YALSA Releases Recommendations for Continuing Education for Teen Services

The report offers four recommendations and highlights successful models.
For the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant project, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies spent a year researching successful continuing education models and learning what more is needed to best equip library staff to meet the needs of their teen patrons. The two organizations held a national forum and town halls, interviewed library administrators and staff, and spoke with various stakeholders during the process. They have now released a report, "Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education: Findings and Recommendations," based on their findings. The report offers four overall recommendations to improve continuing education for teens:
  1. Commit to continuing education that promotes deeper learning
  2. Connect with others to provide a richer learning experience
  3. Create an organizational culture that prioritizes staff learning
  4. Embrace effective models for continuing education
As for the fourth recommendation, the report highlights a few successful models, including ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM), ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code, and Leadership Anchorage. The report also provides recommendations for specific stakeholders, including national organizations working with and for libraries, state library agencies, library science graduate programs, and continuing education providers, designers, and trainers. For more information on the project and its findings and recommendations, read the YALSA blog post, executive summary, or full report. Continuing education resources can be found at ala.org/yalsa/continuingeducation.

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