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.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn:

HOW to create and manage a staff schedule 
-Keeping in mind other library departments as well as events, outreach,processing
-Understanding the expectations of your department/organization
-Free software to help manage the schedule
-Collaboration with other managers of shared employees
-Respecting the needs of a diverse workforce
-Balancing staff interests vs. over-committing
HOW to create and manage a program schedule 
-Managing your space, resources, and paid performers
-Space reservations
-Dispersing programs over calendar/disbursement of budget
-Observing and evaluating outside community factors/needs of all community
-Program attendance/evaluations in relation to program scheduling
HOW to successfully manage your own schedule 
-Time management, determining priorities, respect of self
-Learning the expectations of department/organization
-Making room for it all

Who Should Attend

children's librarians in public libraries with little management experience, new to a role with managerial responsibilities, or aspiring to a promotion; middle management, librarians who supervise children's librarians, though they themselves are not children's/youth services specialists; and upper management, librarians who supervise children's services managers/supervisor


Megan Egbert Is the Programs Manager (former Youth Services Manager) for the Meridian Library District (ID), where she oversees programs and services for ages 0-18. Previous to her three years in this position she was a Teen Librarian. She earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas and her Bachelors in Sociology from Boise State University. Her interests include STEAM education, digital badges, makerspaces, using apps in storytime, and fostering digital literacy. @MeganEgbert on Twitter
Rachel Fryd is the Youth Services Coordinator with the Free Library of Philadelphia. She is active in both the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association divisions of the American Library Association, serving on multiple committees over the last ten years including Great Web Sites for Kids, the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal Committee, Summer Reading and Learning Taskforce and 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Amanda Yother is the librarian at Park View Elementary School in Cookeville, Tennessee. She is an active member in the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and is a member of the Tennessee Library Association. Amanda was a recipient of the 2014 Penguin Young Readers Award and the 2015 Putnam County School System Make a Difference Award. Amanda is seriously passionate about early literacy, use of imagination, and having fun. When she is not in the library, she can be seen biking around town, reading in public places, and enjoying the company of her family and labradoodles.



ALSC is offering this webinar free of charge.

How to Register

View Scheduling and Time Management in the Youth Services Department.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


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