
Working on a shoestring to bring creative programming, an author or new books and media to your library? Apply for a grant! It sounds so easy! But how do you make your application "stand out" from the others? This program presents step-by-step grant writing techniques, how to match your need to a grant, and a wealth of available grant opportunities. A downloadable handbook will provide guidance for you and your library to "be a winner"!

This is a two-part webinar. Part I examines how a grant application is reviewed from the perspective from an ALSC Grants Award committee member and chair.  Rubrics, grammar, and adherence to application requirements are some of the topics covered. Part II shares valuable information and tips from a successful Youth Librarian on successful grant writing as well as case studies.  Learn how to evaluate your need, focus on the funder, build emotional impact, create innovative projects, and foster profitable relationships.  Learn how to bring a funder to his/her knees!
Instructors: Nancy Baumann, Lisa McClure

Best Practices for Apps in Storytimes
Parents are faced with ever-expanding media options to share with their children, and many children’s librarians are beginning to incorporate apps and eBooks for young children into their collections and programming to satisfy the growing need for reader's advisory in the app space ("Appvisory"). This webinar will explore why and how incorporating digital media into our collections and programming is now an essential part of children’s librarianship, and tips and tricks for translating traditional storytelling techniques into the digital realm.​
Instructor: Cen Campbell

Between Storytime and the Prom: Tween Programming Fills the Gap
Would you like to establish or enhance tween programming at your library? In this webinar, we’ll discuss key elements of successful tween events and how to promote your programs and manage registration, group size, and materials. We’ll look at tried and true tween events in detail, including planning checklists, handouts, and specific activity outlines. You’ll finish this webinar ready to put some of our ideas into practice for tweens in your community as well as develop new tween programming ideas on your own! .
Instructor: Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Head of Youth Services, Middleton (Wis.) Public Library

Bringing PLUM LANDING to Your Library and Community
Libraries are evolving with the digital age, replacing stacks of paper books with digital community spaces. PLUM LANDING, a digital project produced by WGBH for PBS KIDS', provides a unique opportunity for harnessing the opportunities libraries provide as a source of digital access as well as on-site STEM learning and community engagement. The PLUM LANDING web site is rich in STEM-and NGSS-based resources to help kids learn about the environment and inspire them to be caretakers of the planet. Hear how public libraries have incorporated the PLUM LANDING resources into their library programming for kids 6- to 9-years-old to create fun, engaging programs and events focused on environmental science learning, the use of digital technology, and an appreciation of nature. Brianne Keith, Outreach Manager with the WGBH Education Department and Rebecca Fox, Children's Librarian of the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library co-present.
Instructors: Rebecca Fox, Brianne Keith

Building STEAM with Día: The Whys and Hows to Getting Started
Did you know that minorities are underrepresented in STEAM education and professional fields, and that children of color routinely score below their white peers in math and science? The library can help bridge this STEAM gap with programs and services developed with the intent of having a positive impact on every child who participates. Whether you're new to STEAM or have offered STEAM programs before, this webinar will equip you with tools and resources to ensure that your STEAM programming reaches the full spectrum of your community.
Instructor: Amy Koester

C is for Common Core and Collection Development
“C” is for Common Core State Standards and Collection development with practical application in public libraries, big or small: We will break down the Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing to understand what the expectations are for our elementary students and how we as librarians can support and enrich their learning. I'll share titles, new and classics, that align with Common Core and give examples of practical, fun activities to do with kids after reading the books. We will "decode" the language of the standards and put them into terms that librarians, educators, and parents can easily understand.​
Instructor: Kristen Remenar

Celebrating with Poetry Snapshots
How do we mark milestones throughout the year? With photographs, when possible—but what about those moments that a camera can't capture? A poem is a verbal snapshot, words that freeze and share an experience. Poems can provide social connection, while building language skill, memory and empathy. In this webinar, we’ll model the use of poetry for celebrating more 150 holidays and occasions throughout the year (from Poem in Your Pocket Day to National Pet Week to Juneteenth to International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day to World Bread Day), along with instructional strategies, cross-curricular connections, diversity dynamics, and collection development and programming tips. Led by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, we’ll weave together educator and poet perspectives and start a poetry celebration that can last all year long.
Instructors: Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong

