Upcoming Live Webinars

PLA is pleased to offer these upcoming webinars:

Using XR to Understand Implicit Bias and Explore a Community's 'Lost Stories'Using XR to Understand Implicit Bias and Explore a Community's “Lost Stories”
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

XR, or extended reality, is an umbrella term used for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). XR learning allows people to experience studies in an up-front, immersive environment, and you don’t have to be a tech expert to build your own XR learning experience. The Marin County Free Library in California wanted to explore how XR could help patrons understand equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice (EDISJ) by experiencing implicit bias for themselves. In this webinar, attendees will learn how the library launched a new youth program where teens and tweens created an XR experience based on African American history in Marin County during World War II. The youth wrote and produced six hip-hop songs and created an immersive 3D replica of the WWII shipyard where many African Americans worked during that time. The library created events to showcase this “lost story” of their community and raise awareness of EDISJ through the immersive experience. More…

Social Emotional Learning in the LibrarySocial Emotional Learning in the Library
A free PLA webinar series
Tuesday, October 11, 2022–Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Libraries respond to the needs of our communities, and communities all over the world have experienced an elevated level of trauma and stress over the past few years. As we continue to serve the public in these challenging times, library workers must adapt, pivoting to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the work we do with families every day. In many cases, we are already using SEL in our work. This free webinar series will cover key SEL concepts and how to integrate them into library programs and activities. Book lists and other resources will be provided, and each session will include a calming mindfulness exercise for attendees. Webinars in the series include:

  • Fundamentals of Social Emotional Learning (October 11, 2022)
  • Practical Applications of Social Emotional Learning in the Library (November 8, 2022)
  • Happy and Calm: Kids Yoga in the Library with Author Bari Koral (December 13, 2022)
  • Recharge and Refresh with Wellness Educator Shayna Marmar (January 10, 2023)

If you're unable to attend any of the live webinars in this series, an archived recording of each will be available to all registrants. More…


PLA live webinars will be CART captioned in English (United States). If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in a webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the webinar. Without prior notification of need, we may not be able to provide appropriate accommodations for the live event.

Want to be part of PLA's successful online continuing education program?

If you have an idea for a webinar you'd like PLA to present, we encourage you to submit a proposal. PLA opens a call for webinar proposals twice per year, with deadlines of May 31 and November 30 of each year. Please contact plawebinars@ala.org with any questions or concerns about the webinar proposal process.