Reimagining School Partnership Programs during the Pandemic

Wednesday, 4/28/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Female child participating in a virtual classroom situation, with female teacher visible on laptop screen

At a time when education, including school and library use, are dramatically impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL reimagined its school partnership program to adapt to their community’s needs. Learn how they transformed their existing school services into virtual services, including their liaison program, storytelling visits, field trips, parent presentations, and school library card drives. Discover how the library engaged staff in their changing roles by providing templates, training, and a discussion forum to support them. Through a thoughtful approach and great reflexes, the outcome of the library’s virtual school services has increased accessibility and participation rather than diminished it. For example, the number of schools participating in their digital school library card drive increased by 42% in 2020. This webinar will help you better position your library as a partner of educators in their most challenging moment.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List at least three new ways they can partner with schools when in-person visits are off the table;
  • Describe ways they can support staff in their role as a school liaison; and
  • Increase accessibility and inclusiveness by providing virtual school services.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is relevant for library directors, youth services managers, children’s and young adult librarians, outreach coordinators, and school liaisons who want to learn about new partnership developments.


Natalie HoustonNatalie Houston, youth services manager for the Orange County Library System, in Orlando, FL, is a Florida native and proud to work for her hometown library since 2009 and serve the growing and diverse community. She previously worked for the Leesburg Public Library in Lake County, FL, giving her the perspective of a big city and a small town. She also has organizational leader experience as a former branch manager.

Natalie has presented at the Libraries of the Future, Florida Library Association, and Florida Association for Media Educators conferences, frequently speaking about school and library partnerships. Her publications include chapters in Library Youth Outreach: 26 Ways to Connect with Children Young Adults and Their Families, Bringing the Arts into the Library, and Building a Foundation for Teen Services. Natalie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of South Florida.



Individual – PLA Personal Member $43.00
Individual – ALA Personal Member $59.00
Individual – Nonmember $59.00
Group* $129.00

*For purposes of group registration: PLA defines a group as up to 20 staff from a single library system logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrant to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate. Also, group registration includes access to the archived recording for one year for unlimited staff at a registered single library system.

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How to Register


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To register for this webinar:

  • Go to the Online Registration page.
  • Locate the "Reimagining School Partnership Programs during the Pandemic" webinar under the April 2021 header.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webinar title.
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  • When registering as a group: Although the first screen in the online registration process has fields for multiple names/ALA IDs, you should only enter one in order to continue with the registration process. It’s not until the third screen in the process that you select will “Group Webinar Registration” before continuing.

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Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, but will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for this webinar, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.


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