Webinars on Demand
Free to members and $19 to all others! Looking for professional guidance on teen services trends? Look no further than YALSA's Webinars-on-Demand! In these archived webinars, experts from the field walk you through hour-long sessions that you can put into practice at your library immediately.
YALSA members receive complimentary access to all archived webinars via Y.E.L.L. (YALSA E-Learning Library)! The fine print:
- webinars are embargoed for 60 days after recording.
- Visit the For Members Only section of the site and select "YELL" to access them
For those who are not YALSA members, archived webinars are available on demand and cost $19 for an individual webinar and $49 for a series of three. A group rate is available for $99 per webinar. The group rate gives libraries unlimited access to the webinar for 6 months.Webinars-on-Demand are available for purchase two months after the webinar takes place. Once purchased, you can view the webinar immediately. Please note certificates of participation are not available for webinars on demand.
Webinars-on-Demand are available in these content areas: collection development and readers' advisory, programming, technology, and YA service delivery. You can purchase a Webinar-on-Demand by clicking "Buy This Recording" on each individual entry or by downloading and returning this purchase order form (PDF).
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. Thank you for your cooperation.
Interested in YALSA’s webinars? Check out one of our free webinars-on-demand
- Check-in: Maker Spaces 101, Teens, and You
- Demonstrating Impact Through Teen Summer Reading (sponsored by Dollar General)
- Don’t Get Lost in Translation: Connect with Your Teens through Summer Reading (sponsored by Dollar General)
- Gamification in Libraries: Teen Tech Week (sponsored by Tutor.com)
- Programming for Teen Read Week
- Putting the PRO in Professional: Using Social Media in Your Career Search
- Seeking the Unknown in the Blink of an Eye
- Teens & the Future of Libraries (a series of discussions held jointly with connectedlearning.tv in May 2013)
- VIPS: Why you Need Them for Advocacy
Back to the Facts: YA Nonfiction
Get to know YA nonfiction! Join Angela Carstensen, 2010 Chair of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, for a discussion of YA nonfiction. Learn how to collect and evaluate YA nonfiction, and see where the future of nonfiction is headed! Participants will learn where to find reviews, and what blogs, authors and publishers to watch, and will receive a rubric for evaluating YA nonfiction. Angela will highlight recent award-winning and other excellent nonfiction titles and will discuss how the development of ebooks might affect the future of nonfiction. Buy this recording!
Book Blitz! 45 Must Know YA Titles in 60 Minutes
Summer Reading is around the corner and time is at a premium, so join us for this snappy look at 45 “must know” fiction and non-fiction YA titles released in 2012. Presenter, Shauna Yusko will highlight Series & Sequels, Not to Miss Non-Fiction, New Books by Big Name Authors, Quiet Gems, and Middle School appropriate titles.
Participants in this webinar will: learn about new “must have” YA titles to recommend to teens in your library/classroom, and identify Summer Reading suggestions across genres. This webinar addresses YALSA Competencies Area V: Knowledge of Materials and Area VI: Access to Information. Buy this recording!
Building Blocks for a Diverse Library Collection
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!
Finding a Place on the Shelf: YALSA Book Awards and the Middle School Library
The middle school librarian faces the unique challenge of building a collection that is appropriate for both teens and tweens. In light of the 2012 YALSA book award announcements, what winners and honor books have middle school appeal? Join Megan Fink, for a discussion of the YALSA award winners and honorees and their placement on the middle school bookshelf.Megan will discuss the winner and honor books of the Printz, Morris, Nonfiction and Edwards Awards. She’ll also suggest criteria to use when evaluating these books for inclusion in a middle school library. Megan will lead a roundtable discussion regarding selection versus self-censorship when evaluating the award winners and honorees.. Participants should come ready to share one past YALSA award winner or honoree that they have chosen to include, or not include in their library. Buy this recording!
Graphic Novels and Tween Readers
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!
Reaching Reluctant Readers
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!
Reading Unbound: E-Readers and Your Library
For many teens, reading isn’t confined to the printed page as more devices support a variety of applications and other access mechanisms for connecting teens with a range of content. Led by Wendy Stephens, this webinar will address strategies for librarians providing access to both free and subscription-based texts and technical and logistical support for teens reading on the screen, be it a computer, mobile device, or dedicated e-reader. Youth services professionals will consider ways to maximize the e-reading experience, experiment with free resources, and bridge the digital divide with lowest-common denominator file formats. Buy this recording!
Ready, Set, Go! 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes
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!
Street Smart: Serving Teen Street Lit Readers
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!
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!
Critics' Choice: Programming Ideas for Older Teens
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
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
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!
