Jump start your career with ALSC’s online education courses

Aimee Strittmatter

ALSC Deputy Director

(312) 280-2164



For Immediate Release

December 9, 2008

CHICAGO—Start the New Year building your career skills by taking an exciting new online education course from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Courses include: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books;” “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future;” “The Tech Savvy Booktalker;” and “Sharing Poetry with Children.” Registration opens Dec. 29, and discounted rates are available for ALSC members.

The courses will begin in February and are four-to-six weeks in length. They will be taught asynchronously using Moodle, an online learning community. The next session of ALSC online courses is scheduled for summer 2009

“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
www.ala.org/alscevents. 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, a division of the American Library Association (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