ASCLA Online Webinar Series: Something for Everyone

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Professional development remains an important part of a successful library career, but we here at the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) recognize that traveling to conferences and other events can be expensive.

To help you get the best value for your educational dollar, we’ve created an online webinar series—the ASCLA Virtual Convergence—which will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 21. Participation in the Convergence is open to all interested learners, and we’d like to invite you to join us for a webinar or two.

Here are just a few of the reasons you should participate in this learning opportunity:

  • Something for everyone. Webinar topics for the Convergence are relevant all types of libraries and librarians. We’ll cover topics ranging from the dimensions of and solutions for library accessibility in “Library and Information Access for Differently-Abled Patrons”, and also provide an overview of independent library work in “Contract Librarianship: Concepts and Strategies”.
  • No travel costs. You can attend these webinars from the convenience of your work or home computer, and only pay for the learning experience: $40 per webinar for ASCLA and FAFLRT members ; $50 per webinar for ALA members and $45 for Student and Retired members.
  • More bang for your buck. ALA and ASCLA members who register for two or more webinars can save up to $5 per session on their registration rates! Recommended session pairings include:
    • Attracting Latinos to the Library” and “Managing Library Adult and Family Literacy Programs
    • Careers in Federal Libraries”, “How to Find a Federal Job” and “Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques
    • Saks Fifth Avenue Service on a Dollar General Budget” and “Using Learning Objects to Enhance Distance Reference Services
    • Starting a New Library for At-Risk Young Adults in a Digitally Divided Community”, “Teaching Ophelia: Assisting At-Risk Teenagers” and “Why Reinvent the Wheel? Tools for Serving the Fast-Growing Teen Population
    • Accessibility 101: Assure that Your Library is Welcoming and Usable for Persons with Disabilities”, “The Disability Experience in a Post-2.0 World” and “Presenting Topics to People Who are Autistic, Deaf, Disabled and Non-Disabled
  • Access to information. Attend a Convergence webinar such as “A Copyright Policy Update on Access to Information for Persons with Print Disabilities” and you’ll learn about important developments in the field that you can apply to your job immediately. Convergence webinars also offer more general topics such as “Grant Writing 101”, where you will learn how to research funding opportunities and get tips about the grant application process.

You can download the complete list of webinars—titles, descriptions and scheduled times—here.

To register, go to the registration page. Scroll down to Virtual Convergence and click on “Register” to the right–you’ll be prompted for your ALA login. You can also download the registration form to sign up by fax or mail. Contact Membership and Customer Service with any questions at or 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

We are offering group registration prices, too! Contact for more information.

I hope you’ll invest in yourself and your professional success, and join us for one or more of these exciting sessions!

Diana Reese
ASCLA President

PS—We’re also offering the following sessions: “Knowledge Management: Process and Tools for Convergence”, “Public Computer Conundrums: Policy and Program Choices that Improve Patron Outcomes”, “How to Build a Bridge: Connecting Different Types of Libraries”, “Extending Our Reach: Using Extension Programs to Promote Statewide Resources” and “Conducting Successful Virtual Meetings”. Download the full schedule, including dates, times and descriptions.