Three professional development opportunities from YALSA – Deadline is near!

This fall, YALSA is offering three professional development opportunities that can help school librarians and administrators stretch their budget dollars, incorporate teen volunteers into library services, and develop school-friendly passive programming. Through September 27, we’re offering $10 off all online course registrations. ($10 off offer does not apply to webinar registration.)

Growing, Managing, and Defending the YA Budget Online Course

In this class, students will learn how to:

  • effectively sell and defend YA expenditures to administrators
  • find and successfully apply for grants
  • stretch budgets by partnering with Friends groups or other departments of your organization

This asynchronous, four-week class starts Oct. 4. Registration costs $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers, but hurry ā€” registration ends Sept. 27 at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

Instructor Monique Delatte, a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and acquisitions librarian at Fullerton College and librarian at Rio Hondo Community College, successfully applied for more than $50,000 in grants and awards in two years while working for the County of Los Angeles public libraries.


Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services Online Course

In this class, students will learn how to:

  • get teens involved in collection development, program planning, and designing virtual and physical teen library space and identify practical ways to increase youth participation at the library
  • learn how to promote the benefits of incorporating teen input into services to administrators
  • develop evaluative tools for programs and services that utilize teens in the planning process

This asynchronous, four-week class starts Oct. 4. Registration costs $135 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, and $195 for nonmembers, but hurry ā€” registration ends Sept. 27 at www.ala.org/yalsa/onlinecourses.

Instructor Amy Alessio, teen coordinator for the Schaumburg (Ill.) Township District Library, is an award-winning presenter and author who co-wrote A Year of Programs for Teens and edited Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, 5th Edition, for YALSA.


Do More with Less: Passive Programs Webinar

Keeping up programming in the face of budget cuts and staff reductions are challenges school and public librarians across the country are facing. In this hour-long, interactive webinar, two YALSA experts will discuss how school and public librarians can plan, design and implement passive programs for their library.

This hour-long, interactive webinar will take place on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Registration costs $39 for individual YALSA members and $49 for all other individuals. Group registration is available for $195. Register by Oct. 19 at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

Gregory Lum is the library director at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. Sarah Ludwig is past head of teen and technology services at Darien Public Library in Darien, Connecticut, and current academic technology coordinator at Hamden Hall Country Day School.