teen services competencies for library staff coverIn just aver two weeks the ALA Midwinter Meeting gets started in Denver. While in Denver YALSA is hosting two News You Can Use sessions, each focused on the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.

On Sunday, February 11, at 8:30 AM, is a session titled, Incorporating the Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff into LIS Curricula. This 90 minute session looks at how LIS educators and continuing education coordinators can leverage YALSA’s new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff to better prepare future library employees to work for and with teens. In a participatory format attendees will have the chance to redesign and re-envision their very own youth and school library courses to support successful teen services skill development. Those who plan on attending are encouraged to bring a current syllabus, or lesson plan, to use in re-envisioning activities. This session will be facilitated by YALSA President and Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, YALSA Board member and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, Mega Subramaniam, and YALSA CE Consultant, Linda W. Braun.

Also on Sunday, February 11 is a session titled, Implementing YALSA’s Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff in Your Library. This 60 minute workshop will help library staff more effectively use and communicate these competencies in their libraries. Participants will:

  • Hear about how libraries are already using the Competencies in their day-to-day work with and for teens.
  • Work in small groups to consider what needs they and their libraries have in order to demonstrate and/or gain the skills and knowledge outlined in the Competencies.
  • Give feedback to YALSA on the support libraries need to implement the Competencies successfully.

This session begins at 10:30 AM and will be facilitated by front-line library staff.

Each event is at the Colorado Convention Center Rm 501/502.

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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