I’m getting ready to teach the YALSA Competencies Live! Online class again. I really enjoyed teaching this one in the spring, and met some really amazing people.

The YALSA Competencies are a set of standards for our profession that cover all areas of serving young adults, from collection to spaces to programming. The class introduces students to each topic, and then the students have to take that knowledge and apply it to forming a YA plan for their own situation. For the spaces section, for example, students have to identify low cost and long term goals for the teen pleasure reading space in the public or school library.

By the end of the six week class, students have a completed YA Plan covering all the topics from the competencies. It is great for folks new to the profession and also those looking to take their current services to the next level.

I saw some amazing and inspiring plans in the spring and am looking forward to this group of students. Honestly, it made me reevaluate some of my own Teen Services at the Schaumburg Twp. Dist. Library!

The class begins 10/1, but there are still a few spaces available. Contact Nichole Gilbert at YALSA at ngilbert@ala.org if you are interested in joining.
-Amy Alessio aalessio@stdl.org

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