Online Courses and Webinars

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, offers convenient, year round online learning opportunities to further your knowledge and career skills. ASCLA's online courses and webinars focus on topics related to state and specialized libraries, prison libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants as well as topics related to accessibility and outreach to underserved patrons. ASCLA members qualify for discounted registration rates including discounts on group registrations. Courses and webinars are open to the public.


All courses are hosted in Moodle. Click on a course title for full detail.

List of ASCLA upcoming online learning events
Title Event Date Presented By
Story-a-thon: Creating Community Partnerships to Enhance Access to Literacy Services for Children with Disabilities Monday, April 17, 2017 to Friday, May 12, 2017 Zach Stier
Build Your Professional Brand and Get Published Monday, May 1, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017 Barbara Alvarez
Building a Successful Independent Consulting Practice Monday, May 1, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017 Jasmine Parson Williams

Asynchronous distance learning occurs when the teacher and the pupils interact in different places and during different times. Students enrolled in asynchronous courses are able to complete their work whenever they please. Asynchronous distance learning often relies on technology such as message boards, email, pre-recorded video lectures, mp3s, etc.

Source: March 23, 2015


Individuals can register online, or download the online course registration form to register via mail or fax. Registration closes the Thursday prior to each course's start date. We offer 15% savings for group registrations.


Groups are defined as two or more librarians/staff from a library or network of libraries who are enrolling in the same course at the same time. Download the group registration form.

Contact Membership and Customer Service at (800) 545-2433, option 5, or with questions about the registration process. 


All webinar times are Central (Chicago) Time. All webinars are hosted in Adobe Connect.

List of ASCLA upcoming online learning events
Title Event Date Presented By Event Type
From Theory to Practice: Outreach to Underserved Patron Populations Thursday, April 20, 2017 Dr. Nicole Cooke, Dr. Renee Hill Webinar
Not to be Forgotten: Providing Library Services for People Living with Dementia Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Mary Beth Riedner, Tysha Shay, Kate Finnegan Dopkins Webinar
Ebook innovation + publisher collaboration = library domination @ your library Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Mitchell Davis, Lauren Klouda, Veronda Pitchford Webinar


Individual Registration Fees for Single Webinars *:

  • $40 for ASCLA members
  • $50 for ALA members
  • $65 for non-ALA members
  • $25 for ALA student members and retired members
  • * SPECIAL PRICING for 3 webinar series. Click the webinar name above for more detailed information about the pricing structure.

Prefer to register by mail or fax? Download the PDF registration form.

Group Rates for Single Webinars:
To qualify for a group rate, you must have a minimum of 2 people registering from the same library, library system or network.

  • $99 single login
  • $38/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people)

Download the group registration form.

State Library Group Rates:
State Libraries who are members of ASCLA receive the following rates:

  • $69 single login
  • $29/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people)

Download the state library group registration form.

You can get more information about state library membership by e-mailing or calling 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

Any requests for cancelation of registration must be received in writing ALA/MACS department by the latest registration deadline listed online and are subject to a $35 processing fee. ASCLA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for reasons including insufficient numbers of students.