For immediate release | September 28, 2012

Reach teens and tweens with YALSA’s fall online course

CHICAGO — School and teen services librarians find their roles evolving constantly, and many are now called to serve tweens and teens. What are the differences in need between these two age groups, and how do librarians successfully serve both? Find out how in Navigating the Divide between Teens and Tweens, a new online course offered in fall 2012 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The self-paced course takes place Oct. 1 to Oct. 29 and costs $155 for YALSA members, $195 for ALA members and $215 for nonmembers. Navigating the Divide between Teens and Tweens is accredited for 1 CEU.

Students in the course will:

  • Become familiar with local, state and national standards for service to tweens and teens;
  • Identify three areas for personal improvement based on standards observed;
  • Complete an environmental scan of their library;
  • Define two differences between tweens and teens;
  • Identify two methods to improve their library’s marketing to target tweens and teens;
  • Evaluate your current space in terms of local and national standards and identify two areas of improvement;
  • Evaluate current collection development policies in terms of local and national standards and identify two areas of improvement.

This class will be co-taught by Beth Gallaway and Alissa Lauzon of the Haverhill (Mass.) Public Library. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Eve Gaus at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293, for more information.

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Eve Gaus

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

800-545-2433 ext.5293