Virtual Institute Archives

Virtual Archives - Available Now

 

What are the Virtual Institute archives?

In September 2016, ALSC hosted the first Virtual Institute, an online version of our in-person National Institute. If you missed it, you can purchase on-demand recordings of each session through the ALA Store and the links below.

Pricing

Archived Virtual Institute sessions are $25 for individuals, and $195 for groups. A group is defined as three or more individuals watching the on-demand recording in one location.

What kind of technology do I need to view the archives?

Archived sessions were recorded in Adobe Connect; all you need to view them is a computer and internet access.

Questions?

Contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office at kfigliulo@ala.org or 312.280.4026.

 

Virtual Institute Programs

Storybooks for Revolution: Using Children’s Literature to Lead Children’s Understanding of Social Justice
Sponsored by the Carole D. Fiore Leadership Fund
Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, Williams Endowed Community Chair for Early Childhood Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Story reading and picture books have always served as a means for adults to educate children about sociocultural norms and expectations. In an increasingly diverse society with growing economic and social disparities, it is important to use high quality children’s literature to support children’s learning of empathy, compassion, cultural competence and social justice.  This institute webinar will focus on how children benefit from opportunities to learn about real societal challenges via literature that considers and respects their developmental capacities and understandings.

Session Length: 60 minutes
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Family Portraits: Picture Books That Feature All Kinds of Families
Linda Gann, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Karen Perry, Instructor, Old Dominion University

From animals to people, families take all kinds of shapes, colors, and configurations. This booktalking session, presented by two children’s literature instructors, will share picture books from the last three years that will help bring diversity to your library collections and ensure that your patrons can see themselves in a book. Link to a LiveBinder of related resources will be provided for attendees.

Session Length: 75 minutes
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STEM-Rich and Library Broke: Crash Course in Funding Innovative STEM Children’s Programs
Cheryl Lee, Program Coordinator-Branch Manager, Santa Clara City Library; Angela Ocana, Branch Librarian, Santa Clara City Library; Sharon McClintock, Youth Services Librarian, Mountain View Public Library

Over the past few years, children’s librarians have been embracing the benefits of STEM programming. Everything from circuits to maker-spaces to soldering kits can now be found at your local library. Unfortunately, STEM programming can be an expensive endeavor for public libraries to fund. Learn from two Silicon Valley Public Libraries how they funded out-of-the-box innovative STEM children’s programs, by using alternate funding methods without dipping into their library budgets.

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Stories Speak Louder than Numbers: Making the Case for Youth Services
Jenna Nemec-Loise, Children's Librarian, Chicago Public Library, and Member Content Editor, ALSC Everyday Advocacy; Gwen Vanderhage, Children's Librarian, Whatcom County Library System; Hanna Lee, Branch Manager, Batesville Public Library, First Regional Library; Nina Lindsay, Supervising Librarian, Children's Services, Oakland Public Library

Libraries need funding from a variety of sources, but getting access to these various sources can be quite a challenge at times. This program will provide resources and practical guidance for telling the stories that will help you get the funding you need. You will have the opportunity to hear speakers with a history of advocating for and obtaining funding, and you will be given time to engage in discussion with fellow librarians, to brainstorm strategies for your own libraries.

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action: Partnerships and Best Practices Nurture Young
Beth Crist, Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library; Carol Edwards, SPELL Grant Coordinator, Colorado State Library

“Putting SPELL into Action” is an IMLS-funded project that enabled eight Colorado public libraries to partner with community organizations to reach families in poverty with children 0-3 who are not traditional library users. Pre and post surveys allowed the Colorado State Library to collect data from innovative, community-relevant, early literacy programming to discover the best practices for reaching the target audience and helping them produce literacy-rich home environments that will lead to kindergarten readiness.

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Welcome to Reading: Amp Up Your Services for Beginning Readers
Katie O'Dell, Youth Services Director, Multnomah County Library

From campaigns to coalitions, the entire nation is talking about third grade reading. While many struggle to move the dial, the real asset not being discussed is public libraries. What is the role of public libraries in supporting children learning to read? How can we build on Every Child Ready to Read to continue skill building? Multnomah County Library reports results from their recent Paul Allen Family Foundation grant that investigated how libraries can better support our youngest readers. 

Learn what kindergarten through third grade teachers say is the greatest need for new readers and how you can answer their call, hear how the library re-envisioned the collection and services to address this, and come away with new messaging any public library can share with early grade stakeholders to create deeper connections between beginning readers and the public library.

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Oh Baby! Unconventional Programming for your Youngest Patrons
Kendra Jones, Children's Librarian, Tacoma Public Library; Brooke Newberry, Early Literacy Librarian, La Crosse Public Library
 
In many communities, the library is the only organization offering free activities for babies and toddlers. Learn how to create exceptional, early literacy rich programs for this demographic that will have caregivers lining up to participate. Explore manipulatives, draw on a partner, see examples of successful activities, and learn why these activities are important for early literacy development.

Welcome to Reading

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Serving ALL Families in Your Library: Inclusive Library Collections and Programs for LGBTQ Families & Children
Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Associate Professor, University of Alabama - SLIS; Megan Roberts, Family Story Time Program Director, LGBT Center of Raleigh Library

Children with LGBTQ caregivers live in almost every community nationwide. Is your library meeting the informational and recreational needs of these Rainbow Families? Do ALL types of families feel welcome in your library? This session explores the concept of Rainbow Families, offering criteria for selecting and using children's books with LGBTQ content. We will also examine how librarians can offer inclusive programs for these families by using materials that redefine gender norms and family compositions.

Session Length: 75 minutes
As part of ALSC's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, this archive is available FREE.

 

Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth (Up to age fourteen)
Dorothy Stoltz, Programming & Outreach Services Manager, Carroll County (MD) Public Library; Claudia Haines, Youth Services Librarian, Homer (AK) Public Library; Vicky Hays, Early Literacy Librarian and Media Mentor, Poudre River (CO) Public Library District; Darrell Robertson, North Carroll Branch Manager, Carroll County (MD) Public Library

This workshop will feature a panel of librarians who are developing effective practices on media mentorship, such as, how to become the best media mentor I can be, how to offer library café discussion programs to engage parents on the topic of media, and how to incorporate media conversation starters for parents into existing programs. Vicky, Claudia, Darrell, and Dorothy will kick off a discussion that explores what is media mentorship, why it is important, and ways to support families as they create their own best practices for their individual family situation. 

Session Length: 75 minutes
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Opening Access to Public Libraries for Children with Disabilities
Jo Kaeding, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Australia

Every child has the right to feel welcome and be part of their library’s community. Unfortunately, this is not always the experience of children with disabilities and their families. Learn the seven elements of the inclusive libraries model and how you can use these in your library. This session summarizes the findings of a study of 18 public librarians who focus on inclusive library practices and offers attendees recommendations for how to move towards the achievement of inclusion.

Session Length: 30 minutes
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