Leadership in Youth Services, Part 2: Leadership in Action

This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee.

Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to recognize these skills within yourself and within your role in the children's department. This webinar will provide real life examples of what leadership actually looks like in the everyday life of working in children's librarianship. Leadership can take many different forms including taking a risk on a program to fulfill a need in the community, embracing big picture thinking that can be broken down into manageable parts, or knowing how to work together as a team to achieve goals.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this webinar, students will be able to:
1. Recognize their strengths and recognize their limitations and how to recognize this in others
2. Define their mission, both personally and as a part of an institution
3. Build programming and services that fill a need, take a risk and cultivate passion
4. Learn big picture thinking and how to break things up into workable actions
5. Learn how to work together as a team

Who Should Attend

Children's Department Professionals, Children's Department Paraprofessionals, Library School Students


Cheri Crow is the Youth Services Coordinator for Delaware County Libraries.  She works with the county’s Preschool Outreach Coordinator & Infant Storyteller along with children and teen librarians in 26 public libraries to help provide great library service.  Cheri enjoys making connections with school librarians and preschool teachers as well as other non-profit organizations to make them aware of all the programs and materials available to them. 

Veronica Leigh Milliner is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Middle Atlantic Region based in Pittsburgh, PA. She works with public libraries to build capacity to provide health programming and improve health literacy for their patrons. She is a librarian who has previously worked in public libraries, both within the United States and abroad, with a focus on programming, youth development, outreach services, and staff training. She is interested in exploring the role of the public library as a community asset and nontraditional library programs and services that improve lives in their communities.

Laura Tucker has been working in children’s libraries since 2005 as a page, and been hooked ever since! At the end of 2014, she became the Head of the Children’s Department at Homewood Public Library outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Through this experience she has gained knowledge and insight into early literacy practices, elementary educational standards and working with Tweens and Teens in a library setting. Laura has partnered with local organizations to make our space sensory inclusive and provide sensory inclusive programming in the library. Laura has actively sought to diversify our collections and our programming to better reflect the community. Laura joined ALSC in 2017 in order to become more involved in the profession and give back to those that have taught her so much in her 13 years working in public libraries!



ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.

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How to Register

If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

If you are not an ALSC member, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:

Individual Rate
Group Rate

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026