graphic line drawing of a person surrounded by question marksWhat are you doing this spring? Why not consider participating in one of YALSA’s CE opportunities which include a brand new e-course and three webinars all focusing on topics that help all library staff working with and for teens to support youth and their communities. Read on to find out what the association has coming up:

New E-Course

More Than Just a Ramp: Disability Services Beyond the ADA
April 28 – June 8
This 6-week e-course will take you through all aspects of making your library accessible to patrons with disabilities by going beyond ramps and accessible bathroom stalls. Along with building a base knowledge of disability, ableism, and accessibility, this course covers topics such as disability etiquette, teen mental health, and disability in the workplace. Through weekly reading and optional live Zoom meetings, participants will gain deeper understanding of disability services and actionable strategies for making the library more accessible. A project participants will develop during the last three weeks of the class will offer opportunities for real world practice and an opportunity to be published on the YALSAblog and/or the YALSA Programming HQ.Students in the course should expect to spend about 2 hours per week on course content.

Learn more and register for this E-Course.

Spring Webinars

All YALSA webinars are free to members as a perk of membership. YALSA members can access registration details in the weekly association e-news or by signing into their ALA account and visiting the “Members Only” section of the YALSA website and visiting the webinar registration page.

Non-YALSA members who want access to YALSA’s webinars can become a webinar subscriber ($59 for an annual subscription) or register for individual webinars at a cost of $29/per webinar.

April Webinar
What Does it Take to be Career Ready? facilitated by Sasha Gourevitch, Seattle (WA) Office of Economic Development
Thursday, April 11, 2PM Eastern
In 2018 King County (WA), the Seattle Region Partnership, and the Seattle Office of Economic Development published the report, “Job Readiness Skills for Youth a Clear and Actionable Definition.” The report highlights the importance of early work experiences, provides a list of “soft skill” competencies required on the job, and helps define a developmental continuum to better match youth with employers and work experiences. This report outlines the difference between job readiness and career awareness and lays out a framework for building programs for youth that provide opportunities to build soft skills that prepare young people for success in a job and in a career. In this interactive session participants will take part in a conversation about why it’s important to understand the difference between job readiness and career awareness.

May Webinar: Learn 2 Discern
Thursday, May 9, 2PM Eastern facilitated by Katherine Trouern-Trend – Youth Services Librarian, Hartford Public Library, HPL; Nygel White,YOUmedia Mentor, HPL; Tariq Warren, YOUmedia Intern, HPL; Toni-Ann Wilson, YOUmedia Intern, HPL; Tara Susman-Peña,Senior Technical Advisor, IREX
Learn 2 Discern (L2D) helps citizens recognize and resist disinformation, propaganda, and hate speech. In partnership with IREX, Hartford Public Library is shaping the L2D curriculum with and for teens. Join us for insights into bringing media literacy to teens in your library and a sneak peek at a Train-the-Trainer opportunity following ALA Annual Conference in June!

June Webinar: Building Middle School Futures, facilitated by Future Ready with the Library cohort members
Thursday, June 13, 2PM Eastern
Since 2016, as a part of the Future Ready with the Library IMLS-funded project, YALSA and ARSL have worked with small, rural, and tribal libraries in support of middle schooler success. The project focuses on college career awareness for the age group, however that’s not a focus on FAFSA or SATs, it’s a focus on helping young people gain social emotional skills so to be ready to plan for their futures. In this webinar join library staff from Future Ready with the Library cohorts who will discuss how they have built services with community members and partners so to help middle schoolers succeed in life.

Information on YALSA’s full portfolio of continuing education opportunities is available on the YALSA website

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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