Institute Education Programs

ALSC offers a wide variety of education programs at the 2016 ALSC Virtual Institute. All of the programs fall within the theme of the conference: Believe. Build. Become. Program dates and times are subject to change.

Program Descriptions

Thursday, September 15, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM CT

Family Portraits: Picture Books That Feature All Kinds of Families
Linda Gann, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Karen Perry, Old Dominion University

From animals to people, families take all kinds of shapes, colors, and configurations. This booktalking session, presented by two children’s literature instructors, will share picture books from the last three years that will help bring diversity to your library collections and ensure that your patrons can see themselves in a book. Link to a LiveBinder of related resources will be provided for attendees.



Thursday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CT

STEM-Rich and Library Broke: Crash Course in Funding Innovative STEM Children’s Programs
Cheryl Lee, Santa Clara City Library; Sharon McClintock, Mountain View Public Library; Angela Ocana, Santa Clara City Library

Over the past few years, children’s librarians have been embracing the benefits of STEM programming. Everything from circuits to maker-spaces to soldering kits can now be found at your local library. Unfortunately, STEM programming can be an expensive endeavor for public libraries to fund. Learn from two Silicon Valley Public Libraries how they funded out-of-the-box innovative STEM children’s programs, by using alternate funding methods without dipping into their library budgets.


Thursday, September 15, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM CT

Stories Speak Louder than Numbers: Making the Case for Youth Services
Hanna Lee, Batesville Public Library, First Regional Library; Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library; Jenna Nemec-Loise, Chicago Public Library, and Member Content Editor, ALSC Everyday Advocacy; Gwen Vanderhage, Whatcom County Library System

Libraries need funding from a variety of sources, but getting access to these various sources can be quite a challenge at times. This program will provide resources and practical guidance for telling the stories that will help you get the funding you need. You will have the opportunity to hear speakers with a history of advocating for and obtaining funding, and you will be given time to engage in discussion with fellow librarians, to brainstorm strategies for your own libraries.


Thursday, September 15, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM CT

Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action: Partnerships and Best Practices Nurture Young
Beth Crist and Carol Edwards, Colorado State Library

“Putting SPELL into Action” is an IMLS-funded project that enabled eight Colorado public libraries to partner with community organizations to reach families in poverty with children 0-3 who are not traditional library users. Pre and post surveys allowed the Colorado State Library to collect data from innovative, community-relevant, early literacy programming to discover the best practices for reaching the target audience and helping them produce literacy-rich home environments that will lead to kindergarten readiness.


Friday, September 16, 9:05 AM - 10:15 AM CT

Welcome to Reading: Amp Up Your Services for Beginning Readers
Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library

From campaigns to coalitions, the entire nation is talking about third grade reading. While many struggle to move the dial, the real asset not being discussed is public libraries. What is the role of public libraries in supporting children learning to read? How can we build on Every Child Ready to Read to continue skill building? Multnomah County Library reports results from their recent Paul Allen Family Foundation grant that investigated how libraries can better support our youngest readers. 

Learn what kindergarten through third grade teachers say is the greatest need for new readers and how you can answer their call, hear how the library re-envisioned the collection and services to address this, and come away with new messaging any public library can share with early grade stakeholders to create deeper connections between beginning readers and the public library.


Friday, September 16, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM CT

Oh Baby! Unconventional Programming for your Youngest Patrons
Kendra Jones, Tacoma Public Library; Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library

In many communities, the library is the only organization offering free activities for babies and toddlers. Learn how to create exceptional, early literacy rich programs for this demographic that will have caregivers lining up to participate. Explore manipulatives, draw on a partner, see examples of successful activities, and learn why these activities are important for early literacy development.


Friday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CT

Serving ALL Families in Your Library: Inclusive Library Collections and Programs for LGBTQ Families & Children
Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama - SLIS; Megan Roberts, LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

Children with LGBTQ caregivers live in almost every community nationwide. Is your library meeting the informational and recreational needs of these Rainbow Families? Do ALL types of families feel welcome in your library? This session explores the concept of Rainbow Families, offering criteria for selecting and using children's books with LGBTQ content. We will also examine how librarians can offer inclusive programs for these families by using materials that redefine gender norms and family compositions.


Friday, September 16, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM CT

Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth (Up to age fourteen)
Vicky Hays, Poudre River (CO) Public Library District; Claudia Haines, Homer (AK) Public Library; Darrell Robertson, Carroll County (MD) Public Library; Dorothy Stoltz, Carroll County (MD) Public Library

This workshop will feature a panel of librarians who are developing effective practices on media mentorship, such as, how to become the best media mentor I can be, how to offer library café discussion programs to engage parents on the topic of media, and how to incorporate media conversation starters for parents into existing programs. Through discussion activities, participants will explore ways to support families as they create best practices for their individual family situation.


Friday, September 16, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT

Inclusion Means Everyone: Critical and Emerging Research about Inclusive Library Services for Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Jo Kaeding, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Australia; Tess Prendergast, Doctoral Candidate, University of British Columbia

Two doctoral researchers who met at ALSC Institute 2014 vowed to collaborate when it came time to disseminate their emerging findings on this topic. Using completely different methods and study sites, both researchers nonetheless found that persistent assumptions about disability contribute to perceived and actual barriers to library participation for families whose children have disabilities. This session summarizes their findings and offers attendees recommendations for how to move towards the achievement of inclusion aims.