Learning with YALSA This Summer

drawing of hands raised The teens in your community might be out of school for the summer (or just about to get out of school) however, library staff never stop learning. That’s why YALSA has some great options for you to keep your learning going this summer. Here’s what’s on YALSA’s continuing education calendar for June, July, and August:

New E-Course

Start at the End: Backward Design for Library Programming
7/8/2019 – 8/11/2019

This new online course, taught by Casey Rawson, a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, gives participants the chance think about what they would like their library activities for and with teens to achieve. Then with that in mind work backwards to determine what programs they might provide in order to reach that goal/impact. During the five week course participants will learn about the backwards design framework for planning. They will also have the chance to develop learning goals for their activities for and with teens and through those goals better articulate the value of the work that they do. You can learn more and register for this e-course on the YALSA website.

Summer Webinars

Building Middle School Futures
Thursday, 6/13/19, 2PM Eastern

Over the past 3 years library staff in small, rural, and tribal libraries have participated in YALSA’s Future Ready with the Library project. The project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in partnership with the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, focuses on supporting the college and career awareness needs of middle schoolers through community partnerships and building of social emotional skills. In this webinar four FRwtL cohort members (Tyler Hahn, Cherokee Public Library, Cherokee, IA; Karen Pierce, Slippery Rock Community Library, Slippery Rock, PA; Allison Shimek, Fayette Public Library, Archives, & Museum LaGrange, TX; Megan Wissbrod, Divide County High School Library, Crosby, ND) will discuss why the work they are doing with their communities and middle schoolers is important. They will also provide examples of how all library staff can get started. YALSA members receive a link to register for this webinar in their weekly e-news. Non-members can learn more about webinar registration and subscription options on the YALSA website.

Equity Through Teen Service Learning
Thursday, 7/11/19, 2PM Eastern

Many libraries provide opportunities for teens to fulfill community service requirements through library volunteering opportunities. However, libraries often miss the chance to provide community service credit and at the same time give teens the chance to truly serve their communities and build life skills. In this webinar Formal Learning Librarian, Ayan Adem from the Seattle (WA) Public Library, will discuss the power of Teen Service Learning as a way to close opportunity gaps and cultivate leaders. She’ll provide real life examples of teen-led projects. Participants will walk away with practical strategies and methods to launch equity-based Teen Service Learning at their library! YALSA members receive a link to register for this webinar in their weekly e-news. Non-members can learn more about webinar registration and subscription options on the YALSA website.

The Resilient Librarian: Cracking Your Self-Care Code (so you can be there for your community)
Thursday, 8/8/19 2PM Eastern

Do you find it difficult to find effective ways to sustainably take care of yourself without breaking the bank at the spa, or drowning your sorrows in a vat of ice cream? Everyone is different, so it’s no surprise that a road map to self-care must be flexible enough to accommodate our differences, but be practical enough that we can maintain it day in, and day out. This webinar, facilitated by Kathleen Houlihan, Teen Central Manager for the Austin (TX) Public Library, teaches how to assess the things that matter most, and help participants come up with a plan and concrete actions to take to make sure it’s possible to look after personal needs every week, helping make for a more resilient person. YALSA members receive a link to register for this webinar in their weekly e-news. Non-members can learn more about webinar registration and subscription options on the YALSA website.

If you have questions about YALSA’s summer continuing education offerings feel free to get in touch with me, lbraun@leonline.com, YALSA CE Consultant.

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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