Community College

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Earlier this year, I wrote about nontraditional and vocational post-high school options. The Spring 2019 edition of the office journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association is the community college issues.

While are several good articles worth reading I want to discuss “Next Steps: Preparing Teens for Growth and Success at Community College” by Camila Jenkin, (pages 19-4). This article provides a few idea about how teen librarians and high school librarians might support older high school students transition to community college specifically. However, a lot of the suggestions are relevant to any type of college or university experience and some are also relevant to teens who go to trade school or enter the workforce after high school.

  • Talk with teen about who and how to ask for help, providing real life examples.
  • Invite current college students to be on a panel to discuss their college experience; be sure to include more than one first-generation student.
  • Talk with teen about how they find information, including the Internet and Library of Congress classification system.
  • Foster growth mindset thinking. “Many teens have been socialized to believe that they bring nothing of value.” Help them realize the valuable experiences and skills that they bring any college class… or trade school or job.
  • Encourage teens to join a club, study group, or similar soon after they start college—it can be more difficult for community college students to develop a social/support network at college and feel part of college life.
  • Learn about the options your local community college provides to students for getting text books—they are very expensive—and share that information with teens. They need to know their options before they start school, including Fair Use copyright, so they know what to do the first week off college when they don’t have their books yet.

YALSA news: funding for middle school college & career prep, YA Services Symposium, grants for computer science programs

YALSA is offering some exciting opportunities (including funding!). See below for details!

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationFunding & CE Opportunity for Rural, Small & Tribal Library Staff
Now through September 1st, small, rural, and tribal library staff can apply to be a part of a cohort of learners and do-ers who will create college and career readiness (CCR) services for the middle schoolers in their community. Successful applicants will receive a wide variety of support, including access to mentors, a stipend to purchase CCR materials, and funds to travel to Denver, CO, from February 8th to 9th for orientation, as well as to another conference of their choice. Cohort members will work online throughout 2018 to develop, implement, and evaluate a CCR service with a partner in their community.

Get New Ideas & Inspirations!
Registration is open for the YA Services Symposium this November 3rd through 5th in Louisville, KY. The theme is “empowering teens to increase your library’s impact.” Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come to this event. Learn more, register, and view the preliminary program!

Give a Little, Get a Lot
Everyone is welcome to join YALSA/ALA, and membership starts at $61 per year and entitles you to all kinds of great benefits, such as free live monthly webinars and a link to the recordings (a $760 value). You’ll also be connected to 4,800+ fabulous library staff across the country who share the same interests and challenges as you! Your dues support YALSA’s advocacy efforts, including our work with ALA and Congressional staff to boost library funding nationwide. Learn more or join. Questions? Contact Letitia Smith at lsmith@ala.org or 312.280.4390. She’s happy to help!

Grants to Support Computer Science Programs
ALA has announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. ALA will award between 25 and 50 grants worth between $5,000 and $25,000 each. Apply now!

Get support for college and career readiness programs

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationYALSA has teamed up with the Association of Rural and Small Libraries to support small, rural, and tribal library staff in developing college and career prep offerings for middle schoolers. They’re now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project, which is funded by IMLS. Thirty participants will be selected, and applications are due by September 1st. Those selected to participate in the second cohort will meet face-to-face for a two day orientation just before the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Want details? Check out the FAQ, the list of libraries in the first cohort, updates about the project on the YALSAblog, and an informational webinar this Thursday at 4pm. We’d love to see an Oregon library in the list for the second cohort!