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.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:
  • What employee engagement is and why it matters
  • Low-cost and no-cost ways to recognize staff accomplishments
  • How to encourage staff self care
  • Strategies to approach toxic employees
  • Tricks to managing from below

Who Should Attend

Children's Librarians and Youth Services Librarians in public libraries who have minimal management experience, are new in a role with supervisory responsibilities, or who are aspiring to improve their job-related leadership skills for a future promotion. Middle management, (i.e. library staff who supervise children's librarians, although they do not specialize in Youth or Children’s Services), and upper management (i.e. library staff who supervise Children's Services Managers or Supervisors).


Sarah Wethern is the youth librarian at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria, Minnesota. She is currently a member of the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee.

Krissy Wick is the Director of Public Services at the Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently a member of the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee and is the chair of the 2017 Wisconsin Children’s Book Award 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.
Become an ALSC member and save on the price of the webinar.

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