Webinars on Demand

About Webinars on Demand

Within 24-hours of a live session, YALSA members receive complimentary access to all archived webinars via Y.E.L.L. (YALSA E-Learning Library).  YALSA also provide a small selection of webinars free to both members and non-members.

Not a YALSA member, a group rate is available for our archived webinars at $99 per recording. To guarantee you have access to the most up-to-date content YALSA limits access to purchased content for 12 months. After that please check with us to see what updates and revised content we have available. You can purchase a Webinar-on-Demand by completing this order form.

Questions? Contact lbraun@leonline.com or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

Webinars-on-Demand are available in these content areas: Leadership and Professionalism  I  Knowledge of Client Group  I  Communication, Marketing & Outreach  I  Administration  I  Knowledge of Materials  I  Access to Information  I  Services

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Note: On-demand webinars are intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited.

Leadership and Professionalism  I  Knowledge of Client Group  I  Communication, Marketing & Outreach  I  Administration  I  Knowledge of Materials  I  Access to Information  I  Services

I. Leadership and Professionalism

Digital Badges: Show What You Know to Your Boss or Potential Employer (2014)

Erin Knight discusses digital badges: what they are; how they are more than just an "image" but in reality track valuable information about your skills and accomplishments; how/why they can play an important role in your workplace learning environment and the ways in which they are being used in libraries - for the benefit of patrons and library staff alike. Buy this recording!

Soft Serve: Using Soft Skills to Enhance Communication with Colleagues and Improve Service to Teens (2014)

Teen librarians are passionate about serving teens and often we can't understand why our colleagues and managers don't “get it” when it comes to teen services. This webinar will help teen services librarians deliver a positive teen service message to colleagues, managers and administrators with the goal of cultivating a teen-friendly service landscape. Join Jennifer Velasquez as she teaches participants real-world strategies that Teen Services librarians can employ for tackling common situations with even the most ‘teen resistant’ colleagues – and all without alienating themselves in the process.  Buy this recording!

What I Stopped Doing: Improving Services to Youth by Taking On Less (2016)

Many library staff, especially library staff serving teens, lead with their passions for serving patrons. Many of the ideas in the Future of Library Service for and with Teens report are big ideas  -- ones that we may not be able to change quickly or on our own. How can we, as library staff serving teens prioritize, plan, give up control, and think about our work differently so that we can take on new services, discontinue other areas and avoid burn-out. Join YALSA for a webinar on how to start thinking about our work differently and join the discussion about some of our profession’s sacred cows—and how to think about them differently. Buy this recording!

II. Knowledge of Client Group

Connecting Teens & Community Inside and Outside the Library (July 2016)

Imagine that through your library's activities you are able to coach teens as a way to assist them to build 21st century skills and literacies, demonstrate to the community how valuable an asset teenagers are, and help youth become strong members of the community's workforce. That's what Salvador Avila is accomplishing with his DJ learning lab at the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District.  Join Salvador in this webinar to learn about his work and how you can have the same impact in your own community.  Buy this recording!

Connecting Teens to Mental Health Services and Sources

For library staff, it can be a challenge to know how best to serve teens who need mental health support and resources. In this webinar, participants had the chance to learn what resources are available and how best to connect those resources to teens who need them. The session was facilitated by Ashley Fontaine, the Executive Director of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) in Seattle. Buy this recording!

Connecting with Immigrant and Refugee Youth in your Community (April 2016)

This webinar addressed:

  • History of Central America and Mexico Refugee Youth and REFORMA Children in Crisis Task Force
  • How to form partnerships with social service organizations in the immigrant community.
  • Approaches to serving and developing relevant programming for Spanish-speaking immigrant and refugee youth visiting libraries and in a mobile immigrant community.
  • Resources for library workers to make immigrant teens feel more welcomed in libraries.

Buy this recording!

Content Creation Tools for You & Your Teens (June 2016)

There are a lot of great content creation tools available for you to use with and for the teens in your community. But, which are the best for developing the content just right for the work you are doing and that help teens gain 21st century skills? In this session, Nick Grove, Digital Services Librarian at the Meridan (ID) Library, will give you a chance to learn about what works best for your (and the teens you work with) needs. Buy this recording!

Cultural Competence in the Library  (2015)

Join Amita Lonial for a discussion regarding cultural competence: what it is, what it means to actively practice cultural competence in a library setting and how to do so, and the difference between cultural awareness and cultural competency. Buy this recording!

