September 2021 - What's New for You in Professional Development

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AzLA Professional Development

Aug 30, 2021, 3:52:25 PMAug 30

AzLA PD Monthly Webinar Series. 

Listening Connects: Podcasts for Kids

Date: September 9, 2021

Time: 1 pm

Registration Link:

Program Description:

In a recent National Science Foundation/Brains On! study, 91% of kids listen to podcast episodes with their family and 96% of kids talk about what they heard after listening. Survey results like these are building awareness about the impact and educational value of kidcast listening. Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers, two kidcast-loving independent librarians, have been listening, reviewing, and connecting families to kids podcasts for five years. With kids and families home during the pandemic, listening took off as families searched for screen-time alternatives for their kids. During the first three months of 2020, children's podcast listening increased 24%, and now 25% of kids, ages 6 to 17, listen to podcasts. Join us as we share information about the growth in kidcast content, recent survey results about how kids and families listen together, new tools for discovering kidcast shows, and ideas for how you can connect and engage kids and families with kidcasts.  

Share your expertise and experience. The AzLA Professional Development Committee Monthly Webinar Series is back, and we want you. Submit your webinar proposal here. Submissions will be considered on a monthly basis.

The Professional Development Committee wants to add more voices to our group. If you are ready to help shape the direction of AzLA professional development, contact Patty Jimenez at We are interested in adding librarians from all types of libraries, from all over Arizona. 

Want more professional development? Check out the sources below!

$ = This webinar requires a fee

Children and Young Adults

Information Literacy & Teaching

Leadership and Staff Development

Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy

Technology & Tech Services

User Services

For a complete listing of webinars, see below:

AZ State Library [for a complete listing]

American Association of School Librarians  [for a complete listing]

American Library Association [For a comprehensive listing see ALA’s E-Learning Catalog]

Listing by ALA Unit

Booklist  [Check out the webinar archives for past classes]

EBSCO has hundreds of webinars in their training center  to choose from each month.

Infopeople [For a comprehensive listing see all upcoming training | archived webinars | on demand--Niche Academy Classes]

Infopeople offers a variety of webinars and self-paced online courses on topics of high interest for library staff. Webinars are free, and the Arizona State Library has purchased a block of registrations for the online courses. Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to Ann Marie Creegan at, containing:

  • The course name and dates

  • Registrant’s name

  • Registrant’s email

  • Library name

  • Library address

  • Library phone number

Library Journal: Online Courses | All Webcasts | School Library Journal Webcasts

Library Juice Academy:  Online Courses

Arizona library staff may register for courses by sending an email to Ann Marie Creegan at, containing:

  • The course name and dates

  • Registrant’s name

  • Registrant’s email

  • Library name

  • Library address

  • Library phone number

Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build new skills. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows, within a four or six-week period.


Medical Library Association

PCI: The Arizona State Library now has a subscription to PCI Webinars, giving Arizona library staff access to one live webinar a week and to the webinar archives. PCI Webinars offers webinars specifically for library staff. Email Ann Marie Creegan at to register.

Public Library Association On Demand Webinars

Archived Webinars by Topic:

TechSoup for Libraries [check here for updates]

WebJunction: Search Course Catalog Browse all Webinar Recordings

Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at and then explore the catalog of library-focused courses and archived webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you for any of the courses or archived webinars you complete from the catalog.

YALSA: Registration | Upcoming Live Webinars | Free Competencies Webinars | Webinars-on-Demand

The Arizona State Library has purchased a subscription for Arizona Library staff to access the YALSA member or subscriber only webinars. Email Email Ann Marie Creegan at for access.

We appreciate your feedback! Please contact Patricia Jimenez ( with any questions, comments, or upcoming professional development opportunities you'd like to see featured.

Yours sincerely,

The AzLA Professional Development Committee

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Patricia Jimenez, MLIS
AzLA Professional Development Chair
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teacher-librarian, Sunnyslope High School
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