Closing the Word Gap: How a Museum/Library/Research Partnership Created Community Impact through Parent Education
How can collaborations between researchers, museums, and libraries create impact in the community? How can libraries serve as effective sites for parent education? Staff from Chicago Children's Museum and the Thirty Million Words Initiative will illustrate how they partnered with the Chicago Public Library to translate research-based messaging into a public exhibit (The 3T's: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns) aimed at empowering parents and closing the word gap. Participants will gather insights on how to build effective partnerships, how to effectively reach parents, and how to strike a balance between providing information and hands-on interaction.
Instructors: Natalie Bortoli, Elizabeth Hanson-McChesney, Jennifer Farrington, Beth Suskind

Collection Development: Children's and Young Adult Books about Native Americans
Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a  21st  century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections.
Instructor: Debbie Reese

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 1: Ages and Stages in Early Literacy Programming
What kind of programs can you offer for infants in your library? Should programming for two year olds look different than programming for five year olds? Discover these answers and more in this action packed webinar. We’ll be discussing different developmental stages from ages birth to five, how to program for different ages, and what it looks like in a real life library.
Instructors: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Brooke Newberry, Pamela Hamlin

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 2: Early Literacy Library Spaces
Does your library have a dedicated early literacy space? Don’t think that you can’t fit one in! Children’s areas in libraries have blossomed in recent years, to incorporate innovative spaces and furnishings for play, exploration, and learning, in libraries from big to small. Learn how the library’s physical space and environment can impact early literacy skill building, and enjoy a showcase of successful library early literacy spaces.
Instructors: Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Brooke Newberry, Sarah Stippich 

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 3: Early Literacy Outside the Library Walls
Ready for a change of scenery? Expand your current early literacy efforts by reaching children, parents, and caregivers who aren’t already coming to the library. We'll learn how to use the five early literacy skills and outreach to help your library break down the walls of service and reach those who may not know they need it. Discover the tools and techniques to identify potential community partners, develop community relationships, and ways to share important library services.
Instructors: Kara Fennell Walker, Kristen Rocha, Brooke Sheets 

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 4: Early Literacy and STEAM
STEAM subjects are exciting and have great potential to captivate young children. When you expose them to science and math at an early age you are building their confidence, and unleashing their potential.

Librarians and early childhood educators can step in to make STEM learning (a national priority) more playful, fun and hands-on. Webinar attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support Early Literacy and STEAM through programs, services, collections, and spaces.
Instructors: Stephanie Prato, Stephanie Saba

Every Child Ready to Read—New conversations on research, relationships and partnerships
Every Child Ready to Read ® @ your library® (ECRR) continues a commitment to research and introduces a powerful concept of constrained and unconstrained skill sets to our conversations with parents and caregivers. The 2nd edition utilizes natural language and a flexible format to encourage a more interactive way for library staff to work with caregivers and to create new ways for parents to interact with their children.  Community and staff partnerships are a staple of ECRR, and in our 90 minute webinar we will discuss research, new ways to relate to our customers, partners and community members using the new tools provided by ECRR.
Instructor: Elaine Meyers 

Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: How to Evaluate and Identify Literature Portraying Individuals with Disabilities
Gaining empathy for characters with disabilities in different cultural settings can help readers become better global citizens by increasing their understanding of disability-related challenges worldwide. Yet, discussions on diversifying collections tend to focus on race/ethnicity, and do not always include this aspect of diversity. A novelist, librarian and educator will team up to present suggestions on ways to create a welcoming library environment for readers with disabilities; evaluating the authenticity of books with characters with disabilities; building up collections that include books featuring characters with disabilities; going beyond tropes. So the presenters will discuss:

a. Creating a welcoming library environment for individuals with disabilities
b. Some evaluation criteria for authenticity (tropes and going beyond them, etc.)
c. Suggestions on criteria to include (or think about) when building and expanding collections (intersectionality, international perspectives, graphic novels, verse novels, etc.)
d. Examples of several suggested books and resources and lists.
The session will end by presenting a list of resources that attendees can draw from in the future.
Instructors: Carrie Banks, Padma Venkatraman

Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: Programming and Activities
A novelist, librarian and educator will team up to present suggestions on engaging and encouraging readers to increase their literacy and sensitivity through writing activities and close reading. Carrie Banks will demonstrate how she uses literature, research, models, class discussion and demonstrations to help readers understand an aspect of the disability experience. Based on her work at the Pratt Institute, she will sketch a character development project that involves developing avatars with disabilities based on readings of children’s and YA fiction about disabilities. Sara Kersten will share how the graphic format of El Deafo gave voice to the different ways of being that people with hearing loss have to navigate in a society that privileges ability, and demonstrate how, through the use of anthropomorphized rabbits and various ways of depicting hearing through speech bubbles, her hearing students had an opportunity to become witness to and live an experience outside their own. Finally, Padma Venkatraman, award-winning author of A Time to Dance (a critically acclaimed ALA notable book set in South Asia, featuring a female protagonist who is disabled), will address her experiences as a writer and will provide questioning frameworks, critical thinking strategies, research activities, writing tips, book pairing ideas and other resources to increase comprehension of international attitudes and perspectives on disability. The session will end by listing further resources and offering links to discussion guides, lesson plans and handouts with suggested activities.
Instructors: Sara Kersten, Padma Venkatraman

From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning - Part 1
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
Instructors: Claudia Haines, J. Elizabeth Mills

From Apps to Robots: How to Evaluate Digital Media for Literacy Learning - Part 2
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
Instructors: Warren Buckleitner, Educational Psychologist; Tamara Kaldor, Assistant Director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute

Get Involved with ALSC: Navigating Opportunities within the Organization
Did you know ALSC has a myriad of volunteer opportunities, both virtual and in-person and local and national? Learn how to become appointed or elected to a committee, write for the ALSC blog or Children & Libraries, teach a course or webinar, or participate in ALSC activities in your region. Both new and long-term ALSC members will learn something new from this webinar hosted by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, ALSC President-Elect.
Jamie Campbell Naidoo, ALSC President-Elect
How Libraries can use Literature to Support Family Engagement in Children's Social and Emotional Learning
Research shows that libraries are trusted spaces within communities and are therefore uniquely positioned to engage families in meaningful experiences that support children’s learning both inside and outside of school (Lopez, Caspe, McWilliams, 2016). One way that libraries can do this is by using literature to inspire dialogue with children and families about the importance of developing and practicing Life Skills.
Instructors: Jennifer DuBois, Maria Pizano

How to Write Successful ALSC Webinar and Course Proposals
Have you ever thought about teaching a course or presenting a webinar for ALSC but didn’t know where to begin? Then this is the presentation for you! Taught by current members of the ALSC Education Committee, participants will learn the differences between webinars and course proposals, how to submit successful proposals, and topics of high interest to those working with children in libraries and schools.  As a result of your participation, you will be able to turn your ideas into strong proposals and get started with teaching for ALSC!
ALSC Education Committee Members: Danielle Hartsfield, Rachel Reinwald, and Barbara Spears

Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity
Readers need books by and about all people to teach us about who we are and who we might become. The Notable Books for a Global Society strives to brings books by and about all people to students readers. Librarians are instrumental in making that happen. We invite you to explore the newly awarded 2018 NBGS collection in this webinar.
Instructors: Dr. Renita Schmidt and Fran Wilson

Maker Programming for Kids: No Makerspace Required
Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski, two traditionally educated, but not traditionally centered children's librarians introduce maker-based programming to librarians of all experience levels and tech-savviness. Maker, today's DIY, encourages collaboration among participants regardless of library programming budget or designated Makerspace availability. The Maker Movement encompasses self-production of technology, crafts and more. In addition to a multitude of programming ideas, attendees will share a step-by-step, hands-on experience. Cindy and Lynn are co-authors of the upcoming The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Youth Library Programs published by Libraries Unlimited.
Instructors: Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski

"Making" Readers: How the Maker Movement Can Impact Literacy
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 literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted.
Instructor: Megan Egbert