Identifying and Serving Homeless Youth  (2015)

By learning more about the characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness in your community, library workers can more effectively provide the assistance they need. Instead of asking them to come to you, venture beyond the four walls of your library and meet teens where they are! Through a social worker and librarian perspective, this on-demand webinar will allow listeners to gain an understanding of how to recognize the needs of youth experiencing homelessness and how to work with community partners to alleviate these challenges. Buy this recording!

Managing the Swarm: Teen Behavior in the Library and Strategies for Success (2012)

When teens flood into the library, anything can happen. People often think of the library as a “safe space” but sometimes chaos reigns, rather than order! By setting the right tone with regulars, establishing appropriate boundaries, and equitably addressing problem behaviors, you can create a teen space that is consistently welcoming.

Learn how to create a dialogue with patrons who engage in distracting or dangerous behavior in the library, address concerns of adult patrons, and create rewards for teens who improve or maintain a positive presence in your space. Buy this recording!

Navigating the Tides of Teen Behavior (2015)

To some, teens are a mystery, and their behavior in the library equally so. Join Jessica Hilbun as she clears up misconceptions that exist about why teens do what they do. In this webinar, you’ll not only receive tips and strategies for addressing teen behavior in the library, but you’ll also learn how you can serve as an advocate for your teen patrons, helping other library staff navigate the tides of teen behavior. Buy this recording!

Reaching Reluctant Readers (2012)

Reaching those who don’t have an interest in reading is a challenge for any librarian or library staff worker. Join Heather Gruenthal for a discussion on reaching reluctant readers. Heather will share her tips on introducing reader to books including reading displays, genre lists, gateway books, Just like Me books and programming with book hooks. Participants will learn how to use passive advertising to reach reluctant readers and how to draw non-readers in through booktalking and book trailers. This webinar is intended for young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.  Buy this recording!

Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes (2010)

Jen Hubert Swan, author of Reading Rants! the popular book review blog for teens offers up 30 quick tips for connecting with reluctant readers in 60 minutes. Get display, booktalk and contest ideas and find out what "Roaming Bookmarks" and "Brown Bag Books" are all about. Participants will come away with some great ideas to kick start their programs and collections and help brainstorm some more. Buy this recording!

Serving LGBTQ Teens (2012)

LGBTQ teens experience marginalization on a daily basis. Navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood can be challenging enough, but for teens that identify as LGBTQ, adolescence can be an especially difficult time. For many LGBTQ teens the library is a critical resource to help them explore their questions in a safe environment.

Join Megan Honig for a look into inside library services to LGBTQ teens. Megan will explore who LGBTQ teens are and will discuss the broad range of experiences among LGBTQ teens.  She’ll discuss what needs LGBTQ teens bring to the library and how the library can meet those needs through collection development, programming and advocacy.  Megan will also address how to manage staff and patron concerns. Participants will learn to identify the common information needs of LGBTQ teens and how to develop strategies for supporting LGBTQ teens’ safety and well-being in library spaces. Buy this recording!

Serving Patrons with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) (2014)

Today’s autism rates are 20 times higher than in the 1980s. This increase has profoundly changed who we serve in libraries. Library staff aren’t always aware of those on the autism spectrum, which can make serving this population a challenge. In this session, Linda Braun and Renee McGrath will provide library staff with specifics on understanding autism; tips on providing the best customer service; specific programming examples, and will also introduce emerging technologies.  Buy this recording!

III. Communication, Marketing & Outreach

Community Collaborations: School and Public Library Partnerships (2015)

During the day and after school, teens need educational programs and support systems that encourage their interests and skills development. When public and school libraries collaborate, both teens and libraries benefit from it! This webinar addresses such questions as: Where do I start in reaching out to my library counterpart? What does my colleague's day look like, and how can we find time to coordinate activities? What types of programs would provide natural partnership opportunities? What types of challenges might I experience in trying to establish a partnership with my local public/school library? Participants will gain an understanding of your school/public library colleague's daily responsibilities; who is the appropriate person to contact about establishing a partnership?; examples of programs that provide partnership opportunities for school and public libraries; and what types of challenges you might encounter in establishing a partnership with your local school/public library. Buy this recording!

