ALSC Online Courses

Who knew?

There are almost as many ways to learn to read as there are learners.  And there is a method to make each one of them easier!  As I discovered in the four week long ALSC course, Reading Instruction and Children’s Books, one size does not fit all for learning to read. Instructor Kate Todd, who was a children’s librarian at New York Public Library for more than 25 years, shared her insight and her resources with a variety of students in this class.  Our class roster included librarians from all over the country; and some from outside of the U.S. as well.  We hold a variety of positions and have varying levels of experience in the field.  In our discussions on the various assignments we discovered common issues, concerns and much knowledge to share.  We were an excellent and communicative group, willing to agree, disagree, and learn from one another.  The…

ALSC Online Courses

“Sharing Poetry with Children” Online Course Thoughts

I was very pleased to participate in ALSC’s four week online education course, Sharing Poetry with Children.  The course was taught by Sylvia Vardell, SLIS professor at Texas Woman’s University, author, poetry columnist for ALA’s Book Links, and self proclaimed poetry enthusiast.  She led us through online readings  as well as through  her book, Poetry Aloud Here! , and she guided our lively discussions. I was excited to take the class, as I was certain it would inspire me and better prepare me for my monthly poetry breaks that I was holding with two classes of 2nd and 3rd graders.  Through the years, I felt that my knowledge of children’s poetry and ways to share poetry with kids had all been learned on the fly.  I was looking forward to reaping the benefits of learning in a more structured setting, and to hearing ideas and suggestions from other librarians and teachers. …

ALSC Online Courses

“The Newbery Medal” Online Course Experience

Want more proof that ALSC is one of the coolest divisions around?  Then check out their online courses coming up this summer.  As someone who got their library degree 100 percent online (shout out to a great program at UWM!), I really like the idea of convenient continuing education.  And since I’ve always loved the Newbery Medal, K.T. Horning’s recent ALSC course, “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future,” was an obvious fit. I was continually impressed by the content of the class, the caliber of the discussions, and the insight from all sorts of distinguished guest speakers.  Given the recent discussions surrounding the award, it was very helpful to be able to put the award in its historical context and to learn that professional debates about quality vs. popularity, kid appeal, and even boy appeal, have been ongoing since the first decades of the award.  As the class progressed,…

ALSC Online Courses

Summer Online Education Courses

School’s not out for summer this year!  ALSC is offering three engaging online education courses, beginning July 20, that will enhance your professional skills and knowledge.  The three courses being offered are: “Reading Instruction and Children’s Books,” “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future” and “Sharing Poetry with Children.”  Registration opens May 18, and discounted rates are available for ALSC members. ALSC’s online courses have received excellent reviews from participants.  Every week during the month of May, the ALSC Blog will feature first-hand accounts of participant experiences.  Check-out the first three posts that were just listed today! Courses are taught asynchronously using Moodle, an online learning community.  A certificate of completion will be sent to participants upon successfully finishing the course.  Detailed descriptions and course registration information is available on the ALSC Web site.  Fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members.

Blogger Jeanette Larson, Professional Development

Free Grant Writing Training

Although  not specifically designed for youth librarians, –or for libraries for that matter– the Foundation Center offers free webinars (short online training) . You must register to participate but there is no cost. Topics include grantwriting basics, proposal budgeting, and finding funders (plus other topics). Some topics are even offered in Spanish. The Center also offers free longer tutorials, interactive online training courses that reinforce lessons with interactivity, assignments, and self-tests.  (There are also a few tutorials that have a cost but many are free.)