Managing Children's Services: Communication in the Youth Services Department
Learn why everyday communication is key in a successful department, and how you can be a more effective communicator.
Instructors: Kendra Jones and Claudia Wayland

Managing Children's Services: Employee Engagement
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.
Instructors: Sarah Wethern and Krissy Wick

Managing Children's Services: Managing Financials in the Youth Services Department
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.
Instructors: Lisa Kropp and Krissy Wick

Managing Children's Services: Program Evaluation
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.
Instructors: Laura Koenig, Amanda Yother, Librarian

Managing Children's Services: Scheduling and Time Management in the Youth Services Department
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.
Instructors: Megan Egbert, Rachel Fryd and Amanda Yother

Managing Children’s Services: Strategic Planning in the Youth Services Department
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.
Instructors: Megan Egbert, Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser

Managing Children's Services: Supervising the Youth Services Department
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.
Instructors: Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Lisa Kropp, and Madeline Walton-Hadlock

Math Counts: Using Math in Early Literacy Programming
Many librarians are comfortable incorporating basic math principles in story time, such as counting, number recognition, and shapes, but what other ways can you incorporate mathematics into your regular story time routine? Join JoAnna Schofield, Cuyahoga County Public Library children’s librarian and former mathematics teacher, to explore easy (and cheap!) ways to explore computation, spatial awareness, geometry, measurement, data collection and interpretation, and more!
Instructor: JoAnna Schofield

Media Mentorship: Family Engagement in the 21st Century
ALSC collaborates with the child development experts of Erikson Institute’s TEC Center to present an engaging professional development webinar focused on innovative approaches to parent and family engagement as they relate to the use of technology and digital media within children’s library programming. The TEC Center approach is built on the NAEYC and Fred Roger’s Center’s Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Joint Position Statement and the 4Cs of technology integration – collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity – and embraces media mentorship as an aspect of librarianship.

This webinar will help the ALSC members think about how to use technology to develop environments for learning, playing and exploring and how to extend learning beyond the library walls for the whole child and the whole family. Creating a dynamic learning community around best practices in technology integration will strengthen the commitment to helping young children find their voice and thrive in a world where they will play many different roles during their lifetimes, and provide new tools and techniques for ALSC members who play an important role in children’s lives as Media Mentors.
Instructors: Claudia Haines, Chip Donohue, Tamara Kaldor

Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth: A Primer
The ALSC Board recently adopted the white paper "Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth." What does media mentorship mean, and how does it fit in with the types of services libraries have historically offered children and families? This webinar will explore the current landscape of children, new media, and libraries before examining what it means to continue to support families in a digital age.
Instructor: Amy Koester

Nurturing Empathy through Culturally-Inclusive Youth Programming - Part I
Multicultural literacy is instrumental in solving our most pressing problems, and must be an essential aspect of early childhood education and youth services programming. This presentation provides guidance on how to incorporate cultural diversity into library storytime programs. Additionally, attendees will be provided with a variety of multimedia resources to guide them through the process of high-quality material selection.
Instructor: Marianne Dolce

Nurturing Empathy through Culturally-Inclusive Youth Programming - Part II
Multicultural literacy is instrumental in solving our most pressing problems, and must be an essential aspect of early childhood education and youth services programming. This presentation provides guidance on how to incorporate cultural diversity into library storytime programs. Additionally, attendees will be provided with a variety of multimedia resources to guide them through the process of high-quality material selection.
Instructor: Marianne Dolce

Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming That Makes Sense for Kids with Autism
Sensory Storytime incorporates theory and practices from Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy into a regular library preschool story hour that is fun for all kids and appropriate for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to some of the theory behind Sensory Storytime, some options and issues related to this type of programming, and the specifics of how one public library structures its Sensory Storytime program.   The webinar will equip you with the information and resources you need to be able to design or modify your own programs so you can better serve the young children with autism in your community.
Instructor: Barbara Klipper

