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Upcoming Webinars

YALSA Member Exclusive Webinar:
Scalable Tech Loaning Practices in Your Library

Thursday, May 11th at 1 pm CDT - Free for Members



In this YALSA Educational Webinar, New York Public Library staff will present programs currently in practice to loan equipment in various library branches in the city. Currently, NYPL patrons can check out one of five types of STEAM Discovery Kits at 30 of our branches, which include books and STEAM toys and tools such as telescopes, coding robots, and engineering games aimed at elementary and middle school students. In the flagship Teen Center, teens can borrow overnight camera kits after they complete some training and pass an assessment, and they can also engage with music and video production equipment onsite through classes and programs at the flagship Teen Recording Studio and Media Lab. 


  • Jackie Ferro, Associate Manager, Teen Tech and Design, Young Adult Programs and Services, The New York Public Library 

  • Ruth Isserman, Associate Manager, Teen Tech and Design, Young Adult Programs and Services, The New York Public Library 

  • Ricci Yuhico, Managing Librarian, Young Adult Services, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, The New York public Library  

Learning Outcomes:  

Attendees to this educational webinar will learn about our different budget levels for each project and how staff have used the ILS as a tool in their tech loaning practices. This behind-the-scenes look can help inform attendees how they can remix these methods to work for their own library systems. 

Learn more before attending. Attendees can review our STEAM Kits information page or our Teen Recording Studio & Media Lab information page


Under Scrutiny, Helping Staff Feel Safe and Empowered in the Face of Book Challenges

Tuesday, April 11 am Central 

Register!  (you will need to sign in with your ALA membership first)


This webinar is sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), AASL (American Association of School Librarians), PLA (Public Library Association), and ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children).

All around the country, politically motivated challenges to library patrons’ freedom to read and library staff members’ ability to do their jobs are increasing. Many of these challenges have moved from simple complaints and removal requests to abusive, sometimes dangerous behavior. 

In this new webinar, you’ll hear from Darcy Lipp-Acord, the Youth Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, WY. As someone who has been on the front lines of this harassment, she will present information linking strategies of book challenging groups with abusive behaviors typically found in domestic relationships and offer strategies for dealing with those behaviors as front-facing library staff.

You’ll learn about common strategies used by political groups in their efforts to censor youth materials, how to identify and name these behaviors, and how doing so can empower library staff to develop proactive strategies for responding in ways that protect their safety and integrity.

After participating in this event, learners will:

  • Be able to identify common abusive behaviors being used by book challenging groups
  • Be able to recognize the patterns utilized by these groups
  • Understand how to adapt strategies taught to domestic abuse victims to library situations, and to utilize these strategies to help staff cope with abusive behaviors

Darcy Lipp-Acord is the Youth Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, WY. Since July of 2021, she has been directly involved in dealing with a local group attempting to move youth materials out of childrens and teen areas of her library. The group, as many such challengers nationwide, has resorted to abusive techniques that demoralize staff. Lipp-Acord has researched the links between these techniques and abusive strategies often used in domestic situations and presented her findings at the 2022 YALSA Symposium in Baltimore.

YALSA Member Exclusive Webinar 
Youth Voice and Media Making
Thursday, April 13 at 1 pm Central 
Register!  (you will need to sign in with your ALA membership first)

Description: Learn how you can use the Youth Media-Making Toolkit created by CIRCLE (Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) and The Lamp with teens to help them realize the power of their voice in public conversations. Members of YALSA’s Teen Civic Engagement Committee will discuss how they used toolkit activities in a variety of ways with teens. Teens from the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, MA will share their experiences creating media around democratic participation.

Rachel McDonald
is the Teen Services Coordinator for King County Library System in Western Washington. She is the current chair of YALSA’s Teen Civic Engagement Committee and is passionate about working with teens to reduce barriers to their participation in civic life and democracy.

Erica Schimmel is a Teen Outreach Librarian with Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado. She is excited to advocate for teens in identifying their causes and finding ways to amplify their voices.

Tori Gellman is a Teen Services & MakerSpace Librarian in Massachusetts. They are always actively seeking ways to bolster and support the teens in their community and the world.

Katie Cree is a Reference Librarian for the Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester, NY. She loves recommending novels with new perspectives and learning about other cultures. She wants to empower teens to advocate for causes that matter to them.

Shannon Ballou is a Library Assistant with the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has a passion for information literacy and loves working with high school students as they navigate their complex lives. She’s looking forward to helping teens find and use the most relevant information.

Ruby Belle Booth is the Elections Coordinator at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. She is interested in youth civic participation as a pathway for social, racial, and economic justice and is passionate about increasing youth voice throughout our political and education systems and in CIRCLE’s work.

Elizabeth Sullivan is a Research Assistant at CIRCLE, focusing on the intersection of media and youth civic engagement. She is a junior at Tufts studying Sociology and Civic Studies and is passionate about using media as a way to encourage youth civic engagement, especially for those who hold marginalized identities.


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Looking for a past webinar? YALSA members visit our webinars-on-demand web page.

2018 Free YALSA Webinars on the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff

Looking for more past webinars related to the above topics? Check out the respective pages below: