In order to ensure that librarians and library workers have the skills needed to engage, educate and support teens, YALSA offers a wealth of continuing education activities, including e-learning and a biennial symposium. YALSA's digital badges were developed under a grant from HASTAC, Mozilla, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and are linked to YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. They provide a new way for librarians and library workers to gain skills and demonstrate their expertise to employers.
These badges are for any school or public library staff member working with teens. The lessons completed in order to earn a badge help staff gain the skills they need to successfully work with adolescents and provide a visual way to show what skills a particular staff member has gained. They can be used on resumes, in social spaces and to show colleagues, administrators and current and potential employers what a staff member knows about teens and libraries. You can read more about badges on the YALSAblog.
Visit our FAQ page to learn more and find out how to successfully complete the steps for each of our badges by viewing our help materials.