So You Want to Genre-fy your Library...and More
You want your users to have more confidence, be more independent, and be able to find the right book. By rearranging your children's collections you will be able to accomplish this and more. We can show you where to start, point out possible potholes and give you a map to the future. Join the library team from the Ethical Culture School, New York City, which 2 years ago began to look at alternatives to Dewey and chose to implement the Metis Classification System to great success increasing both circulation and patron satisfaction.
Instructors are from The Ethical Culture School library team: Tali Balas Kaplan, Sue Giffard, Jenn Still, and Andrea Dolloff

So You Want to Get Published
Want to write a book or article but don't know where to start? Three published authors of resource books and articles for children's librarians will share the ins and outs of getting published in journals such as School Library Journal and with publishers such as ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited. Learn about the publishing opportunities that are out there for you, how to write a proposal, and how to get from idea to proposal.
Instructors: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Julie Dietzel-Glair, Kathy MacMillan

Summer Science @your Library
With a “Fizz, Boom, READ!” theme for the 2014 Collaborative Summer Reading Program and a steady rise in school STEM programs, now is the pefect time to increase summer science activities in public libraries. Learn how one library has expanded a traditional Summer Reading Program to include multiple science components. Our easily adaptable model includes a Science Log to encourage home science activities, a Preschool Stories and Science series, and Tabletop Science in the Children’s Room. Adapt for your library using free downloadable resources provided in an online Summer Science Toolkit.
Instructor: Steven Engelfried, Youth Services Librarian, Wilsonville (Ore.) Public Library

The Power of Play for Early Childhood Learning in Your Library
What do you do to play? Would you like to play all day? Play is a child's work! Research clearly shows play is key to early childhood development and lifelong success. Play is critical to a child's healthy development in all areas of school readiness, especially social emotional development and early literacy. How is play relevant to library services? Join us as we answer that question and identify ways to incorporate play in library programs and spaces to promote children's early childhood development and motivate caregivers to enjoy play with their children.
Instructors: Connie Wilson and Peg Pond

Using the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® Toolkit with Spanish-Speaking Communities
Join us for an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Toolkit for Spanish-speaking Communities.

This kit was developed by ALSC and PLA to assist and empower public library staff to serve Spanish-speaking families providing an effective manual that contains instructions in English for the presenter and Spanish translation of the slides, handouts and booklist. The Toolkit includes powerpoint presentations that will allow library staff, even those who do not speak Spanish, to present the workshops. We offer tips on reaching families as well as on ways to interact with Spanish-speaking families during your Todos los niños listos para leer en tu biblioteca workshops.
Instructors: Saroj Ghoting, Freda Mosquera

What's After Storytime: Programming for Children and Tweens with Autism
Many libraries are now offering preschool storytimes adapted to meet the needs of young children with autism, but fewer libraries have programs for elementary and middle school age children with this disability. With the autism incidence presently at 1 in 50 children (CDC, 2013) these children are in all communities. This session will provide participants with helpful background information on autism and specific techniques to use when working with school-age children with this disability. A variety of program types will be discussed and the ways they can be designed to serve children with autism will be introduced.
Instructor: Barbara Klipper

Whitewashing, Sexism, and More: Using Book Covers to Start a Conversation with Kids
Over the past four years, Allie Jane Bruce has co-created a sixth-grade curriculum that uses book covers as an entry point to examine explicit and implicit biases in children’s and young adult literature. Students engage in conversations about whitewashing, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identifiers as they relate to books and beyond. In this webinar, she will summarize the curriculum and provide resources for those who wish to lead similar programs.
Instructor: Allie Jane Bruce

Young Children & Media: Libraries in the Multi-Screen, Multi-Touch Digital World
Chip Donohue, co-author of the NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology Tools and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs, will share key messages and guidelines from the Statement and discuss implications for educators, parents, children’s librarians and other adults who care for and about young children. He will address both common concerns about children and technology and the potential benefits when adults select, use, integrate and evaluate technology in effective, appropriate and intentional ways that support development and learning.  Obstacles and opportunities for children’s librarians and libraries in providing developmentally appropriate experiences for young children will be explored.
Instructor: Chip Donohue, PhD


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ALSC's 2016 Virtual Institute programs are now available as archived sessions!