YALSA Online Courses

Online Courses (YALSA) | Low-cost continuing education for teen services specialists, school librarians and library workers.


Upcoming Courses


Adulting in the Library: Teaching Life Skills to Teens

Format: asynchronous with weekly modules.


Start Date: July 10, 2023, 12:00 am CDT

End Date: August 20, 2023, 12:00 am CDT

Duration: 6 weeks

ALA Member Price: $260.10

Non Member Price: $289.00

Division Member Price: $231.20

Credit Type: Certificate Available upon Completion

Course Description:

Mastering life skills such as financial management, career development, cooking, and self-care is important for young adults. This course explores perspectives and applicable techniques for teaching life skills at the library to teens.

In this course, Kimberli Buckley, author of Teaching Life Skills at the Library: Programs and Activities on Money Management, Career Development, and More, will show you important life skills, inspire you to develop life skills programs that address critical needs, and teach you how to plan and present your own life skills program or series at your library.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book, which will serve as the primary text for the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for best serving library users in need of life skills preparation
  • Identify important life skills young adults in their community need to succeed in adulthood
  • Critically engage with life skills issues
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of library life skills programs

Kimberli S. Buckley has over fifteen years of experience in the library field working with teens and adults. She is currently the library manager at Concord Library in Contra Costa County, California. Kimberli has a passion for teaching classes on life skills for emerging adults. She teaches at San Jose State University’s School of Information and also teaches an online class called Growing Up Is Hard. She loves to be creative when it comes to library programming, and she has been known to tap into her inner unicorn to bring all her ideas to life. Kimberli has an MLIS degree from San Jose State University and an MA in consciousness studies from John F. Kennedy University.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at ce@ala.org or at 312-280-5100.