Train the Trainer Project

YALSA in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) is implementing "Transforming Teen Services: a Train the Trainer Approach" from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. This effort brings together state library agency (SLA) youth consultants and front-line library staff for a robust training program. Once the SLA and selected front-line staff are trained, they in turn will provide training to library staff throughout their state. This project is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read the grant proposal (.pdf) and the initial IMLS press release.

Pilot Year Participants Selected

Five state library agencies and front-line staff from local libraries in those states were selected to participate in the pilot year of the project.  Participants will attend a face-to-face meeting in early October 2018 and then design and facilitate training for library staff in their state over the next three years. Pilot states and participants are:


  • Gail Sheldon, Alabama Public Library Service
  • Lance Simpson, Tuscaloosa Public Library


  • Christina Dorman, Maine State Library
  • Will Brown, Falmouth Public Library


  • Leah Larson, State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Andrea Engbert, Anoka Public Library

Rhode Island

  • Danielle Margarida, Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services
  • Rebecca Ott, Tiverton Public Library


  • Tessa Schmidt, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology
  • Caitlin Schaffer, Oconomowoc Public Library
  • Laurie Freund, Bridges Library System
  • Angela Myers, Bridges Library System

Informational Session Materials

On July 2, 2018 the project team held an informational session with state library agency staff. The recording of the session along with the presentation slides and chat transcript are available. (Note: links to the slides and chat transcript are in the video description on YouTube.)

Project Background

Recent reports such as the Aspen Institute’s “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries,” and YALSA’s IMLS-funded “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” outline a new vision for public libraries and teen services that can only be achieved by building the knowledge and skills of library staff. While some schools of library and information science are looking at how to re-imagine their curricula for pre-service library staff, it is also essential that at the same time there is a united effort to develop strategic directions for cultivating the skills of those already working in the field.  This latest project builds on the earlier work YALSA and COSLA did via their National Forum on Transforming Teen Services through Continuing Education.

State Library Agency staff play a critical leadership role in the development and delivery of library-related continuing education (CE) to front line library staff. By implmenting a training program for and with youth services representative from each of the 50 SLAs as well as front-line library staff, YALSA and COSLA will achieve the next step toward developing a coordinated, efficient, and effective process for transforming teen services throughout the U.S., so that teen programs and services enhance civic and cultural engagement, facilitate lifelong learning, promote digital inclusion, and support economic vitality. 

Contact Linda Braun, YALSA's CE Consultant with questions.