Continuing Education Opportunities

YALSA is the authority for offering high-quality teen services related professional learning opportunities.

Questions about YALSA's Online Learning? Contact Linda Braun, us at  917-847-7804. Have an idea for a course or webinar? Use our online form to let us know!

Ongoing Continuing Education Opportunities

YALSA provides online classes to enhance the skills and knowledge of library staff who work for and with teens. These classes are taught by specialists in teen services and are offered on a rotating basis during the summer, autumn and winter sessions.

Face-to-Face Institutes: YALSA offers face-to-face training! You provide the attendees and the space; we'll provide training materials and a content expert. Learn more about face-to-face training.

Self-Paced Professional Learning
Self-paced e-Learning bundles are a collection of YALSA's most popular webinars and selected YALS articles organized into a mini-curriculum on topics that library staff can learn about in manageable pieces of time. Included are questions to think about while working with the material and context for each topic to help library staff frame their learning.

Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in the field with these interactive learning sessions, presented by an expert YALSA trainer. Webinars are 60 minutes in length and include time for a question and answer period.  Since Jan. 1, 2014, all live webinars are free to YALSA members.  Not a member? Join! YALSA/ALA membership $60 per year.

YALSA Academy Online Educational Videos
The Academy provides short training videos created by and for library staff from around the country. The videos, ranging from 3-7 minutes, address a variety of topics, including: social media, technology tools, programming, advocacy, collection development, customer service, professional development and others.

YELL (YALSA E-Learning Library)
This is a collection of  over 40 of YALSA's Webinars-on-Demand, available 24/7! In these previously recorded webinars, experts from the field will guide you through hour-long sessions that you can put into practice at your library immediately.  All on-demand webinars are free to members.

Other Opportunities

Consulting: consulting is available on a range of topics relating to teen services in libraries, including: strategic planning, budgeting, evaluation of the overall teen services program, collection development, staffing the teen department, managing teen behavior, and more. View a list of YALSA consulting and training opportunities.

Future Ready with the Library
YALSA has grant funding to train 80 small, rural and tribal library staff from 2016 - 2018 around providing college and career readiness services for and with middle schoolers

Twitter Chats
Occasionally YALSA hosts a Twitter chat on a particular topic such as program ideas for summer learning or recommended programs for Teen Tech Week.  Check YALSA's Google calendar or follow YALSA on Twitter @yalsa for details.

Virtual Mentoring Program
YALSA is currently re-envisioning it's virtual mentoring program. Stay tuned for more information available summer 2017.

National Forum
From June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 YALSA will partner with COSLA to host a National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through Continuing Education.  The result of this project will be a national agenda for CE for teen services that state library agencies, graduate schools and others can use to plan and deliver effective learning programs for library staff.