Have you heard? At the end of 2017 YALSA released the brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. The 10 categories of competencies are an important revision to the association’s previous documents of this type because they take into account the paradigm shift in library services for and with teens as described in the Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action report. This shift is in direct response to the world that teens live in today. A world where technology is key and literacies include digital, media, print, and more. It’s a world in which anyone working with teens needs to acknowledge the principles of connected learning and recognize and respond to the social emotional learning needs and cultural components of a teen’s life.
One way that YALSA is providing library staff with information about the competencies and the ways to develop skills for each of the 10 categories, is through a series of blog posts throughout January 2018. These posts will explore the way that individuals are gaining and demonstrating the various skills and knowledge noted as important in the new Competencies.
Along with these blog posts, YALSA is offering 10 months of free professional learning related to the competencies. Each month YALSA members and non-members are invited to participate in webinars and Twitter chats related to each of the new competencies categories. Check out the schedule below and register on YALSA’s website.
Stay tuned throughout 2018 for more learning opportunities related to YALSA’s new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. If you have any questions about the Competencies or the learning opportunities ahead feel free to contact me, Linda W. Braun, email@example.com