We've been talking a lot about badges on the YALSAblog but haven't given readers much of an update on what's going on with the association's badge project. First, we've just made an Xtranormal video with a bit of information about how the project is going to work. Check it out below:
The team developing the project has been working hard to figure out the best way to help library staff working with teens gain skills in areas covered in YALSA's Competencies of Librarians Serving Youth in Libraries and I think things are really coming together. We are going to give all members of the badge leaning community the chance to participate as badge earners and as mentors, experts, and feedback providers. Badge earners will create content including videos that show off elevator pitch skills, social media policies, advertisements for e-collections, and Pinterest or Learnist boards that promote library collections for teens. Not only will badge earners learn a lot, but they'll also make connections with others serving teens in libraries as they give feedback on projects posted.
We expect to start testing badges later this fall and will launch them in early 2013. Next week I'll fill you in on some of what the project team learned putting the project together, and a bit about the challenges uncovereed related to making badging work. Stay tuned.
If you want to read more about YALSA's badging project and what badges are all about, check out our series of posts on the topic.