Past Professional Development
Below are professional development topics from past ACL meetings as well as materials that were shared during the trainings, where available. Find additional professional development resources on our blog.
July 2018 – ALA Annual Roundtable
Amy Martin, Children’s Collection Manager at Oakland Public Library, will present about law enforcement representation in children’s books and more information about the toolkit she created on this topic.
Are you looking for new picture books to offer at your storytimes? Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs held for families, yet we often feature the “tried and true” books we have used for years. Penny Peck’s presentation will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, and books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness.
April 2018 – ACL Institute
Eva Volin, Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services for Alameda Free Library, will offer a presentation about manga. What is it? Who does it appeal to? How do we manage it in our collections?
December 2016: CLA Annual Roundtable Discussion
November 2016: Distinguished Mini Roundup
October 2016: Self-publishing is easier than ever, and can be particularly advantageous for people of who are non-white, LGBTQ, disabled, or otherwise represent diversity. Amy Martin will talk about evaluating self-published books and choosing quality titles representing diversity for your collection.
August 2016: Julie Barton, Ph.D. Early childhood development and children’s literature
July 2016: ALA Annual Roundtable Discussion and Institute Debrief
June 2016: ACL Institute 2016 – Race Matters: Practical Ways Libraries Can Celebrate All Youth
April 2016: Storytime Fundamentals: Adding Literacy Skills and Parent Involvement, presented by Penny Peck
March 2016: Guidelines for Discussing Diversity in Reviews
February 2016: ALA Midwinter Highlights
December 2015: Distinguished Books Mini Round-Up
November 2015: CLA Highlights
October 2015: Highlights from the annual Library Summer Camp event held at the Santa Clara Office of Education presented by Penny Peck.
September 2015: “Boogers, Books, and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” presented by Shana Barchas, Education Director at Children’s Fairyland
August 2015: Graphic Novels (and their Awesomeness) by Eva Volin
July 2015: ALA Annual Conference Highlights
June 2015: ACL Institute debrief and discussion
April 2015: ACL Institute 2015, ALL DUE RESPECT: A Dialogue on Diversity, Equity, and Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth
March 2015: Understanding gender/gender diversity, presented by Joel Baum, Senior Director at Gender Spectrum
February 2015: ALA Midwinter Highlights
January 2015: Censorship and Controversial Titles presented by Beth Wrenn-Estes, SLIS professor and ACL member. Handouts:
- Self-Censorship Presentation
- How the Mind of a Censor Works
- 2013-2014 List of Challenged or Banned Books
December 2014: CLA Highlights
November 2014: Distinguished Books Mini Round-Up
October 2014: 2014 ALSC Institute Highlights
September 2014: Round-robin discussion of 2014 summer reading programs
June 2014: Nonfiction Title Suggestions.
March 2014: ACL Institute 2014. Your Library is the Common Core: CCSS, STEM/STEAM, and How Libraries Fit in With the New Push Toward Non-fiction