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What is a webinar?

One of ALSC's goals is to provide children’s librarians with timely, educational and affordable professional development opportunities.  Because life in a library moves fast, ALSC's webinars are the perfect solution for someone who wants and needs educational information but doesn't have a lot of time or resources.  These short (one hour) interactive sessions taking place in Adobe Connect give librarians and library support staff the opportunity to learn right at their desks.  The only necessary tools are a computer and the internet.  Live webinars are free and open to all. All webinars will be recorded and available in the archived webinars section of our website immediately following the live presentation.

Archived webinars are now free for members!

Archived webinars are now available free and on-demand for ALSC members! For non-ALSC members, individuals pay only $25, and groups $195.  These webinars will not be offered again live, but you receive unlimited access to the recording with your ALSC membership or archived webinar purchase.

Upcoming webinars

Live webinars are free and open to all.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Gretchen Caserotti, Library Director, Meridian Library District; Kristy Cooper, The Library Defense Network; Brian Hart, Board Member, EveryLibrary; Constance Moore, Vice President, Bucks County Free Library
Join library advocates from various states as they share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Our guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work practice. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively advocate and communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Panelists will include managers and non-managers. This webinar will not review legislation.
Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Services to Children
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12pm Eastern/11am Central
Nicole Cooke, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois Center for Digital Inclusion; Renee Hill, Senior Lecturer, Director of the School Library specialization, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies
Diversity isn’t just about race and ethnicity! Diversity pertains to ability levels, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. This webinar will focus on increasing participants' level of understanding of the value of providing culturally competent library service in order to meet the information needs of an increasingly diverse group: children.
Everything You Wanted to Know about the CSK Award (But Didn't Know to Ask)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library; Alan Bailey, Associate Professor and Head of Services Teaching Resources Center, East Carolina University
You know the Coretta Scott King Medal-winning books. You read them every year when the awards are announced. But how are the awards chosen? How do members of the jury go from reading picture books to young adult novels? And what is the difference between the CSK Book Jury and the CSK Committee? Get answers to these questions and many more with former CSK Jury members Kacie Armstrong and Alan Bailey.
Leadership in Youth Services, Part 1: Leading Outside Your Organization
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Amalia Butler, Maplewood Memorial Library; Kristin Piepho, Managing Librarian, Mountlake Terrace Library; Sarah Wethern, Youth Librarian, Douglas County Library
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. How can you obtain leadership experience in an entry or mid-level library position so that you can move forward in the leadership pipeline? Perhaps your administration can’t (or won’t) provide the support you need to advance. This webinar will explore how to add tools to your leadership toolbelt - in and outside of the library - without breaking the bank.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central
Cheri Crow, Youth Services Coordinator, Delaware County Libraries; Veronica Leigh Milliner, Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Middle Atlantic Region; Laura Tucker, Head of the Children’s Department, Homewood Public Library
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.

Leadership in Youth Services, Part 3: Moving Beyond Youth Services
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3pm Eastern/2pm Central
Laura Koenig, Team Leader for Children's Services, Central Library of the Boston Public Library; Maria (Pontillas) Shackles, Branch Manager, Tacoma Public Library; Krissy Wick, Director of Public Services, Madison Public Library
This is one of a three-part Leadership in Youth Services webinar series brought to you by the ALSC Managing Children’s Services Committee. Thinking of the next step in your career? Learn how to translate the things you do everyday in your role as a Youth Services Librarian into desirable supervisory skills on your resume. Get advice from professionals in the field who have made the leap to management and hear what you should be doing right now to make yourself more marketable.


ALSC will be announcing more webinars soon! Please check back for more information about upcoming webinars.

In the meantime, check out our vast collection of on-demand archived webinars - free for ALSC members!