YALSA to offer three online courses

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release
August 29, 2006

YALSA to offer three online courses

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is offering three online courses to run from October 2 to October 30, 2006. Registration opened on August 21, 2006.

The courses are: New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens; Pain in the Brain:
Adolescent Development and Library Behavior; and OutReaching Teens.

"New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens" participants will become familiar with the tools and techniques teens use to communicate and collaborate online; learn how to inform their own community about best practices that support teens' technology-based print literacies; have the opportunity to talk with others about teen use of technology and how that use improves literacy skills; and create framework for a program or service at their library that supports teen technology-based print literacy.
Linda Braun will teach the course.

"Pain in the Brain:
Adolescent Development and Library Behavior" participants will find out exactly why teens act the way they do and learn how librarians can address patron behavior issues in a way that will develop relationships with young adults. By the end of this class, participants will understand the physical development of the adolescent brain and how it manifests into physical and emotional behaviors; examine the developmental needs and assets of adolescents, and the role libraries must play in helping teens grow into healthy adults; discuss how to apply newly acquired knowledge and techniques to improve library services to teens in ways that meet developmental needs and build developmental assets.
Beth Gallaway will teach this course.

"OutReaching Teens" will focus on the importance of providing outreach services; different ways libraries can provide outreach services to teenagers with minimal impact on staff and budget; and
how to garner support for outreach efforts.
Outreach has always been important to libraries and now it is proving to be one of the only sure fire ways of reaching underserved audiences.
Angela Pfeil will teach the course.

Linda Braun is an educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
In her job she works with schools, libraries, and other types of educational institutions to help them figure out the best way to integrate technology into their programs and services. She is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, a columnist for VOYA, and has written several books on topics related to teens and technology.

Beth Gallaway, a
Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2006) is the trainer/consultant for youth services at the Metrowest MA Regional Library System.
Her seven years of experience as a young adult librarian and subsequent Serving the Underserved training have led to local and national presentations on library services for teens. A frequent volunteer for YALSA, Beth is currently the co-chair of the YALSA Teen Gaming Interest Group and a contributor to the YALSA blog.

Angela Pfeil is the product manager for Ask A Librarian, Tutor.com's online reference software. She holds an MLS from SUNY at Buffalo and an MA in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. For the last 9 years, she has served customers in person and online through her work in public libraries as a youth services librarian, community outreach librarian, branch manager, and as a virtual reference librarian for Tutor.com's Librarians By Request service. She has dedicated her entire career in libraries to serving teens, no matter where they are.
Pfeil is the author of "Going Places with Youth Outreach: Smart Marketing Strategies for Your Library" (ALA Editions, 2005).

Registration for the course is available on line from August 21 through September 25

The cost for each course is $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for non members.
The course is the equivalent of a one-day face-to-face workshop.
More tips on taking online courses can be found on the YALSA Web site at:


For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens.
For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to
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