TASL Webinars


TASL is excited to begin offering our members webinar opportunities for convenient online professional development. Webinars will be hosted by TASL members or special guest presenters. We hope to offer two options each month, and most webinars will last between 30 minutes to an hour. Participants who tune into the live webinar will receive a certificate of attendance, though PD credit is up to the discretion of your school or district.

Do you have a particular topic or subject you’d like to see covered in a future webinar? Click here to let us know!

Are you interested in presenting a webinar? Click here to submit a proposal.

 Upcoming Webinars


Date Time Presenter Topic Registration Link
Monday, November 30 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, CST

Moderator: Brandi Hartsell

Panelists: Suzanne Atwell, Jennifer Boren, Nichole Dossett, Katelyn Jernigan, Teresa Moffett, Jennifer Sharp

Creating Welcoming Spaces for ESL Students: A Conversation

Concerned about making your library welcoming to students who speak English as a second language? Join us to hear a panel of school librarians share how they are accomplishing this in their libraries! You'll hear from school librarians across the state and across grade levels.

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Wednesday, December 9 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, CST

Klem-Marí Cajigas is the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life!, Nashville Public Library’s award-winning early literacy outreach program. She has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012, after more than a decade of academic training in Religious Studies and Ministry, including doctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

Lindsey Patrick-Wright was formerly the Youth Services and Continuing Education Coordinator for TSLA. She has been at Nashville Public Library for 9 years now, first managing the Children’s Department and is currently managing the Southeast Branch.


Tackling Racism in Children’s Literature 

We all know that there are outdated and racist classics on our shelves. These books reflect a homogenous past, yet they still thrive in an ostensibly multicultural present. How do we hold fast to intellectual freedom while solidifying our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness?

Nashville Public Library spent a year asking that question and the resulting work can be replicated by other libraries seeking to apply an anti-racist lens to their collections. Join us as Klem-Marí Cajigas and Lindsey Patrick-Wright offer insight and suggestions for us to re-evaluate our own collections. This webinar was previously presented as a session at both TLA’s 2019 Annual Conference and at the 2020 PLA Conference, and for the Tennessee State Library & Archives.


Register on Google Forms for this FREE webinar!


**This webinar is available to ALL people for FREE, not just members. This is a great time to get a taste of what TASL members have access to all year long!**


If you have any questions about TASL Webinars, contact TASL Webinar Coordinator Brandi Hartsell at [email protected]


Past Webinars:

This is a list of the webinars completed in the past. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact TASL Webinar Coordinator Brandi Hartsell at [email protected].




November 9, 2020 Suzanne Sherman Curation Tools for Teaching: Meeting AASL Standards
October 24, 2020 Emily Haendel Baking It Happen: A Recipe for Building Relationships and Collaboration in the Library
October 3, 2020 Jennifer Boren  Virtual Field Trips: Using Skype in the Library 
September 29, 2020 Catie Eskew Self-Care & Coping Strategies in the Wake of COVID-19
May 7, 2020 Amber Moser 2019-2020 in the Rearview and 2020-2021 on the Horizon
April 20, 2020 Sarah Dark & Anna Bernstein Put Some Community In It
April 8, 2020 Andrea Zielke TEL Cool School Tools
March 30, 2020 Ginny Britt 45 Tech Tools
March 2, 2020 Vicki Winstead & Katie Capshaw Perfect Presentation Proposals
February 17, 2020 Elizabeth Shepherd Making Genrefication Work in Your Library
February 5, 2020 Lindsey Kimery & Amanda Smithfield Library Legislative Day
January 30, 2020 Christa Cordrey Library Newsletters That Work