Young Adults Deserve the Best

Young Adults Deserve the Best is a training initiative to help library staff successfully connect to and work with teens in their public or school library. Created by trainers for trainers, directors, or librarians to use in their libraries, these instructional kits provide guided training with customizable PowerPoints, a complete script and optional group activities.

Kits are organized into modules, and trainers can either teach them individually in one hour segments, or combine them for a full day of training.  Each kit includes a literature review and each PowerPoint presentation is accompanied by an introductory paper and list of additional resources. 

The curriculum for Young Adults Deserve the Best is based on YALSA's national guidelines: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth.

Understanding Teen Behavior for a Positive Library Experience

Understanding Teen Behavior for a Positive Library Experience

Dynamic and full of energy, teens can be a challenging patron population to serve, even for the most experienced library worker. From the circulation desk, to the reference desk to the security desk, everyone is involved with addressing behavioral issues in the library.  This curriculum is designed to provide tips and resources to make addressing teen behavior easy for staff.

This instructional kit provides training on: the developing teen brain and how it affects teen behavior; how to build successful teen programs and Teen Advisory Boards; how to prevent and address teen behavior issues, and how library administration can support and foster teen development.

Contributing authors include: Amy Alessio, Erin Downey Howerton, and Sarah Flowers.

This kit addresses the following areas in Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Leadership and Professionalism; Knowledge of Client Group; Communication, Marketing, & Outreach; Administration and Services. View a free online demo of the presentation for Module V on teen development.

 Order your kit today! http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3992. Cost: $175 for digital download; $199 for paper edition with CD containing PowerPoint presentations (binder-ready, three-hole punched and tabbed). Bulk pricing is available at 20% off orders of 25 or more. 

Listen to a sample lesson from this kit now! http://tinyurl.com/cdxhv7v

Strengthening Teen Services through Technology

Keeping up with the latest tech trends can be challenging for even the most determined library worker.  This kit provides libraries with 1) resources to help library workers gain confidence in using tech resources with teens and 2) with specific tech tools that can easily be incorporated into library services for teens.  Teens are an integral part of the community the library serves and key future supporters of the library. It is critical for libraries to stay relevant in teens’ lives, especially in technology. From gaming to apps to e-readers to smartphones, teens are constantly plugged into technology.

Training modules include: technology and reading, technology and programming, technology in marketing, advocacy and outreach, emerging technological trends, online safety and digital literacy.

Contributing authors include: Linda Braun, Shauntee Burns, Laura Pearle, Brenna Shanks and Chris Shoemaker.

 This kit addresses the following areas in Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth: Leadership and Professionalism; Knowledge of Client Group; Communication, Marketing, & Outreach; Knowledge of Materials; Access to Information and Services. View a free online demo of Module IV on marketing and outreach.

Order your kit today! http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3910. Cost: $175 for digital download; $199 for paper with CD containing PowerPoint presentations (binder-ready, three-hole punched and tabbed). Bulk pricing is available at 20% off orders of 25 or more.

Listen to a sample lesson from this kit now! http://tinyurl.com/bpo4q6f

Audience

Young Adults Deserve the Best instructional kits were created by state-level library trainers and trainers at library systems. The content of Young Adults Deserve the Best can be customized for a variety of audiences, including library support staff, librarian generalists, teen services specialists and even parents and educators.

Availability

A digital download or paper edition with CD containing PowerPoint presentations (binder-ready, three-hole punched and tabbed of each kit is available for purchase.

Network

YALSA has created a Facebook page especially for trainers to use to share tips, resources and successes relating to providing training around teen services.  Please visit the site to network with your fellow trainers and find and share ideas.

Questions

Please direct questions to Nicole Gibby Munguia, Program Officer for Continuing Education at nmunguia@ala.org or 800.545.2433 x5293.