Utilizing the Competencies to Boost Skills and Services

Monday, 7/5/2021
Utilizing the Competencies to Boost Skills and Services will be a highly reflective class designed to help participants explore applications of the 2020 Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Libraries. The course will focus on finding ways to demonstrate competence in the field, strategically plan library service using the competencies, action steps to put new competency-aligned practices into place, and creating artifacts to strengthen professional portfolios. Weekly activities will include assigned readings, discussion posts, and artifact creation. We will focus on one competency section each week, until Week Six, which will combine administrative and management skills with professionalism and professional development. 
Due to time constraints, this course will not cover each competency in-depth, but rather will focus on the seven key subject areas. The course should foster consideration of the competencies in professional work and job searching. The course will be designed to offer instructor- and student-led peer learning activities to draw on areas of expertise and to support learners in areas needing development. 
This is a six week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of July 5, 2021.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this course, learners will: 

  • strengthen their understanding of the competencies and how they impact library service to children. 
  • strengthen their application of critical review skills through a lens of the competencies to real-life professional situations. 
  • better prepare to incorporate competencies into their daily library work and decision-making.

While participating in this course, learners will: 

  • examine the updated 2020 Competencies through weekly readings, discussions, and assignments.
  • develop a competencies-aligned professional portfolio.
  • design personalized frameworks to align competencies to practice.

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians at the beginning of their careers or mid-career, or for administrators looking to support staff development and goal setting that aligns with the ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Libraries.


Amanda Yother is a librarian with a decade of professional experience in public libraries, school libraries, and library training and development. Amanda holds an undergraduate degree from Tennessee Technological University's College of Education in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Currently studying Adult Education at the University of Memphis, Amanda's research interests include online sociocultural learning, professional development in public libraries, and self-identities of rural-based public librarians. 



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $215
ALA Personal Member: $260
Nonmember: $289

Member rates apply to personal memberships only. Interested in joining ALSC? Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration for this course has now closed. Please check back for future offerings of this course. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing no later than seven days before the class starts; please email Sarah Polen, Program Officer for Continuing Education, to process your cancellation. Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee. No phone cancellations will be accepted. Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course. ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons, including insufficient enrollment. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Sarah Polen.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet access

Credits or CEUs

A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.


If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Registration Services by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Sarah Polen, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.