Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: The Future of the Past

YALSA’s new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff continues to set out a vision for the skills and knowledge library staff need in order to successfully support teens. In this 55 minute video (a recorded version of a presentation at the YALSA National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through CE) Mega. Subramaniam , Rachel McDonald, Jennifer Ilardi, and Shannon Lake discuss many of the skills set out in the Competencies. These include: Cultural Competence and Responsiveness, Continuous Learning, Outcomes and Assessment, Community Engagement, Teen Growth and Development, and Interactions with Teens.


Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Information Studies. Rachel, Jennifer, and Shannon are students in the UMD YX (Youth Experience certificate program). Rachel is a teen services librarian at the King County (WA) Library System, Jennifer is a youth services librarian at the St Louis (MO) County Library, and Shannon is the teen educator/librarian at the Providence (RI) Public Library.

Learn more about the YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff on the YALSA website and register for the upcoming free webinars on each of the Competency topics.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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