Connecting with Immigrant and Refugee Youth in your Community (April 2016)

This webinar addressed:

  • History of Central America and Mexico Refugee Youth and REFORMA Children in Crisis Task Force
  • How to form partnerships with social service organizations in the immigrant community.
  • Approaches to serving and developing relevant programming for Spanish-speaking immigrant and refugee youth visiting libraries and in a mobile immigrant community.
  • Resources for library workers to make immigrant teens feel more welcomed in libraries.

Buy this recording!

Cultural Competence in the Library (2015)

The U.S. teen population has diversified significantly since 2000, and with it, the communities we serve in our libraries. Join Amita Lonial as she discusses cultural competence in the library: its definition, its impact on behaviors, attitudes, and policies; and how essential it is for library staff to develop these skills in order to serve teens more effectively and work more collaboratively with fellow library staff. Buy this recording!

Everyone Can Advocate! Teen Services Advisory Benchmarks (2014)

If you ask five individuals what their definition of "advocacy" is, you may receive five different answers!  Join Sarah Kepple and Rachel McDonald as they discuss the YALSA Teen Services Advocacy Benchmarks that have been developed over the past year, and how these benchmarks will help guide your continued efforts to advocate for teen services. Buy this recording!

It's Fun to Partner with Y-M-C-A!  (2014)

Just as every library is unique to its community, so is every YMCA. Frederick Riley discusses how libraries can develop partnerships with local YMCAs to meet teens' needs using new, creative, and unexpected strategies. Buy this recording!

Supporting Teen Success Through School Library Partnerships (September 2016)

When school and public libraries work together to support teen success that's a great thing. In this webinar learn how to design activities and services based on the common goal of improving teen lives.  Buy this recording!

Teen Services Amplified! with Everyday Advocacy (2013)

Investing in teen services isn’t just good for teens; it’s good for libraries and for communities. But sometimes we don’t know how to get started making the case for teen services, or we’re not sure what we can do. Fortunately, we’re not alone—we have each other and we have resources like YALSA’s Advocacy Toolkit to help us amplify our message. In this webinar, participants will learn how to: incorporate advocacy into everything they do; find tips, messages, facts, and strategies to help them advocate for teens; demonstrate the value of their programs and services; and use YALSA’s Advocacy Toolkit and other YALSA resources for advocacy. Buy this recording!

Partner with a Local Museum to Reach More Teens! (March 2016)

Cultivate and leverage relationships with museums and science/technology centers in your area to develop connected learning-focused programming. By tapping into your community’s resources, you’ll not only expose your teens to new concepts and allow them to explore their areas of interest, but you can also reach them beyond the boundaries of your library building! This webinar provides examples of how other libraries, museums, and science centers have partnered to meet the interests and needs of their communities, and you will learn how to gain access to ASTC's wealth of STEM-related resources.  Buy this recording!

IV. Administration

Capturing the Kapow: Transform Your Teen Spaces to Transform Your Teens! (2014)

In this webinar, led by interior designer and library visionary Margaret Sullivan, you will learn to design spaces to create positive environments for teen services to flourish! Whether for a YOUMedia-based learning center, a high-tech teen learning lab, a Maker Space, an afterschool homework help center or simply a dedicated living room for teens, you will discover real-world and real-budget approaches to create environments to engage a happy and health community of teens and enhance teen services in your library. With the release of The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, dedicating an area designed for teens (and even by teens) can be a critical step in achieving many of the goals outlined in the report. Takeaways for all sizes of libraries and budgets will be shared!
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Fencing Out Knowledge: The Impact of CIPA 10 Years Later and What It Means for You (2014)

Passed in 2000, CIPA was designed to block adults and minors from accessing online images deemed “obscene", “child pornography”, or “harmful to minors” for minors less than 17 years old under the law by requiring public libraries and schools receiving certain federal funding to install software filters on their internet-accessible computers. Join Deborah Caldwell-Stone  as she discusses how ALA's Office for Information Technology (OITP) and Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF),  with support from Google, Inc., investigated the effects of internet filtering in public libraries and schools, the effectiveness of CIPA as a policy solution, and what it all means for YALSA members today who are working on the front lines.  Buy this recording!

Keeping Your Library & Your Teen Patrons Protected: Legal Considerations in Teen Services (2013)

Join Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Pat Scales, and Kristin Pekoll as they discuss legal considerations that librarians and other library workers encounter every day in teen services. Topics for discussion will include reporting responsibilities, managing teen behavior and maintaining appropriate relationships with teen patrons, and minors’ rights in the library. Buy this recording!

