ALSC to offer four online continuing education courses

Contact: Aimee Strittmatter

ALSC Deputy Director

(312) 280-2164


For Immediate Release

July 29, 2008

ALSC to offer four online continuing education courses

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering four online continuing education courses this fall including: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” (Katherine Todd); “The Tech Savvy Booktalker” (Nancy J. Keane); “The Technology Enhanced Library Professional” (Sara Fisher); and “Sharing Poetry with Children” (Sylvia M. Vardell).

The courses, selected by the ALSC Education Committee, are the first of their kind for ALSC and will begin Oct. 6, running through Nov. 14. Future sessions are scheduled for February 2009 and summer 2009. All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer these outstanding professional development opportunities to our members,” ALSC President Pat Scales said. “As children’s and youth services librarians, we are acutely aware of the rapidly changing technologies, and accept the challenge to incorporate these technologies in library programming targeted to the young patrons we serve. In addition, we realize that to better understand and serve the youth of today, we must stay abreast of new research and trends in child development. ALSC’s new online continuing education classes address these topics. They are also affordable and convenient.”

Course registration information is available on the ALSC Web site at Registration opens for the first session on Aug. 11. Course fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members. For more information, contact ALSC Deputy Aimee Strittmatter at

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their Web site at