Monthly Archives: July 2015

Webinar on gender construction in youth literature

ALISE’s Gender Issue SIG and Special Libraries Association’s Education Division is cohosting a free 1-hour webinar August 14 at 1:30pm EDT on Gender construction in youth literature. Registration URL:,

This webinar will cover the construction of gender in our culture and how that construction is enabled by literature for children and adolescents. Our purpose is to increase awareness about the ways our gender socialization prevents us from recognizing messages that are presented to children in literature and to help attendees begin to interrogate the idea that current children’s and adolescent literature presents gender in a more inclusive way.

Dr. Beth Brendler is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool at the University of Missouri. Her teaching interests include gender, socioeconomic status, and race in relation to literacy, sociocultural and critical theory, youth services in libraries, children’s and adolescent literature, and culturally diverse literature. Her research interests include literacy as a social act, literacy in relation to gender, race, and culture, and the use of critical discourse analysis and conversational analysis to investigate the literary experience.

Webinar on library services and ASD

Welcoming Spaces: Serving Teens on the Autism Spectrum
$155 YALSA members / $195 ALA Members / $215 nonmembers
Monday, July 13 – Sunday, August 9

This four-week course, valuable to all library staff,  library graduate students, and volunteers, will introduce participants to:

*       Understanding common behaviors seen with Autism and related sensory processing disorders
*       Customer service tips and techniques for use with teens with ASD
*       Developing programming and conducting outreach
*       The role of technology in supporting teens with ASD

For registration details, you may visit