Conferences and Continuing Education

ALSC is committed to creating quality continuing education experiences, both in-person and online, that cover best practices for individuals serving libraries and families; early literacy initiatives and programming; and more. Our major conferences, institutes, and special events also highlight the voices of leading and up-and-coming children's book creators, thought leaders in literacy and education, and more.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring any of ALSC's Continuing Education initatives - be it sending speakers to ALSC National Institute, supporting a webinar on collection development, or sending materials to the upcoming Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training - please reach Sarah Polen, Program Officer for Continuing Education.

ALSC webinars are held in Zoom; closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

Accommodations are available at ALSC in-person continuing education programming by request. Please contact Sarah Polen, Program Officer for Continuing Education, to determine how ALSC can best meet your specific needs. 

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Conferences & Institutes

National Institute, ALA Annual Conference, and LibLearnX are some of the premier multi-day professional development opportunities for individuals serving children and families in libraries. 

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ALSC offers a variety of annual, biennial, and one-time special events and trainings to support the professional development of those serving children and families in libraries. 

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Online Courses

ALSC's online courses provide a 'deep dive' into a particular area of the field. While learning from leaders in the content area, course participants join a small cohort to further their knowledge and practice. 

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Virtual Events & Webinars

Virtual Events & Webinars allow individuals serving children and families in libraries to find short, intensive dives into best practices, developing trends, current events, and other content to further audiences' knowledge in the field.

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ALSC Competencies

The ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Libraries is the foundational document for the professional development of individuals serving children and families in libraries. 

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Call for Programs

Throughout the year, ALSC accepts proposals for education programs at various ALA and ALSC events, as well as ALSC online courses and webinars. This is a great way to build presentation skills and share expertise!

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