There’s lots of opportunities this winter to take advantage of YALSA CE that focuses on making sure teens in your community have access to materials and services that meet their specific needs. Here’s what’s on our lineup:

Let’s Keep it Real: Library Staff Helping Teens Examine Issues of Race, Social Justice, and Equity
January 26, 2017, 2PM Eastern
Library staff play an important role in helping teens to gain skills, comfort, and confidence in making decisions and having discussions related to social justice, equity, and race. In this webinar you’ll have the chance to learn about how to help teens recognize their abilities in this area. Library Journal Mover and Shaker Amita Lomial will facilitate the webinar. Check out a portion of Amita’s 2015 webinar for YALSA on libraries and cultural competence.

Using Media Literacy to Stop the Fake News Cycle
February 16, 2017, 2PM Eastern
Learn how you can use simple media literacy concepts and online tools to help young people decode, deconstruct and talk back to harmful and misleading news stories. Led by The LAMP, nationally recognized for its hands-on media literacy programming and digital resources, webinar participants will leave with actionable steps to engage teens in media literacy activities that connect to their interests and support civic engagement activities locally and nationally.

Check out an example of The Lamp’s work in this YouTube video:

STEM Impact Through Youth Voice
March 16, 2017, 2PM Eastern
According to a 2015 Youth Truth survey, a majority of youth in the United States feel unprepared for college and careers. At the same time, employers struggle to fill thousands of STEM related jobs due to an unqualified workforce. Explore how the process of supporting 21st century skill building with volunteers and interns who design and implement programs, can also build your library’s capacity to offer meaningful, authentic, and awesome STEM programs in which youth have a voice. YALSA Past President and Youth Services Manager at the Kitsap Regional Library (WA) will facilitate the session. You can learn more about the STEM work Shannon has been involved in as a part of the Library System’s IMLS funded Make, Do, Share project.

Building Reflective Collections…Always Teens First
March 20-April 16, 2017

Julie did a great job presenting the material and letting us come up with our interpretations and how to make the ideas work for our community.”

In this four-week eCourse, participants will explore building reflective, responsive collections that represent their teen communities. We will discuss ways to learn about patrons—both users and “not-yet” users, in addition to assessing current collections. In the process of acquiring materials, we will discuss #ownvoices, problematic reviews, counter stories and the need for diverse professional networks. The framework threading through this course will be that diverse collections are only one step in building inclusive libraries. The course will be facilitated by Julie Stivers (MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has worked with teens in different settings, including schools in Durham and Wake Counties in North Carolina and with incarcerated youth at the Durham Youth Home. She is currently the Librarian at Mount Vernon School, an alternative public middle school in Raleigh, NC, where she loves finding engaging, reflective literature to put in her students’ hands.

Learn more about YALSA’s CE opportunities on the association’s website. If you have questions get in touch with me, Linda W. Braun, at

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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