This course is not just for teen librarians but for any person working in libraries seeking to understand and grow themselves as a leader from the ground up. The topics covered were progressive and forward thinking, and challenged traditional leadership norms. Self reflection was a big component of this class. The instructor provided variety in the readings, assignments, and use of technology. I felt very engaged by this course and the instructor, and I will refer back to the what I have learned here as I try to improve my leadership skills.
For four weeks in winter 2018 YALSA ran the Building Basic Leadership Skills E-Course. To accommodate those on the waiting list and to provide the opportunity for more people to participate in the highly rated course, the association is offering another section starting in April. The instructor is Josie Watanabe and you can hear more about what the course covers – including information about topics and assignments – in this 18 minute audio interview with Josie.
The spring course will run from April 30 – May 27 and will include a focus on cultural humility and the importance of understanding oneself when developing and implementing leadership practices. The Nexus LAB Layers of Leadership will provide one jumping off point for the work participants will be involved in. Those enrolled in the course have the chance to work on individual and group projects, receive feedback from the course instructor, and take part in both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
Learn more about the course and register on the YALSA website.