For Member Library Staff:
Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful PartnershipsIn this webinar, explore how public and school libraries can initiate and sustain collaborative relationships.
Dispatches from the Field: Advocacy Best Practices with Jeremy Johannesen and Megan Cusick
- 2:00 PM (Eastern)
- 1:00 PM (Central)
- 12:00 PM (Mountain)
- 11:00 AM (Pacific)
You’re just about there: you have your toolkit in hand and a solid introduction to advocacy. But where do you go from here? Don’t worry – this is no fear advocacy!
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association, and Megan Cusick, ALA PPA, Assistant Director for State Advocacy, share practical tips for advocates of all experience levels. Based on their extensive knowledge in the field, Johannesen and Cusick regale viewers with real-life examples of advocacy at its best.
- Uncover tried and true best practices for advocating for children.
- Hear first-hand tales from NYLA Executive Director, Jeremy Johannesen and Megan Cusick, ALA PPA, Assistant Director for State Advocacy.
Who Should Attend
Youth Services Librarians, Children’s Librarians, Branch Managers, Library Advocates
Jeremy Johannesen is the Executive Director of New York Library Association. Having served as a Deputy Director of New York Library Association (NYLA) from 2005 – ‘08, Johannesen left to lead the New York State (NYS) Alliance for Arts Education. Jeremy returned to NYLA in 2012, assuming the role of Executive Director. Johannesen holds his BS in Arts Education from the College of Saint Rose, and is recognized as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives. When not working for libraries, Jeremy volunteers for them, serving as the President of his hometown Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
Megan Murray Cusick is the Assistant Director for State Advocacy in ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy office. She assists the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff and advocates across the country, in cooperation with other ALA offices, as well as state chapters and affiliates. She has also provided support to the Center for the Future of Libraries by identifying the work of libraries that intersects with broader social trends. Prior to joining ALA in 2015, Megan was a high school librarian and co-founder of Chi School Librarians. She has presented and published on topics such as partnerships, library trends, intellectual freedom and advocacy.
Honoring Infancy: Growing the Garden – Nurturing a Play and Early Learning Space | Register Today
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Central
“Let’s Do It” you proclaim. As a youth professional you have established the importance of play. But how do you get there and create a space supported by the library and your community? Join members from ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs & Services committee as we explore library play and learning spaces for the youngest of patrons. Whether you’re working with a small budget or looking to redesign your space you can create a play and learning space.
Social Work Students and Public Library Partnerships
This webinar will provide information on how libraries can collaborate with social work interns and programs, to provide critical services to community members and training and support for library staff.
Librarianship and social work have many shared values, including meeting the expanding and evolving needs of individuals and the community. Nearly 80 public libraries in the U.S. have collaborated with social work programs or schools of social work, to provide valuable learning opportunities for social work interns, and to connect community members with crucial services which exist beyond standard library offerings. Libraries or social work educators looking for ways to initiate collaborations with social work interns should join this webinar to understand the benefits, and a few challenges, to partnering with an institution or individual. Explore the types of intern assignments at the library that align with key social work competencies, from needs assessment to 1:1 patron referrals, and from staff training to outreach programs. And finally, discover how these internships can work for libraries of all types and sizes, including those in small and rural communities.
Presented by: Sarah C. Johnson, MLIS, LMSW, Assistant Professor, Reference & Instruction Librarian Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and creator of Social Work Students & Public Libraries website
“Can I take my baby to the library?” Even though many libraries are working to encourage families with infants by planning infant-friendly programs and spaces, families with babies still sometimes don’t realize that the library can be a destination for them. Join members of ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee as we share ideas and tips for developing a baby-friendly library experience. Topics will include marketing strategies, family-friendly policies and areas and helping non-youth staff understand babies.
From sign language to dancing and everything in between, libraries are finding ways to engage babies with words, music, and sensory activities that not only entertain them, but provide much-needed mental stimulation. In this webinar, members of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee with talk about what makes a program appropriate for babies and share some tried and true ideas that are doable at any library.