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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn why strategic planning matters for youth services work.
  • Participants will gain exposure to different types of strategic planning, such as frameworks and action plans, that could be used in their own work, as well as what strategic planning can look like in different contexts.
  • Participants will discover strategies for how youth services can be involved in strategic planning within their own departments and library-wide.
  • Participants will acquire an understanding of potential outcomes of strategic planning.

Who Should Attend

Youth Services managers and supervisors in public libraries of all sizes with varying levels of experience, and those relatively new to the strategic planning process or those that have been through strategic planning and are looking to refresh or learn new ideas may also find the content useful.


Megan Egbert is the District Programs Manager at the Meridian Library District in Meridian, Idaho. She is the chair of the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee and is serving on the Excellence in Library Programming Award Committee.
Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser is the Youth Services Manager at the George Latimer Central Library in Saint Paul, MN. She is currently a member of the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee and has also served on the ALSC School-Age Programs and Services Committee.



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