Library Policy Tune-Up: Are Yours Teen Friendly? (2015)

Library policies allow staff to offer services and programs in a safe and welcoming environment; however, when was the last time your library’s policies were given a tune-up? Is it possible that they are inadvertently prohibitive to teen patrons? This webinar provides you with suggestions on how you can evaluate your library’s policies and ensure that the patrons of all ages are welcome! Buy this recording!

One Year Check-In: Changes in Libraries since the Futures Report (2015)

It’s been one year since YALSA’s The Future of Library Services for and with Teens report was released. What kinds of changes has the report inspired in your library? What challenges has your library faced in implementing change? Listen in on this webinar as Frances Jacobson Harris facilitates a discussion of the successes and challenges that your colleagues have experienced in their libraries.  Buy this recording!

What's Next for Teen Services? (2014)

The report was released on Jan. 6, and now it's time to discuss what it means for you, your library, the teens in your community, and the work you do! Linda Braun, Maureen Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Kafi Kumasi discuss the future of teen services and how libraries can adapt to meet the needs of teens.  Highlights are discussed of the recently released report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, written as part of this year’s National Forum on Libraries and Teens. Buy this recording!

V. Knowledge of Materials

Collecting and Vetting Digital Content (May 2016)

This webinar discussed untapped sources of digital content that you can take advantage of to increase the digital content in your collection. You’ll learn tips for vetting content, walk away with several new sources of information, and share your own go-to resources with fellow webinar participants. This session was presented by Amanda Kramer, Director of Access Services at Miller Library at Washington College.  Buy this recording!

Around the World in 60 Books (September 2013)

It may have taken Phileas Fogg 80 days in the late 1800s to travel around the world in Jules Verne’s "Around the World in 80 Days", but you can do it in 60 minutes! Join YALSA on its September 19th webinar, “Around the World in 60 Books”. Pick up your passport and join tour guide Pam Spencer Holley as we travel together via booktalk from Afghanistan to Iraq, Kenya, England, and places in between.  Buy this recording!

Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens (2012)

Teens may know the basics about the birds and the bees, but their questions certainly don’t stop there!  Libraries play a critical role in helping teens safely explore their questions about sex and sexuality, but talking about these issues with teens can be challenging.  Presenter, mk Eagle will share a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction YA titles that teens and librarians can use to broach the topic of sex and sexuality. 

In this webinar, library workers who serve teens will learn how to crack the code when teens ask for books about sex. In addition, participants will learn tips for how to approach conversations with teens about sex and sexuality, and how to make the library a safe space for everyone. Buy this recording!

Building Blocks for a Diverse Library Collection (2013)

Today’s teens make up the most diverse generation in our history—are you ready for them?  With challenges including parent complaints, contending with user demand, and maintaining a nuanced and diverse collection, we know that collection building can be a complicated and even daunting feat for any young adult librarian. But what does it mean to have a "diverse" collection, and what role does the community play in young adult collection building? Join YALSA for a discussion on how to build a diverse young adult collection. Presenter Chelsea Condren will provide a working definition of the term diversity, strategies for understanding user demand and interest, and ways to ensure a collection is diverse while still meeting the needs of the population. Buy this recording!

Graphic Novels and Tween Readers (2011)

Graphic novels appeal to a wide variety of people. Artistic illustration and strong storylines make them irresistible but their often “adult” themes may present a unique challenge for librarians and their tween readers.

Tweens are in reader limbo. Parents still have concerns about content and library administration may be unsure of the best place for graphic novels to be located in the collection. This “inbeTween” make building and marketing a graphic novel collection to tweens more difficult for librarians, but by no means impossible.  

Join YALSA for a discussion on how to build a great graphic novel collection for your readers. In this webinar, participants will learn how to find “age-appropriate” graphic novels for their tween readers. Presenter Robin Brenner discusses the criteria for rating this genre for age groups and how the saavy librarian is able to demystify  the variety of ratings that exist. Robin also touches on where to shelve graphic novels in a library’s collection. Participants will receive a core list of available tween-targeted graphic novels as well as some up and coming titles.

This webinar addresses three areas of the YALSA Competencies: Knowledge of Client Group, Knowledge of Materials and Access to Information. Buy this recording!

Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers (2011)

Whether your teen population is urban, suburban or rural, they’re talking about street lit. What is this genre and how can you incorporate it into your library? Join Megan Honig, author of Urban Grit: A Guide to Street Lit, for a conversation about street lit. Megan will discuss how to use street lit and why it is important to incorporate it into your library’s collection. Participants will also receive a list of street lit resources. Buy this recording!

Thinking Outside the Book to Serve Your Teen Patrons' Needs (2014)

Libraries provide a crucial service in meeting the educational, recreational, and developmental needs of their teen patrons, with collections that are more rich and diverse than just the books in it. Join Amy Pattee as she discusses ways in which you can highlight the overlooked resources in your collection and match them with your teen patrons’ interests. You’ll also learn about unexpected items that you can add to your collection in order to create broader appeal and “think outside the book”. Buy this recording!

We Go Together: Pairing the Latest Nonfiction for Teens with Fiction Titles (2013)

Nonfiction--it's not just for research anymore! Join Shauna Yusko for a fun-filled webinar focused on the latest and greatest nonfiction for teens (& tweens). Participants will get a look at recent “must know” nonfiction titles to recommend in the library/classroom, as well as fiction titles to pair with each book. Participants will receive a foundation for recommending and book-talking nonfiction to teens. Buy this recording!

YA Classics (2010)

Join Sarah Debraski, YALSA past president, for a discussion of YA classics. Sarah will highlight YA novels from 1951 -2003, discussing their themes and issues and how YA librarians can connect teens with these classics. Participants will receive a list of 25 go-to titles that they can use for readers advisory or to add to their collection.  Buy this recording!

VI. Access to Information

Collecting and Vetting Digital Content (2016)

This webinar discussed untapped sources of digital content that you can take advantage of to increase the digital content in your collection. You’ll learn tips for vetting content, walk away with several new sources of information, and share your own go-to resources with fellow webinar participants. This session was presented by Amanda Kramer, Director of Access Services at Miller Library at Washington College.   Buy this recording!

Commence Learning! Prepping for College Readiness Library Programming and Services (2015)

As a library worker, you’re in a prime position to help your teen patrons prepare for a journey into higher education. Join Wendy Stephens as she shares strategies and resources that you can use to develop college readiness programming centered around topics such as college applications, financial aid and scholarships, and vocational schools. Learn about additional college readiness support systems that exist within the community, and how you can link your teens’ parents up with them!  Buy this recording!

Connecting Teens to Mental Health Services and Sources

For library staff, it can be a challenge to know how best to serve teens who need mental health support and resources. In this webinar, participants had the chance to learn what resources are available and how best to connect those resources to teens who need them. The session was facilitated by Ashley Fontaine, the Executive Director of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) in Seattle. Buy this recording!

Content Creation Tools for You and Your Teens

There are a lot of great content creation tools available for you to use with and for the teens in your community. But, which are the best for developing the content just right for the work you are doing and that help teens gain 21st century skills? In this session, Nick Grove, Digital Services Librarian at the Meridan (ID) Library, will give you a chance to learn about what works best for your (and the teens you work with) needs. Buy this recording!

Fencing Out Knowledge: The Impact of CIPA 10 Years Later and What It Means To You (2014)

Passed in 2000, CIPA was designed to block adults and minors from accessing online images deemed “obscene", “child pornography”, or “harmful to minors” for minors less than 17 years old under the law by requiring public libraries and schools receiving certain federal funding to install software filters on their internet-accessible computers. The use of the internet is vastly different today than in 2003 when the constitutionality of CIPA was upheld. The internet and devices used to access online content have revolutionized learning opportunities in and out of school. Join Deborah Caldwell-Stone from ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) as she discusses how ALA's Office for Information Technology (OITP) and OIF,  with support from Google, Inc., investigated the effects of internet filtering in public libraries and schools, the effectiveness of CIPA as a policy solution, and what it all means for YALSA members today who are working on the front lines.

Keeping Your Library & Your Teen Patrons Protected: Legal Considerations in Teen Services (2013)

Join Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Pat Scales, and Kristin Pekoll as they discuss legal considerations that librarians and other library workers encounter every day in teen services. Topics for discussion will include reporting responsibilities, managing teen behavior and maintaining appropriate relationships with teen patrons, and minors’ rights in the library.

