Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring in Youth Services

Hiring new staff is one of the most important decisions you make as a manager. Learn strategies to find and recruit the best candidates for your positions. Discover how flexibility in the hiring process can encourage diverse candidates. 

This is Part One of a three-part webinar series, "Building a Great Team: Hiring and Onboarding in Youth Services."

This webinar aired live on October 28, 2021.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn to craft job postings to encourage a diverse pool of candidates.
  • Participants will learn to structure and schedule interviews to allow candidates to share their strengths.
  • Participants will learn how to ask questions to ensure they get a good fit for the advertised position. 

ALSC Core Competencies

  • Participates in writing job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, training, evaluating, and encouraging continuing education for staff who work with children, their families and care givers, and educators. (6.9)
  • Advocates for recruitment, hiring, and retention efforts to increase diversity in the workplace. (6.11)

Who Should Attend

This webinar series is designed for directors, library-wide leadership, human resources staff and hiring managers, youth services department managers, branch managers, and senior and experienced youth services staff to help grow their management skills. 


Uma Nori is the Head of Youth Services at Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, Illinois. She serves on the ALSC Managing Children's Services committee and the AISLE The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award steering committee. 

Diana Price is the Central Library Manager of the Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Virginia, and has seven years of management experience in the Alexandria system. She serves on the ALSC Managing Children's Services committee and is active in ALA's International Relationship Roundtable. 

Kristin Williamson (she/her) is the Children's Services Manager for the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has 15 years of experience working with families and children birth to age 12, as well as seven years of experience hiring and supervising library staff. She serves on the ALSC Managing Children's Services Committee and is part of the ALSC Mentoring Work Group. 



Individual Webinar Pricing
ALSC Member: $39.50
ALA Member: $71.10
Non-Member: $79

Series Pricing
ALSC Member: $94.50
ALA Member: $170.10
Non-Member: $189

ALSC is proud to offer its members a 50% discount on all their webinar purchases as a benefit of their membership. Additionally, ALSC members have access to "Members-Only" webinar archive on the Webinars and Virtual Events page. Significant discounts on quality continuing education and professional development opportunities are just one of the many benefits of membership in ALSC. If you're not a member, visit our Membership page for more information on how membership in ALSC can help you develop in your professional growth and capacities. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Cancellations can be made in writing via email to the ALA/MRS department no later than the day before the webinar. Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $10 processing fee. No phone cancellations will be accepted. Refund will be processed two weeks after the webinar. ALSC reserves the right to cancel the webinar for reasons including insufficient enrollment. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted. 

If you are registered by unable to take the webinar you may transfer your registration to another student, if that student falls under the same registration category. (E.G. An ALSC member may transfer their registration to another ALSC member free of charge.) If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category, the difference is prices must be paid at the time of the transfer. All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the beginning of the course. Transfers are not accepted once the webinar begins. 

How to Register

This webinar will be available for on-demand purchase soon!

Tech Requirements

computer, Internet access


Sarah C. Polen
Program Officer, Continuing Education
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
T/F: 312-380-4026 |