A taskforce of YALSA members and staff have been at work updating YALSA’s “Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth” (last updated in 2010), with particular emphasis on aligning the document with the principles in the following YALSA documents: the 2014 Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action report, the 2016 Organizational Plan and Implementation Plan, and the 2017 Research Agenda.
I am happy to announce the taskforce has completed a draft set of competencies for member review and comment. The goal of the competencies document is to create a framework that:
- Applies to library staff working in a variety of settings and positions;
- Focuses on teen services for/with ages 12-18;
- Is based on current research; and
- Reflects emerging trends and issues in the Library and Information Science and Youth Development fields.
The draft competencies include a set of dispositions and ten core knowledge content areas which collectively define what library staff need to know and be able to do to provide quality teen library programs and services. Recognizing that professional practice develops over time with experience, training, and higher education, the draft competencies are grouped by level in each core knowledge content area. Each level is a prerequisite to the next, with knowledge and skill in one level required before moving to the next.
YALSA would like feedback from the library community and beyond to help strengthen this draft document. A draft of the updated version (pdf) is available for your review. To provide your comments, use this online form. The review period will run from Sept. 18, 2017 to Oct. 18, 2017. The taskforce will use your feedback to refine and finalize the document. The taskforce will also be adding an introductory statement for the document and for each of the ten competency areas.
We are looking forward to your feedback and comments on this very important document.
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, YALSA President