YALSA receives IMLS Grant for National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through CE project

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/19/2017


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) was awarded a grant in the amount of $99,784 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant funds will be used to host a National Forum on Transforming Teen Services Through Continuing Education, which will address the importance of prioritizing the role of continuing education in teen services and the need for State Library Agency (SLA) staff to gain skills that will help them support and train public library staff in teen services.

The forum, a yearlong effort starting June 2017, will be implemented over the course of several phases which include: both face-to-face and virtual meetings and discussions, as well as researching and testing key findings, and culminating with the dissemination of a final report and supplementary materials.

“I'm thrilled that state library agency youth services staff from all over the country will have the opportunity to build their professional learning network while increasing their expertise in teen services,” said YALSA President Sarah Hill. “I foresee this cohort leading the way to help set a national agenda for continuing education in teen services, and I am very grateful to IMLS for funding this important project.”

As part of the national forum project, a one-and-a-half-day summit will be held November in Louisville where the project’s advisory board, SLA youth services staff, and other invitees will engage in in-depth discussions about:

  • the skills and strategies needed by SLA youth staff to provide quality CE and support to library staff in the area of teen services
  • identifying the critical content areas in teen services that require public library staff to gain new skills and knowledge
  • ways to leverage existing continuing education resources and organizational relationships to support the development of SLA youth services staff;
  • and more.  

Learn more about the National Forum here. To receive updates on the project, such as when the virtual discussions will be held and to receive a copy of the final report, please complete this brief form.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.