What are the teen related continuing education needs of library staff? That’s what YALSA wants to know. To find out the association is hosting two Town Halls this week. The first is on Wednesday, January 31, at 2PM Eastern. This session is geared to library administrators. The second Town Hall is on Thursday, February 1, also at 2PM Eastern. The audience for this session is non-administrative library staff. Each session will last approximately an hour and will take place using the Zoom platform. To attend either session use this login information:
Phone: 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 816 954 867
The Town Halls are a part of YALSA’s Transforming Teen Services Through CE project funded by IMLS and in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). The project focuses on working with State Library Agencies to determine the CE needs of library staff related to serving teens. The end goal is a national agenda for teen services training for library staff.
The project started with a 1.5 day meeting in Louisville in November 2017. At that session over 40 state library agency staff joined together to talk about the lives of teens, their needs, and the skills library staff need to support teens in 2018 and beyond. After that YALSA staff talked with Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to learn their thoughts related to CE needs of library staff in their state.
At the end of the project year YALSA will publish a report that synthesizes findings and sets out recommendations and next steps. Supplementary materials will also be developed to support some of the suggested next steps.
If you have questions about the Town Halls or the project contact the Project Manager, Linda W. Braun or visit the project web page.