Badges for Learning
Access the Badges for Learning site: http://yalsabadges.ala.org
These micro-credentials help library staff gain skills in the areas covered in YALSA’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries. For example, micro-credential earners will be able to:
- Learn how to use Twitter to connect with teens and other community members and earn a micro-credential in the area of Marketing, Outreach, and Communication.
- Gain skills in building library collections for teens to earn a micro-credential in the area of Knowledge of Materials.
- Write a parking lot speech and earn a micro-credential in the area of administration
What Do Micro-credentials Mean to Me?
Since digital badges (the digital representation of the micro-credentials you've earned) are virtual, when you earn them you can add them to a variety of web-based spaces. You can:
• Add badges to a Facebook profile.
• Include them in a blog on a variety of platforms.
• Point potential employers to your badge page on the YALSA website.
• Include badges on your resume.
By displaying these badges in these virtual spaces you will be able to easily and visually inform colleagues, employers, potential employers, and others about your teen services skills and knowledge. You can also point colleagues in and outside of teen services to the badges, through which they can drill down to your micro-credential, so that they too can learn how to best work for and with teens.
Where Can I Learn More?
There is a lot of information on the web about micro-credentials and virtual badges. Two places to get started learning about them are:
Project funding was generously provided by HASTAC, the Mozilla Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.