Get Crafty for Less
Crafts are some of the most popular library programs but they can be expensive! With the right tricks, a little glue, some scissors, a little bit of money and a lot of innovation – you can create a successful crafts program for your library. Join Elizabeth Saxton for a discussion of crafting on the cheap and learn trips and tricks for inexpensive crafts programs. Saxton will share ideas for jewelry crafts, recycled materials crafts and book-making projects. All craft ideas presented will be $20 or under. Buy this recording!
Homework Help Programs
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. Join Mari Hardacre as she 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
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.
This webinar will be presented by Chris Shoemaker and Jack Martin, New York Public Library teen programming gurus. Buy this recording!
Journey into the Darkness: Summer Reading Programs
With three carefree months of no school, no homework, long days and warm nights, the summer is the perfect time to get teens reading! Join Charli Osborne for a discussion of books and programming ideas to help you and your teen readers “Own the Night” this summer. From vampires to dystopias to ghost hunting and astronomy, participants will gain ideas for genre-based reading lists that are sure to have teen-appeal. Each night-themed reading list will be accompanied by a programming idea. From low-maintenance passive programming, to easy game-show ideas to an extensive book-themed lock-in, there is a program for every library and every budget.
This webinar will address 3 areas of the YALSA Competencies: Communication, marketing and outreach; Knowledge of materials; Services
This webinar will be presented by Charli Osborne. Charli is the Head of Teen Services at the Oxford Public Library in Oxford, MI and is the Chair of YALSA’s Summer Reading Task Force. Charli has served on numerous YALSA book award committees and is a past Chair of the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. She received the 2005 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Young Adults, and regularly reviews for School Library Journal, Library Journal and Booklist. Buy this recording!
Low-stress Strategies for Engaging the After-school Crowd
Turn loitering teens into engaged and productive ones! This webinar will explore 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!
Serving LGBTQ Teens
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!
Take Your Summer Reading Program from Yawn to Yay! with STEM
Are you looking for a way to refresh or amp up your library's summer reading program in order to reach a broader audience of tweens and teens? This webinar will provide attendees with information, resources and tips for incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) activities and reading materials into your summer reading program. Webinar facilitator Candice Mack will offer a little something for everyone, including: simple STEM programs for busy librarians and library workers; using the summer camp model for teen STEM programs; and strategies for using YALSA's STEM wiki and booklists in your summer reading program. Buy this recording!
Apps Apps Everywhere
What apps should youth librarians be using and why? How can we coordinate smartphones and technology into programming, and readers’ advisory? Join tech guru Erin Daly to learn all about the world of apps in libraries. Attendees will uncover the best apps for use in their library plus a rundown of apps recommended for teens and tweens! Buy this recording!
From 140 Characters to 10 Pages: Teens, Social Media and Information Literacy
Social media has altered the information landscape by expanding the flow of information from books, newspapers and journals to instant reports from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. From live video feeds of protests around the world, to regular updates from favorite YA authors via Twitter and Facebook, teens are regularly engaging with a broad spectrum of information. How can librarians help teens navigate through these information streams and learn to separate the wheat from the chaff?
Join Laura Pearle for a discussion on how school and public librarians can help their teens use social media for research projects. Laura will explore ways in which you can help your teens locate appropriate material in social media streams as well as determine the validity of the source material. Participants will learn how to create research focused Twitter hash tag lists for their students and how to assist their students in citing information from social media sources. Laura will also discuss how librarians can help teens become good digital citizens when contributing to social media streams. Join us for this important discussion!
This is the first in a two-part series that explores social media in the library. Part Two is a webinar on social media policy presented by Linda Braun. Buy this recording!
Going Mobile: Teens, Libraries and Cell Phones
Teens are using cell phones more than ever. From accessing the Internet, to texting, to listening to music, to making the occasional phone call, cell phones have become a staple in the life of the modern teen. What does this mean for libraries, and how can librarians use cell phones to connect with their teens? Join Jennifer Velasquez, Teen Services Coordinator at the San Antonio Public Library for a discussion of the demographics of teen cell phone users and how libraries can build programs and create collaborative learning opportunities to engage their teens via mobile phones. Buy this recording!
I'm Tweeting on the Inside
Social media has proven itself as a powerful tool for connecting with your library patrons and building a sense of community. But what if you're not able to use it to promote your library? Maybe your supervisor isn't a fan of Twitter, or the library board isn't sold on the value of a Facebook page. This webinar presents a case study of how librarians who can't promote using social media at their libraries can still utilize it to make a difference and connect with their library communities. In this webinar, participants will learn how to use social media to: connect with other librarians and share information and programming ideas; create a brand for yourself among your patrons and professional community; and use what social media you have access to to connect with your teens. Buy this recording!
