YALSA's Online Learning

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 Online Learning Opportunities

Badges for Learning
This virtual badge program offers library staff a way to gain skills related to the standards outlined in Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries.

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.

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 Online Learning 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’s virtual mentoring program pairs an experienced librarian with a new library worker or graduate student in a Library Science program. Applications are due on June 1 of each year.