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Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Place: Online at
Presenters: Laura Saunders
Cost: Free

In the shift to online services and programs in the wake of the pandemic librarians discovered the benefits of online programming, such as reaching new audiences, as well as the drawbacks, including trying to bridge issues of digital equity for our patrons without always having the resources we needed at hand. Now, as the country starts to move back to more in-person gatherings and services, librarians are left to determine how to balance the shifting priorities and levels of comfort of their patrons while maintaining robust program offerings. In this first webinar of a series on hybrid programming, moderator Laura Saunders will explore the impact of COVID-19 on library programming, provide an overview of hybrid programming, and discuss the potential benefits of hybrid programming as a way to maintain service to remote audiences while re-introducing the in-person audience. The webinar is planned to be discussion-based with substantial time for participants to ask questions and share experiences. The webinar will also provide a brief introduction to the rest of the series. 

Target Audience

This continuing education activity is designed for any library professional who is looking for advice, suggestions, or tips when considering hybrid programming for your institution.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the impact of COVID on library programming 
  2. Explore the benefits and drawbacks of various program formats, including in-person, remote, and hybrid
  3. Begin to explore the questions, challenges, and opportunities of choosing hybrid programming in preparation for later webinars

Both ALA members and non-members are welcome to attend the webinar. If you are a member, click on the “Register” button, and log into your ALA account to finish registration. If you are not a member, please click on the “Register” button, scroll down under the “Login” button and create a new account by clicking on “Don’t yet have an ALA account? Make one!”