YALSA awarded $497,635 from IMLS to implement “Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach” project

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), will implement a new project, Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. The three-year project is generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The project will bring together state library agency (SLA) youth consultants and frontline library staff from each U.S. state/territory for a robust training program that aims to help them build connected learning (CL), computer science (CS), cultural competence and other skills so they can better serve and meet the learning needs of youth in their communities. Training will be approached through a CL framework, which will enable library staff to plan and deliver programs regardless of the technology available at their library, and their level of CS-specific skills.

“By working collaboratively with SLA youth consultants and frontline library staff, YALSA will be able to help library staff implement the elements of The Future of Library Services for and with Teens and YALSA’s new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff, thus transforming library services for teens across the country,” said YALSA President Sandra Hughes-Hassell.

After a pilot session, the project will train 55 state library agency (SLA) staff and 55 frontline library staff members to deliver continuing education (CE) to other library staff in their state, who will in turn provide programs and services for/with youth, especially underrepresented youth. The initial train the trainer (TTT) training will take place via in-person and online sessions in Years 1 and 2. Following these sessions, each of the 110 TTT cohort members will then plan, implement and evaluate at least five training sessions in their state.

During the course of the project, various resources such free webinars and e-courses will be available to the library community, along with a report, Trainer’s Facilitation Guide and Teen Programming Guidebook focused on CL, CS, and other activities at the conclusion of the project.

To learn more about the project, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/train-trainer-project.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.