VII. Services

Catapult Your Teens into a Summer of Learning (2014)

Catapult your teens into a summer of learning! Participants in the webinar will hear about the maker movement and learn how to incorporate inexpensive and active learning activities into their summer programs for teens. They will also learn about best practices for engaging teens to read, discover, and create throughout the summer by activating their spaces and developing teen-directed and -driven environments. Erica Compton and Robin Willard share concrete ways to expand beyond traditional Summer Reading programming and catapult teens into a summer of learning. Buy this recording!

Commence Learning! Prepping for College Readiness Library Programming and Services (2015)

As a library worker, you're in a prime position to help your teen patrons prepare for a journey into higher education. Wendy Stephens shares strategies and resources that you can use to develop college readiness programming centered around topics such as college applications, financial aid and scholarships, and vocational schools. Learn about additional college readiness support systems that exist within the community, and how you can link your teens' parents up with them! Buy this recording!

Connecting Teens & Community Inside and Outside the Library (July 2016)

Imagine that through your library's activities you are able to coach teens as a way to assist them to build 21st century skills and literacies, demonstrate to the community how valuable an asset teenagers are, and help youth become strong members of the community's workforce. That's what Salvador Avila is accomplishing with his DJ learning lab at the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District.  Join Salvador in this webinar to learn about his work and how you can have the same impact in your own community.  Buy this recording!

Connecting Teens to Mental Health Services and Sources

For library staff, it can be a challenge to know how best to serve teens who need mental health support and resources. In this webinar, participants had the chance to learn what resources are available and how best to connect those resources to teens who need them. The session was facilitated by Ashley Fontaine, the Executive Director of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) in Seattle. Buy this recording!

Critics' Choice: Programming Ideas for Older Teens (2013)

Teens are one of the toughest populations to reach, and older teens present their own special challenges. How do we reach out to young adults that think they’ve done it all, seen it all, and know it all?  We librarians have a unique and amazing opportunity to connect with older teens, show them that we’re listening, and create engaging programs for them. In this webinar, participants will learn how to: recognize the needs of their older teen patrons; use topics and events that consume so much of older teens’ lives (like jobs, schoolwork, SATs, college, sports, arts, and pop culture) to develop programming that’s relevant to them; and examine strategies that have been used and are currently being used to reach and include older teens. Buy this recording!

Do More with Less: Passive Programs (2010)

Keeping up programming in the face of budget cuts and staff reductions are challenges school and public librarians across the country are facing. Gregory Lum, Library Director at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon and Sarah Ludwig, past Head of Teen and Technology Services at Darien Public Library in Darien, Connecticut and current Academic Technology Coordinator at Hamden Hall Country Day School led a conversation on budget friendly passive programs. Gregory and Sarah discussed how school and public librarians can plan, design and implement passive programs for their library. Participants in this webinar will learn about passive program ideas and how to turn passive programs into low-cost active programs. Program ideas discussed during the webinar will be posted to a wiki where participants can continue to discuss and share ideas. Buy this recording!

Easy-to-Implement Teen Programs (2013)

Serving multiple libraries, or need a quick solution to implement with a large teen crowd? This webinar will provide attendees with on-the-go, “program in a box” ideas and templates. Webinar facilitator Mike Buono will cover simple science and technology programs, arts and crafts ideas, tips for adding educational components to traditional library gaming programs, and more. Participants will leave with ideas for short, easy-to-implement programs that will snag their audience and help build the value of their library’s teen services program. Buy this recording!

Helping Youth Transition From Children's to Teen Services (2013)

Teen services librarians have a challenging role in trying to provide space and programming that meets the diverse needs of their patrons. How do you bridge the gap between tweens and teens? Jason Lamb, Tween Librarian for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, shows you ways to change your space and programs to appeal to tweens, and provides reading recommendations for tweens transitioning to teen services. Discussion topics on this webinar will include: tween-friendly space; tween programming; and reading recommendations for the tween to teen transition. Buy this recording!

Homework Help Programs (2011)

From hungry dogs to alien abductions to corrupted flash drives, the list of excuses for missed homework assignments is never ending. Help your teens get a head start on their homework by hosting a homework help program at your library. Mari Hardacre discusses both in-person and online homework help programs, including fee-based and free services. Learn how to get teens involved in the program through outreach and partnerships and learn tips for marketing your program.  Look into the future with us as we discuss where homework help programs are headed and what role social media may play in the future. Buy this recording!