Tech 4 U: Technology Programs for Every User
Animoto, VoiceThread, Comic Creator, Toondoo, Storybird—what are these strange names? They are all fun, easy-to-use web applications that can be tailored to suit any program for teens. Whether you feel comfortable delving into technology or you would like to do more but are unsure where to begin, this webinar will give you the tools to find and use technology that will entertain and teach your young adult patrons. Megan Fink, middle school librarian and advisor at the Charlotte Country Day School, will discuss web-based applications that can suit any special event, after school program or educational lesson. Our Tech 4 U webinar puts you in the driver’s seat to enjoyable technology programming. Buy this recording!
Tweet, Like, Link: Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Library
Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, or a blog presence that you use to connect with teens in your community? Do you have a social media policy that outlines use of social tools by you and members of your community? If you are just getting started with social media in your teen services, or if you've been using these tools for quite awhile, a social media policy is a key ingredient for success. In this webinar you'll learn what a social media policy is, why it's important to have one, what the policy should include, how the policy can help you support teens, and how you can use the policy as an advocacy tool.
This webinar was presented by Linda Braun, an Educational Technology Consultant for Libraries and Educators Online. This is the second in a two-part series that explores social media in the library. Buy this recording!
Part one of this series, “From 140 Characters to 10 Pages: Teens, Social Media and Information Literacy” took place in August was presented by Laura Pearle.Buy this recording!
What Is That Thing? Making QR Codes Work for Your Library
They’re in catalogs, on advertisements at the bus stop, and on the tags of the begonias at your local flower shop; a blocky black and white square that is popping up everywhere. What are these things and what is their purpose? Join Jennifer Velasquez, Teen Services Librarian at the San Antonio Public Library, for a discussion of QR codes. Learn how any librarian, from the tech-novice to the tech-guru, can start using QR codes in the library at no cost. Jennifer will explain how QR codes work and will share sites where librarians can quickly and easily create their own QR Codes for free! Jennifer will share ideas and techniques on how librarians can immediately incorporate the use of QR codes into their existing library programs, and create new programs using QR codes. Participants will learn how to affectively use QR codes to present and market programming at their library, and how QR codes can be used to build bridges between teen created content and print and digital material in the library. Buy this recording!
Back to Basics: Updated Guidelines for Everyday Service to 21st Century Teens
The current generation of teens is the most ethnically diverse and technologically plugged in ever. Is your library ready to serve them? YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth play a key role in everyday service to young adult patrons. Join Sarah Flowers, author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA’s Competencies into Action, to discuss practical ways to promote and apply the YALSA Competencies to ensure quality library service to the teens in your community. Buy this recording!
Best Practices in Teen Space Design
Looking for ways to spruce up your existing teen space? Or are you moving into a new building and need to redesign or plan something new? Join Kim Bolan Cullin as she discusses the latest in teen space planning and implementation. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of basic teen space design including actively engaging teens throughout the process, incorporating their ideas, and maintaining ongoing involvement. Kim will also discuss the latest teen space trends including planning tools, layout, décor, digital creativity and interactivity, collaborative spaces and more. Buy this recording!
Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens
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!
Helping Youth Transition From Children's to Teen Services
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? Join Jason Lamb, Tween Librarian for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, as he 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!
Managing the Swarm: Teen Behavior in the Library and Strategies for Success
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!
Feeling Risky? Join Linda Braun, immediate past president of YALSA for a discussion of Risky Business! Linda will discuss why risk is important in teen services, how to be smart when building risky collections, how taking risks can help in programming with teens, what the best way is to take risks with technology and how to assess risky situations. Participants will learn how to determine when a risk is a risk worth taking and how capable their library is of risk. Buy this recording!
A TAG Can Work for You, Too!
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. Join Diane Tuccillo for a discussion on 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. Tuccillo will also discuss how to engage teens to brainstorm solutions to problems that might arise in running a TAG. Buy this recording!
Teen Services Amplified! with Everyday Advocacy
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!
Teen Spaces on a Dime
Large or small, bright and colorful or muted and calm, teen spaces are a critical part of the library. But for many libraries on a tight budget, creating a teen space can be a challenge. Join Katherine Trouren Trend for a practical discussion on how to work with the available resources in your library to create a dynamic and vibrant teen space. Katherine will discuss how participants can work with their teens to build a flexible and creative physical space that incorporates the expectations of 21st century teens. Katherine will also discuss how to build engaging virtual spaces for teens. This webinar was presented by Katherine Trouern-Trend, a Youth Services Librarian at the Hartford Public Library in Hartford, CT. Buy this recording!