Badges for Learning

Access the Badges for Learning site: http://yalsabadges.ala.org

These badges help library staff gain skills in the areas covered in YALSA’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries. For example badge earners will be able to:

  • Learn how to use Twitter to connect with teens and other community members and earn a badge in the area of Marketing, Outreach, and Communication.
  • Gain skills in building library collections for teens to earn a badge in the area of Knowledge of Materials.
  • Write a parking lot speech and earn a badge in the area of administration

What Do Badges Mean to Me?

Since badges 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 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 virtual badges. Two places to get started learning about them are:

•      DML Central Badges Category

•      YALSAblog 30 Days of Innovation: Learn Something New

Project funding was generously provided by HASTAC, the Mozilla Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.