Innovative Teen Programming from $10 to $10,000 (2011)

Build it out and blow it up! From smaller, community room-based programs to city wide initiatives, find out how you can launch innovative programming tailored to fit your audience and budget. Learn how to initiate cool, low-cost pilot projects or scale up smaller programs into super big events that support your teens’ interests and needs. In this webinar you’ll hear how a Teen Advisory Group idea morphed into a full-scale citywide prom, how a patch of concrete turned into an urban gardening initiative and how book discussions and online author chats exploded into a Teen Author Festival.

Participants will build skills in three areas of the YALSA Competencies, Administration, Access to Information and Services. Participants will discover how to design, implement, and evaluate programs and services that fit to their library's strategic plan, learn how to implement technology and electronic resources to provide access to information, and develop relationships and partnerships with youth and youth serving agencies to promote programs and services. Buy this recording!

Life Hacks 101: Strategies for Preparing Your Teens for Adulthood (December 2015)

Ever stop and think about how many of the life skills we take for granted that we use in our everyday lives? We weren't born with those skills, we were taught them! The library is a perfect place for teens to learn these skills, or "life hacks" - tricks that make processes in your everyday life a bit easier. This webinar will help you to understand how to not only develop life hack programming for your teens, but also re-claim precious time in your day by partnering with community groups and organizations that can lead the programming FOR you! Buy this recording!

Low-stress Strategies for Engaging the After-school Crowd (2013)

Turn loitering teens into engaged and productive ones!  This webinar explores best practices in keeping your after-school crowd under control and getting them more involved in library programs. Attendees will discover ways to make their job easier and less stressful via strategies for changing teen behavior, designing effective programs, and working with large, casual crowds of teens.

Learn how YALSA's “Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth” and national teen space guidelines can help you build a better environment for both teens and library staff.  By applying skills gained from the webinar, participants will ultimately build their base of teen patrons and future audiences via drop-in programs and more, thereby demonstrating to the community the key role libraries play in keeping teens safe and learning beyond the school day.  Buy this recording!

Making the Leap from Summer Reading to Summer Learning to Increase Impact (2016)

In this on-demand webinar, Jennifer Luetkemeyer engages participants in a discussion about the important of shifting from a summer reading to a summer learning approach by incorporating connected learning concepts into programs. Learn about resources in your community that you can tap into in order to facilitate creating new summer learning programs, and hear about libraries that have already shifted to summer learning programs and how they've done so successfully! Buy this recording!

A TAG Can Work for You, Too! (2012)

One of the best ways to get teens involved and engaged in at the library--and to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users/supporters--is to have a library teen advisory group (TAG). But creating a successful TAG isn’t as easy as just setting up a monthly meeting. It can be a challenge to figure out how to start, reactivate, or develop a TAG that fits your particular community's teens.  Diane Tuccillo discusses how to engage teens at your library. Tuccillo will offer tips on creating worthwhile projects and activities that will motivate teens to take part in a TAG, and how to engage teens to brainstorm solutions to problems that might arise in running a TAG. Buy this recording!

Teen Programming Development: Making It about the Teens from Start to Finish (November 2015)

It seems to be a common lament among teen services library workers: you work hard developing programs that the teens tell you that they want, but your attendance is still low! Where's the disconnect? Jennifer Velasquez discusses how library workers can and should involve teens in the program planning process from start to finish, while re-imagining a new type of role for themselves that focuses more on strategy, program consistency, and building metrics into programs. Participants will take away: strategies for involving teens in the program planning and implementation process, tips for re-imagining the teen services library worker's role in the planning process, and learning how to advocate for increased teen responsibility by linking it to your library's overall mission. Buy this recording!

Teen Services Programming: Opportunities & Outcomes (2015)

In this follow-up to YALSA's March 2015 webinar on the new teen services programming guidelines, YALSA discusses how library staff can more clearly define specific outcomes for their individual programs and the tools and strategies they can use to measure those outcomes. Buy this recording!

YALSA's New Teen Services Programming Guidelines: What Do They Mean for You and Your Library (2015)

What do the Teen Services Programming Guidelines mean for you and your library programming? Hayden Bass of the Seattle Public Library provides an overview of the Teen Programming Guidelines and how they can be used as a reference point when developing programming ideas that support and encourage the interests and skills of teens in your community. Buy this recording!