Beyond Booklists


This course is currently available to groups interested in holding a licensed presentation exclusively for their organization.

In this YALSA online course, find out how to go Beyond Booklists to serve today's teens, the most diverse generation ever. Participants will learn about available tools to help them identify the diverse teen populations in their service area and explore ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for the diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. Participants will also gain skills in addressing issues such as language barriers, cultural differences, and institutional support.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge to assess the ethnic/racial make-up of the community a library serves.
  • Understand what makes up culture and discover how cultural competence is an essential teen developmental need/asset. 
  • Discover access points that remove barriers libraries may create to ethnically/racially/linguistically diverse teens and their families plus examine the idea of community asset mapping as a means to develop successful outreach and library programming/services for ethnically/racially/linguistically diverse teens.
  • Examine the image society promotes of teens in ethnic/racial/linguistic minority groups, explore how commercial marketing to teens can help us understand how to better reach our target user group plus examine how a logic model can assist in measuring the success of library programming/services to ethnically/racially/linguistically diverse teens

Who Should Attend

  • Teen Services librarians
  • School librarians
  • Public librarians
  • Administrators
  • Education professionals who work directly with teens in a culturally diverse setting


Jennifer Velásquez is the Teen Services Coordinator of the San Antonio Public Library. She has worked exclusively with teens in the public library setting for more than 15 years.



For groups interested in a group-exclusive offering of this course (minimum 15 participants) $155 per person



How to Register

This course is currently available for groups interested in holding a licensed presentation. To arrange for this course to be offered exclusively to your group, please contact Nicole Gibby Munguia at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5293.


1 CEU credit


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer for Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.