Hello! I just received the following email from the Association for Library Services to Children (ALCS) about the online courses they are offering. It looks like they are offering particularly good courses this year, of note are:
Children with Disabilities in the Library (6 weeks,
July 19 - August 29, 2010)
Imagine that Joey Pigza came into your library. Would he feel welcome? How would you provide library service for him? A child with a disability may need an individual service plan, but many books or articles provide generalizations and all-encompassing descriptions. This course will take another approach.
Reading Instruction and Children's Books
(5 weeks, July 19 - August 22, 2010)
Are you familiar with the terms lexile, phonics and word walls? To appropriately assist children developing reading skills, you definitely should be. Learning to read isn’t simply about books—you must have an understanding of the different methodologies for reading instruction and the formulaic approach for evaluating and interpreting grade levels assigned to books.
Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children (6 weeks, July 19 - August 29, 2010)
Graphic novels are quickly emerging as one of the best tools for motivating kids to read and have become essential components of many library collections, but are you maximizing the benefits this format offers for your programming and patrons? Are graphic novels even a fit for your library? Explore these and many other critical elements surrounding graphic novels for children. (presented by Oregonian Janet Weber, youth librarian at the Tigard Public Library!)
Registration fees are:
$95 if you are an ALCS member
$145 if you are an ALA member
$165 if you are not a member
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
Stay current with the latest trends, research and emerging technologies in children's librarianship this summer through an online education course from ALSC. Course being offered include: Children with Disabilities in the Library; Information Literacy – from Preschool to High School; Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children; Out of This World Youth Programming; and Reading Instruction and Children’s Books. Registration is now open and courses begin on July 19. Discounted rates are available for ALSC members and ALA members. Visit www.ala.org/alsced to register!
“Children with Disabilities in the Library” will discuss the individual needs of disabled children and how libraries might be able to assist each child. This course will look at inclusive programming, assistive technologies, staff attitudes and legal considerations. Participants will collaboratively develop strategies for determining needs and identify resources that can be consulted when a child requires help. The instructor of the course is Katherine Todd, adjunct instructor at Manhattanville (N.Y.) College.
“Information Literacy—From Preschool to High School” will show participants how to conduct information literacy instruction for all ages. Participants will be encouraged to examine their local schools’ and state’s requirements pertaining to library skills, and to develop methods of using the library to complement those requirements. The course will include examples of successful programs, and participants will also discuss ways that information literacy instruction can be a useful “outreach” tool. The instructor of this course is Maryann Mori, director of the Waukee (Iowa) Public Library.
“Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children” will study and discuss how this type of literature has quickly emerged as one of the best tools for motivating kids to read. Graphic novels have become essential components of many library collections, but is your library maximizing the benefits this format offers patrons? Are graphic novels even a fit for your library? This course will explore these and many other critical elements surrounding graphic novels for children. The instructor of this course is Janet Weber, youth services librarian, Tigard Public Library.
“Out of this World Youth Programming” is an essential course for anyone who has ever faced the challenge of providing programs that are not only fun and appealing, but also highly informative and educational. How do I fit all age levels? What is age-appropriate? How do I make old materials fresh again? Where do I even begin? This course will provide innovative ideas and suggestions on how to plan, promote, execute and evaluate your programs to work for you and your patrons. The instructor of this course is Angela Young, youth services librarian, Lorain County Library System.
“Reading Instruction and Children’s Books” focuses on the different methodologies for reading instruction and how to determine and interpret grade-level assigned books to effectively assist patrons. Participants will then evaluate children’s materials for grade-level of reading and develop strategies for clearly communicating this system to parents and teachers. The instructor of the course is Katherine Todd, adjunct instructor at Manhattanville (N.Y.) College.
Courses are taught asynchronously using Moodle, an online learning community. A certificate of completion will be sent to participants upon successful completion of the course. Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC Web site at www.ala.org/alsced. Fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members. For more information, contact ALSC Marketing Specialist Jenny Najduch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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